The London-Paris 2014 Official Teams

We have a record number of teams participating this year. Find out more about them and their motivation to ride The London-Paris 2014 and lift the Team Award in Paris.

Team Name: Ashurst

  • Martin Buck, United Kingdom
  • Sarah Johnson, United Kingdom
  • Jamie Chapman, United Kingdom
  • Mark Syrett, United Kingdom

Ashurst  is a combined team from the real estate team at law firm Ashurst and its longstanding client Crossrail.  The Ashurst real estate practice provide a full service covering all areas of real estate transactions, including funds, finance, construction, planning, litigation, tax, environmental, energy, corporate and restructuring teams. The practice in London is made up of over 50 partners and lawyers, and the teams are formed to match and mirror clients' requirements, whether developers, investors, occupiers or funders, and for the relevant sector of the market, whether offices, retail, residential, hotel, infrastructure, commercial or leisure. Ashurst has a demonstrable track record across the real estate sector worldwide, and the practice is ranked Tier 1 for real estate within Chambers UK 2014.  The Ashurst team will be raising funds for various charities.


Team Name: Bulk Hardware

  • Paul Daniels, United Kingdom
  • Simon Nicoll, United Kingdom
  • Gareth Rees, United Kingdom
  • Roy Slide, United Kingdom

Bulk Hardware is Britain's leading supplier to trade of bulk packed and pre-packed hardware, ironmongery, DIY and housewares products.

As well as offering numerous extensive product ranges of our own, we also specialise in designing, producing and supplying own-brand ranges for customers.


Team Name: Chain Reaction Cycles

Team 1

  • Stephen Carrick, United Kingdom
  • Nick Mitchell, United Kingdom
  • Rob Ingle, United Kingdom
  • Guy Wilkinson, United Kingdom

Team 2

  • Stefan Zakorchemny, United Kingdom
  • Rupert Williams, United Kingdom
  • Nick Apetroaie, United Kingdom
  • David Salway, United Kingdom

Team 3

  • Rob Johnstone, United Kingdom
  • Lindsay Parry, United Kingdom
  • Graham Nicholson, United Kingdom
  • Leonard Clemens, Austria

Team 4

  • Mark Jones, United Kingdom
  • Paula Jones, United Kingdom
  • John Reid, United Kingdom
  • Toqir Khalid, United Kingdom

Chain Reaction Cycles, the world's largest online bike store has grown through hard work, a strong family ethos and investment in stock, systems and most importantly people. We strive to provide you with the best products at the best prices, in the fastest delivery time possible.

We love 'all things bikes' and we are dedicated to keeping the following 5 core values:

  • To sell at the best possible price
  • To only sell quality products
  • To be honest about stock when we have products in stock and when we don?t
  • To always be there when you need us
  • To endeavour to always dispatch goods the same day you order them

We provide worldwide shipping so whether you are just down the road from us or on the other side of the world we strive to deliver your products to the highest standard in the shortest time.


Team Name: City Index

Team 1

  • Charles Fisher, United Kingdom
  • David Leach, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Adley, United Kingdom
  • Craig Wilson, United Kingdom

Team 2

  • David Offen, United Kingdom
  • Stefan Barron, Finland
  • Marc Morgan-Davies, United Kingdom
  • Nick Ford, United Kingdom

City Index Group is a global leader in spread betting, Contracts for Difference (CFDs) and retail FX, providing consistently competitive spreads and margin access to thousands of markets worldwide including indices, shares, currencies and commodities, across its multi award winning internet and mobile trading platforms.

Formed in 1983 as one of the UK's first spread betting providers, City Index has grown to become a leading global provider of retail trading services. The Group transacts in excess of 1.5 million trades per month for customers around the world through its multi award winning internet and mobile trading platforms.

The Group trades primarily under the City Index, Finspreads, FX Solutions and IFX brands whilst also providing a fully outsourced white label solution to several partners.

