The London-Paris Official Teams 2015

We are proud to announce the official teams for this year's The LONDON-PARIS. Find out more about them and their motivation to ride the event.

Team Name: Abide

Abide 1:

  • Daniel Gordon (UK)
  • Andrew Head (UK)
  • Patrick McCarter (UK)
  • Peter Webster (UK)

Abide 2:

  • Chris Bates (UK)
  • Collin Coleman (UK)
  • James Currie (UK)
  • Misha Gopaul (UK)


Abide Financial Ltd was established in response to the ever-increasing burden posed by capital market regulation. Founded by industry experts, Abide Financial seeks to set the standard in terms of the range, quality and value of Transaction Services offered to its clients.

With over a billion Trade and Transaction reports validated and submitted during the past year, Abide continues to set the standards in supporting market participants with their reporting requirements.

This year, Abide is supporting a worthy charity, Futures for Kids ( with it's London-Paris ride and hopes that the efforts of the two teams participating will go some way to improving the situations of some of the children that the charity works with.


Team Name: Bulk Hardware

  • Scott Chalmers (UK)
  • Paul Daniels (UK)
  • Simon Nicoll (UK)
  • Gareth Rees (UK)


Bulk Hardware Ltd. was established in 1974 and has grown to become Britain's leading supplier to trade of bulk packed and pre-packed hardware, ironmongery, DIY and housewares products.

As well as our own extensive catalogue of more than 10,000 products, we also specialise in designing, producing and supplying own-brand ranges for customers.


Team Name: DHL

DHL 1:

  • Tim Walker
  • Nick Archer
  • John Mettyear
  • Nigel Sambrook

DHL 2:

  • Jon Wood
  • Simon Price
  • Jerry Anstey
  • Neil Grocock

DHL 3:

  • Jon Luing
  • Mike Breslin
  • Dave Jones


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: Future for Kids 

  • Julie Carruthers (UK)
  • John Frewin (UK)
  • Andrew Stone (UK)
  • Stephanie Sutherland (UK)


Launched in 2008, Futures For Kids (FFK) provides a fundraising vehicle through which the Future's industry can, collectively, raise money with the aim of providing funds to support children's charities around the world.

We are thrilled to have raised in excess of £1.86 million since inception and whether it is a programme in the UK aimed at helping underprivileged young people overcome various issues in their lives and engage with society by equipping them with the skills needed to put them back on track to a more positive income, or helping street kids in the slums of Kenya, we have seen, first hand, the difference we have made to many children's lives.

Our fundraising is largely achieved through the organisation of a range of events – from our annual flagship Gala Dinner, to quiz nights, poker nights, and our now established Walk To Work day.

FFK helps a range of children's charities across the UK and overseas through long-term financial support or one-off donations. Since inception, charities supported have included:  Arts for All, Beyond Autism, Educaid, EveryChild, Hi Cap, HopeHIV, Kids in Kathmandu, Princes Trust (Fairbridge), Whizz Kidz and Young Epilepsy.

Team Name:  GE Capital Leveraged Finance

GE Capital 1:

  • Nicolas Besson (FRA)
  • Alex Fortescue (UK)
  • Matthew Kirsch (UK)
  • Dan Matthews (UK)


GE Capital is one of Europe's leading arrangers of leveraged finance for mid-market, private equity backed transactions.  With a leveraged loan portfolio in excess of EUR5bn across over 150 companies, GE Capital's dedicated European leveraged finance team provides solutions for management buyouts, acquisitions, growth funding and recapitalisations.

We provide a wide range of solutions to meet the needs of mid-market financial sponsors and their portfolio companies such as cash flow lending including senior secured loans and unitranche financing through to accounts receivable financing. Our team arrange and underwrite debt facilities in club and syndicated loan financings for businesses with an EBITDA of EUR10m and above across all sectors.

Unlike any other lender, we can also provide unique insight by leveraging GE's 130+ year industrial heritage and global footprint with our Access GE programme.

Team Name: Hogan Lovells

  • Karen Lang (AUS)
  • John O’Sullivan (USA)
  • David Taylor (UK)
  • Richard Tyler (UK)


Hogan Lovells is a global legal practice that helps corporations, financial institutions, and governmental entities across the spectrum of their critical business and legal issues globally and locally. We have over 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 40 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

Hogan Lovells offers:

  • an exceptional, high quality transatlantic capability, with extensive reach into the world's commercial and financial centers;
  • particular and distinctive strengths in the areas of government regulatory, litigation and arbitration, corporate, finance, and intellectual property; and
  • access to a significant depth of knowledge and resource in many major industry sectors including hotels and leisure, telecommunications, media and technology, energy and natural resources, infrastructure, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, consumer, and real estate.

Our practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge provide us with insights into the issues that affect our clients most deeply and enable us to provide high quality business-oriented legal advice to assist them in achieving their commercial goals.

Team Name: G!RO

  • Jordan Addison (UK)
  • Niall Digby (UK)
  • Josh Evans (UK)
  • Benjamin Farver (USA)


At the heart of G!RO is a dedication to cycling life & local community...We have gone to great lengths to ensure that we are serving up the finest coffee, the freshest food and cakes, all served by the friendliest staff... All of this combines to create the perfect place to come and relax, unwind in a friendly atmosphere in the heart of Esher High Street!


