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An event like Le Tour One Day Ahead requires total commitment, focus, effort and is a considerable physical challenge – it was by some margin the hardest thing I have ever done. An event like this leaves indelible memories, incredible landscapes, terrain, laughs and tears of which there are many but for me the overriding memory was the care and support I received from my many supporters at home and the crew who seemed to enjoy being part of this incredible event as much as the riders.
The most memorable event I have ever had the good fortune to experience. Meticulously organised and with a support crew for whom nothing was too much trouble. That a group of amateur riders who had never ridden together successfully completed every stage of the Tour de France, one day ahead of the professional peloton, is credit to the professionalism, energy and dogged determination of Dan Solley and his illustrious team.
The experience this year was so different to 05. With rolling road closures and moto outriders leading the way we were confident we were always on the right road from start to finish unlike 05 as well as feeling like pro’s shooting through junctions and not stopping for red lights. The support we had gave you the experience any professional would have during a grand tour. Masseurs, medic, support crew, you became a part of a bigger team. A team that delivered an experience of a lifetime.
I have been a life long fan of the Tour de France, as a keen cyclist every July I watch in admiration and awe as 198 riders at the peak of their fitness take on the challenging route. However, 2015 was a little different, I didn’t get to see much of the race, because I was riding the whole 3400km route “One day Ahead" as part of an organised collective of like minded riders captained by Geoff Thomas. A wannabe pro as a youngster it allowed me and the group the opportunity to ride fully supported under rolling road closures and experience the thrill of being part of a pro team. Fully supported with mechanics, physios and a doctor, Le tour one day ahead was an incredible life changing experience that in a heartbeat I would love to do again.
July 01, 2015Geoff Thomas and his team of ten amateur cyclists will arrive on the continent tomorrow (Thursday) to take on 'Le Tour - One Day Ahead' Download >
March 20, 2015This column is not about to vouch for Lance Armstrong - who would? - but I do know Geoff Thomas... Download >
March 6, 2015Geoff Thomas and the Le Tour - One Day Ahead riders meet Professor Charlie Craddock for a tour of the Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and see the impact their £1million fundraising target will have in the fight against blood cancer Download >
November 19, 2014These five cyclists are the first to have signed their deposit contracts and committed to participating in the once-in-a-lifetime 3,300+ kilometre, 21-stage ride in July 2015, taking the first five out of just twenty conditional places on Le Tour – One Day Ahead... Download >
October 23, 2014The route of the 2015 Tour de France was announced on Wednesday morning, closely watched not just by professional cyclists such as Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, but also former England footballer Geoff Thomas who will be taking on the challenge just one day ahead of the main Tour... Download >
October 4, 2014Twelve years after being give three months to live the former England midfielder is planning to raise £1 million by riding Tour de France route... Read more >
October 3, 2014Even now, 10 years after going into remission from chronic myeloid leukaemia, Geoff Thomas has an issue with his eyes that can make Alpine descents on his bicycle rather perilous... Read more >
October 2, 2014Ten years after going into remission from leukaemia, former England, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer Geoff Thomas will revisit the challenge of cycling all twenty-one stages of the Tour de France... Download >