City Index is committed to providing a market-leading global service based on competitive and transparent pricing, accessible and innovative technology and unrivalled customer support and education.

Simon Bird, the Group's Chief Operating Officer and seasoned rider, leads the City Index cycling team to Paris. Simon's team placed a strong 2nd overall in the 2012 edition of The London-Paris event.

Good luck team!


Team Name: Cobia

  • Steve Wiles, United Kingdom
  • John Davis, United Kingdom
  • James Doyle, United Kingdom
  • Kevin Riley, United Kingdom

Cobia is a professional solutions business providing payroll, tax and accounting solutions for employers of all sizes. These solutions focus on:

  • Outsourced Payroll
  • Implementing and managing salary sacrifice arrangements
  • Benefits and Expenses
  • Pensions Auto-Enrolment
  • Employment Tax Consulting
  • Financial Accounting

This 2014 Edition of London-Paris will be the 3rd time that Cobia has entered a team under the captaincy of Managing Director, Steve Wiles.  The event is firmly engrained into the culture at Cobia and each year clients are encouraged to join the team.

This year Cobia is delighted to welcome John Davis, Finance Director at relocations business Harrow Green as well as Kevin Riley from Eurotech Monitoring.


Team Name: Velo Club Crossrail

  • Harold Pearce, United Kingdom
  • Martin Rowark, United Kingdom
  • Ben Patton, United Kingdom
  • Stuart Powels, United Kingdom

VC Crossrail is a privately entered team made up of members of the £14.8bn Crossrail programme, currently the largest infrastructure project in Europe. This major new railway will stretch over 100km and include 21km of new rail tunnels under central London and 10 new stations. Crossrail will increase London's rail capacity by 10% and bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 commuting distance of London's major employment centres. Over 200 million passengers a year will use Crossrail when it opens in 2018. The members of VC Crossrail are all self funded and are raising money for a number of charities including The Railway Children.

Team Name: DHL

Team 1

  • Nick Archer, United Kingdom
  • Mike Breslin, Ireland
  • Nick Gordon, United Kingdom
  • Jon Luing, United Kingdom

Team 2

  • Dave Jones, United Kingdom
  • Chris Honor, United Kingdom
  • Simon Price, United Kingdom
  • Mark Taylor, United Kingdom

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "The Logistics company for the world".  DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and 310,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. 


Team Name: Garrington

  • Jonathan Hopper, United Kingdom
  • Nick Finn, United Kingdom
  • John Adamson, United Kingdom
  • James Rawes, United Kingdom

Garrington was originally founded by property expert and TV celebrity Phil Spencer to offer a new way of finding property. For more than a decade we have sourced, negotiated and secured properties on behalf of our clients, acquiring private residences, second homes, or properties for rental or investment, and on many occasions before the property has even come onto the open market.

Years of property search experience and knowledge are channelled into satisfying individual requirements in terms of location, price, architecture and internal configuration. Consultants always remain objective, which gives balance to a search.

The Garrington group of companies also now serves corporate clients with their employee relocation needs and through a separate asset management division, Garrington looks after client investment property portfolios.

Garrington is committed to supporting good causes as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. The Garrington team have nominated CLIC Sargent to be their charity of the year in 2014 and our London to Paris riders will be raising funds to support the amazing work carried out by this charity.

If you would like to know more about Garrington, our chosen charity CLIC Sargent or make a donation in support of our riders, please follow one of the following links:


0207 099 2773

Team Name: Hogan Lovells

Team 1

  • Martin Chakraborty, Germany
  • Ben Higson, United Kingdom
  • Verena Von Bomhard, Germany
  • Susan Bright, United Kingdom

Team 2

  • Tom Astle, United Kingdom
  • Matt Bowman, United Kingdom
  • Emma Clarke, United Kingdom
  • Malcolm Fisher, United Kingdom

Hogan Lovells is a leading international law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 40 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Our firm operates a matched-giving campaign, "Touch", which is a fund-raising commitment designed to advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. We support a local nonprofit in each of the countries where we work and also support an international nonprofit on a global level.