Team Name: IG

  • PJ Champault (FRA)
  • Paul Coombs (UK)
  • Ivan Gowan (UK)
  • Michael Sanders (NZL)


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.

It is a member of the FTSE 250 with a market capitalisation of £2.2 billion (May 2014), and 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, July 2014

Team Name: Tsunami Axis

Tsunami Axis 1:

  • Richard Gordon (UK)
  • Richard Crilly (UK)
  • Rob Olding (UK)
  • Robert Price (UK)

Tsunami Axis 2:

  • Danny Blight (UK)
  • Daniel Buckingham (UK)
  • Mark Cawthorne (UK)
  • Claire Jacovides (UK)



Tsunami Axis is office furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller's, largest 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 refurbishment/relocation projects over all of the UK, Benelux and other international locations.

Our success is founded on building long-term relationships with architects, designers and blue chip clients based on trust, unsurpassed service and an understanding and passion for workplace design with the expertise and skills of a 50+-strong team, encompassing all aspects of supply, design, project management, installation and after sales management of office furniture.


Team Name: Tullett Prebon

Tullett Prebon 1:

  • Olivier Cogne (FRA)
  • Andy Leatherbarrow (UK)
  • Paul Dunkley (UK)
  • Ian Ross (UK)

Tullett Prebon 2:

  • Alexandra Wick (DZA)
  • Fred Crouzier (FRA)
  • Randar Real (UK)
  • Laurent Tison (FRA)


Tullett Prebon is one of the world's leading interdealer brokers. Primarily operating as an intermediary in the wholesale financial and energy sectors, Tullett Prebon facilitates the trading activities of its clients, in particular commercial and investment banks. Product areas include: Fixed Income Securities and their derivatives, Interest Rate Derivatives, Treasury products, Equities and Energy and Commodities.

With offices in 23 countries, Tullett Prebon operates voice, hybrid, electronic, volume matching, algorithmic matching and risk mitigation platforms, to accommodate its clients' requirements and to satisfy the regulatory driven evolution of the marketplace.

In addition to its brokerage services, Tullett Prebon offers a variety of market information services through its established IDB Market Data division; Tullett Prebon Information, which collects, cleanses and distributes real-time information to data providers.

Team name: SKODA

Skoda 1:

  • Allan Chapman (UK)
  • Matt Exley (UK)
  • Cornelius Manning (UK)
  • Heath Munro (UK)

Skoda 2:

  • Matthew Cooper (UK)
  • Andrew Hockedy (UK)
  • Roy Simpson (UK)
  • Andrew Thomas (UK)


Founded in 1895 by Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement, SKODA is one of the world's oldest car manufacturers, and proudly celebrates over 100 years of production. SKODA's heritage with bicycles dates back to the start of the company in 1895 when we originally made cycles, and ever since cycling has remained an important area that we have supported over the years. Of course we moved on from two wheels to four, but we've never forgotten our history. That's why we're entering the London-Paris 2015.

Team name: M1 Performance Coaching

M1 1:

  • Lawrence Brown
  • Ean Brown
  • Nigel Henry
  • Ben Holden

M1 2:

  • Dimitri Nicolaides
  • Christos Demetriou
  • Ken Owen


M1 Performance offers individuals and teams bespoke performance programmes, analysis and physiological testing using science based applications.

Founder and Performance Coach Jay McStay works closely with athletes on a global scale and across multiple sport disciplines such as Road, Triathlon, Mountain Biking and Running.

M1 Performance fine tunes training programmes for those who are heavily time compressed ensuring that key benchmarks are met and built ensuring a balance of training/work/family are maintained by working closely with the athletes needs.  Driven by passion, knowledge and professionalism the company provides a unique close knit community of athletes striving to reach their full potential.

Team name: TransPerfect

  • Charlotta Calas (SWE)
  • Dan O’Sulllivan (IRE)
  • Clayton Solomon (USA)
  • Mikael Toussaint (FRA)


With annual revenues of more than $470 million, TransPerfect is the world's largest privately held provider of language services and technology solutions. From offices in 90 cities on six continents, TransPerfect offers a full range of services in 170+ languages to clients worldwide. More than 3,000 global organisations employ TransPerfect's GlobalLink® Product Suite to simplify management of multilingual content. With an unparalleled commitment to quality and client service, TransPerfect is fully ISO 9001 and EN 15038 certified. TransPerfect has global headquarters in New York, with regional headquarters in London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit our website at

Team name: Queens Own 4 

  • Heather Dryden (CAN)
  • Karyn Callaghan (CAN)
  • Paula Hamilton (CAN)
  • Suzy Nelson (CAN)

    We are an all female team of friends who met through a shared passion for cycling  and adventure choosing to keep a blind eye to the suffering part of training!! Most recently we have participated as a relay team in RAW (Race Across the West) and The Hoodoo 500. We look forward to this new challenge in The London-Paris 2015 ... And gentlemen ... Please do not be offended when we "chick you" ;)

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