Team Name: ICAP


  • Stephen Hulsman, United States
  • Mark Bruce, United Kingdom
  • Neal Lovell, United Kingdom
  • Stuart Taplin, United Kingdom


  • Andy Samsonoff, United Kingdom
  • Lee Browne, United Kingdom
  • Clive England, United Kingdom
  • David Hands, United Kingdom


  • Paul Haddock, United Kingdom
  • Rachael Little, United Kingdom
  • Stephen O'Connor, United Kingdom
  • Ian Hunt, United Kingdom


  • David Simons, United States
  • Andrew Berry, United Kingdom
  • Ian Walker, United Kingdom
  • Henry Liddell, United Kingdom


  • Eleanor Chaplin, United Kingdom
  • Damian Mitchell, United Kingdom
  • Rider 3, TBC
  • Rider 4, TBC

ICAP is the world's leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services. With approximately 5,000 staff we operate a global network in 32 countries and are active in both established and emerging markets. ICAP's business covers markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, FX, emerging markets, equities and equity derivatives.


Team Name: IG

  • Ivan Gowan, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Bole, United Kingdom
  • Paul Brooking, United Kingdom
  • Alex Stephenson, United Kingdom

IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial markets – including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries.

Established in 1974 as the world's first financial spread betting firm, its aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is already an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world's No.1 provider of CFDs* and a global leader in forex, and will be launching its new execution-only stockbroking service in late 2014.

It is a member of the FTSE 250, with offices across Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the US, where it offers limited risk derivatives contracts via the Nadex brand.

IG has been heavily involved in cycling through past sponsorships of Team Sky, the Tour of Britain, the IG London Nocturne and Team IG-Sigma Sport.

*Based on revenue excluding FX, published financial statements, August 2013.


Team Name: Kayne

  • Patricia Anderson, United States
  • Moshe Cohen, United States
  • David Newman, United States
  • Stephen Rigali, United States

Kayne Anderson Rudnick is a boutique investment management firm based in Los Angeles, California.

The firm was originally established to manage founder capital and currently provides investment management and wealth advisory services to over $9 billion in assets for corporations, endowments, foundations, public entities, and high-net-worth individuals globally.

With over thirty years of experience in preserving and enhancing their clients' wealth, Kayne Anderson Rudnick continues its dedication to quality in its business practices and investment approach.


Team Name:  RAW 4 TCT

  • Richard Avery-Wright, Guernsey
  • Yousof Khan, Guernsey
  • Edward Lawrence, Switzerland
  • John O'Reilly, United Kingdom

RAW Capital Partners – A Systematic Approach to Investing

RAW Capital Partners Limited is a boutique asset management company incorporated and based in Guernsey. The business was established in 2012 by Richard Avery-Wright  and Dr. Dennis Stoller. The co-founders have a combined experience in financial markets of over 40 years, covering all market crises from 1987 through to the present day in a wide variety of asset classes.

Applying science to finance, RAW Capital Partners uses a systematic investment approach, which we believe leads to a far more consistent performance than discretionary trading, and with superior capital protection. By employing a common sense, rules-based, approach to investing, our aim is to produce positive and less volatile investment returns in all market conditions. Our methodology offers investors a rational approach to investing, unswayed by human behavioural biases.

Our Funds Fund Description
RAW Global Alpha Fund  A systematically managed global futures fund
RAW Cash Deposit Fund  A high yield, highly diversified bank deposit fund
RAW UK Equity Fund  A systematically managed UK large, mid and small cap equity fund 
RAW UK Gilt Fund   A systematically managed UK Gilt fund
RAW UK Balanced Fund          The Balanced Fund invests dynamically across the range of funds described above.


Team 1

  • Eleanor Cooper, United Kingdom
  • Roy Simpson, United Kingdom
  • Patrick McGillycuddy, United Kingdom
  • Henry Williams, United Kingdom

Team 2

  • Alan Chapman, United Kingdom
  • Matt Exley, United Kingdom
  • Phillip Jones, United Kingdom
  • Cornelius Manning, United Kingdom

Team 3

  • Tony Byers, United Kingdom
  • Matt Cooper, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Hockedy, United Kingdom
  • Andy Thomas, United Kingdom

Skoda's heritage with bicycles dates back to the start of the company in 1895 when the founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement joined forces and began manufacturing bicycles in their home town of Mlada Boleslav in Czech Republic. Cycling has remained an important area for them to support over the years - worldwide they are the partner of the famous Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Tour de Suisse, Tour de Reomandie and the Road World Championship organised by the International cycling Federation (UCI). In the UK, Skoda are very excited about their association with two UK teams this year - Rapha Condor Sharp and Team Raleigh.


Team Name: Tsunami Axis

Team 1

  • Sam Baxter, United Kingdom
  • David Broderick, United Kingdom
  • Phil Brown, United Kingdom
  • Thomas Betchley, United Kingdom

Team 2

  • Richard Gordon, United Kingdom
  • Ian Davies, United Kingdom
  • Rob Goulder, United Kingdom
  • Rider 4 TBC

Tsunami Axis is Herman Miller's most experienced dealer partner in the UK. A key player on a wide range of high-profile projects nationally and internationally, we provide unrivalled support at every level of a project and have 5 offices – London, Edinburgh, St Neots, Baku and Larnaca.


Team Name: Tullett Prebon

Team 1

  • Matt Allnutt, United Kingdom
  • Paul Bromley, United Kingdom
  • Jeremy Chang, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Polydor, Australia

Team 2

  • Sandro De Toffol, Switzerland
  • Andreas Grob, Switzerland
  • Christian Larsen, Denmark
  • Russell Parkes, United Kingdom

With a heritage stretching back over 140 years and a presence today in over 20 countries, Tullett Prebon is one of the world's largest inter-dealer brokers ('IDB'), and acts as an intermediary in the wholesale financial markets, facilitating the trading activities of its clients, in particular commercial banks and investment banks.

The business covers five major product groups: Fixed Income Securities and their derivatives, Interest Rate Derivatives, Treasury Products, Equities and Energy.

Tullett Prebon's business model provides for two types of trading activity: a traditional voice broker product, where brokers discover price and liquidity for their clients, supported by proprietary screens displaying historical data, analytics and real-time prices; and hybrid electronic platforms, which cover asset classes that include US, European and Scandi Repo, US Fixed Income, FX Options, Cash Credit and CDS, and Energy.

Tullett Prebon also has an established data sales business, Tullett Prebon Information, which collects, cleanses, collates and distributes real-time information to data providers. This is now part of Risk Management Services (RMS), launched in 2009. RMS provides clients with post-trade matching services and associated market data.



Team Name: 1948 Group

  • Darren Ellis, United Kingdom
  • Gary Mead, United Kingdom
  • Christian Miles, United Kingdom
  • Mark Williams, United Kingdom

1948 Group

The 1948 group is a group of companies committed to excellence in the construction, waste management and recycling industries. Despite the evolution of the sectors in which we operate, core values of quality, health & sustainability have remained at the forefront of our operations since our inception.

The 1948 group began in 1977 with 'Downfast Demolition', a demolition contractor specialising in projects with high volumes reclamation and architectural salvage. As the company progressed, an opportunity was identified for a specialist waste management company to support the demolition business and offer a level of service which Downfast Demolition & Salvage struggled to find in the existing market place, subsequently Thanet Waste was formed.

Now known as DDS Demolition and TW Services, our group of companies strives to be at the forefront of our industry, paving the way with innovative ideas achieved through the application of an autonomous approach to our day-to-day business operations.




Team Name: Personal Bikefit

  • Spencer Wilson, United Kingdom
  • Greta Cowen, Isle of Man
  • Carlos Fleury, France
  • Tom Harrow, New Zealand

Personal Bikefit is the leading cycling performance centre based in Kensington W8. Specialists in the Physical and the Technical of cycling.

Working with riders of all levels we ensure you maximise your true riding potential, enjoyment AND performance on the road.

  • Bespoke Bicycles from Colnago, Cipollini, Basso, Felt and  Look
  • Full Di2 and EPS fitting. Wheel upgrades from Zipp, ENVE and FFWD
  • Professional Bikefitting with detailed Biomechanical analysis
  • Fitness testing and event focused training programmes
  • One to One coached watt bike sessions
  • Core and strength conditioning in our private studio
  • European trips to Tour of Flanders and L’etape
  • British cycling affiliated club with a club ride out every week.

If you have any ride discomfort during L2P please come and say hi. We’ll be pleased to give you some advice.  If you need a Bikefit before this fantastic ride or a last minute training boost then call today. Look forward to seeing you on the road. Good luck !





Team Name: UK Youth Microsoft 

  • Natalia Dobias, Slovakia
  • Sarah Lidington, United Kingdom
  • George Moore, United Kingdom
  • James Griffin, United Kingdom

This team of riders work for Microsoft Ltd which is based at Thames Valley Park in Reading, UK which is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation.  Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.


Team Microsoft are proud to be riding for HotChillee charity partner, UK Youth.

UK Youth is a leading national youth charity. Our work enables young people to develop the tools they need for life, work and a better future.

Team Name: UK Youth ULR Additions

  • Rob Kay, United Kingdom
  • Bobby Cott, United Kingdom
  • Kevin King, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Smith, United Kingdom

With over 25 years experience in the claims management and insurance add on market, legal expenses is just one of many products, services and additions that we provide.

We have successfully progressed by developing & maintaining our philosophies & standards 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This has transformed us into one of the clear leaders in the legal expenses and insurance add-on market.

We continually develop and diversify to benefit our clients, offering great value and unique additions and services, all of which provides a great environment for success for us and our business partners.


Team ULR Additions are proud to be riding for HotChillee charity partner, UK Youth.

UK Youth is a leading national youth charity. Our work enables young people to develop the tools they need for life, work and a better future.


Team Name: MOT Models

  • Mike Illes, United Kingdom
  • Remco Van Der Linden, Netherlands
  • David Graziano, United Kingdom

MOT Models was established in 1985 and remains the leading commercial model agency in Europe with prestigious clients in all market sectors. The agency has a great variety of outstanding models. Some of these it has developed itself by carefully nurturing the young talent that it finds; some are amongst the finest international commercial models taken from all over the world. In all business, it endeavours to treat people with dignity and respect whilst maintaining firm and fair business practices. This ethos is virtually unique amongst model agencies and is the driving force behind both the growth of MOT's model base and its vast client base.



Team Name: The Papworth Challengers

  • Jon Summerson, United Kingdom
  • James Barlow, United Kingdom
  • Daniel Hawes, United Kingdom
  • Kieran Caulfield, Ireland

Papworth Trust has over 96-years' experience of providing equality, choice and independence for people with a physical or learning disability, sensory impairment, acquired disability, progressive illness or a mental health issue. Each year Papworth Trust helps over 20,000 people by providing learning, development, support, care, rehabilitation, housing and employment services.

All funds raised by The Papworth Challengers would help us to support disabled people and their families in your community. We provide them with the care they need, this can range from adapting houses to allow people to stay in their own homes for longer, providing personal support for those who are in need, a full activity programme for adults to enjoy at our day centres, youth clubs to encourage disabled teenagers to get together with their peers and have fun or helping people back into employment.

Across the whole of England we also run a Vocational Rehabilitation service with a comprehensive programme to support people who have had a life changing injury as a result of an accident, trauma or ill health with the aim to get them back into full time employment – this may require adaptations to their existing role or opening up new opportunities.





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