Looking Back on 2015….

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - FC Chambly Thelle v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Before 2016 hits us square across the face, I wanted to look back and recap on an amazing year, essentially a blog of blogs you could say, if you want to see more click on the Bold links.


Well to be honest it It didn’t start that great, a visit to a specialist and a MRI scan discovered an incidental injury from many years past a Chronic Tear that threatened to derail my Tour challenge.




I got to meet my childhood hero and cycling Idol Greg LeMond and his lovely wife Kathy, who were over from the US for the cycle show. Proof alone of the adage- ‘If you don’t ask the answer will always be no !’ The four of us had a Gregarious Dinner with naturally lots of talk about two wheels and cooking.





Our youngest daughter Elsie turned 7. I ramped up the training as the daylight got slightly longer and I factored in rides from work, there was another bump in the road as such, thoughts were that I might have a Heart Murmur,  luckily after some extensive tests it was negative, but it was certainly a scare.

Geoff had visited Lance Armstrong (his inspiration in 2005) and had asked him to join us on Tour in July for a few days, the resulting media pieces created quite a world wide media storm.




The Armstrong news wasn’t an April fool, and it took our Charity challenge to a much wider audience. My own fund raising had exceed all expectations, on St Georges day, the 23rd April I proudly reached my £50K personal target.



I have been fortunate enough to meet some inspirational and extremely generous people this year, right up there on the top of the list is fellow Tour rider Doug McKinnon, who invited me out to Mojacar in Spain to train for a few days 



With the generous support (once again) of Doug we headed out to Colorado and Aspen with the team, to meet up with Lance Armstrong. There aren’t many more divisive sporting Icons than Lance, it was a truly amazing 5 day trip. Factor in some stunning scenery and fantastic riding, it was just boys on a bike. check it out for yourself, click on the links for some brilliant images by Liz Kreutz –

Aspen part 1

Further adventures from Aspen




I Rode London to Paris, normally this would have been a headline challenge but I was there for some training and to support Geoff’s other Charity Challenge



We also had our Le tour team press conference, and took time to visit the Haematology Department and patients.




Hardly an hour, let alone a day goes past without me still thinking about what we did, it was a life changing experience.

Carlsberg don’t do epic adventures on the bike, but if they did.. Yeah, not probably, definitely!


I make no apologies for my overflowing enthusiasm, so theres a link below to the 21 stages if you want to catch up on it, even just to look at some super photos, by David West, Joolze Dymond and Liz on the two Lance days.-

en route Prologue Day 1 / Day 2 / The Mur Cobbles / Day 5 / Wet n Wild / Livarot to Fougere / Brittany / Team time trial / Rest day in Lourdes

The Mountains are here / Tourmalet / Beyond Honest The circus has come to town / Lance, me and Those fifteen seconds / Stage 15 / GAP 2nd rest day Scrapbook /  Birthday soaking Make Hay   Cut Short There can only be one /

Le Arrive / We were all we could be




Some much needed Family time. A fortnights holiday in Cuba.




Back on it at work and ‘Getting piggy with it’ in Borough Market and filming a cooking Demo for their new website  




Back in the Market twice again this month, an Oyster masterclass, followed up by a press and events launch at their new Cookhouse.




A Food service Catey was very much the highlight of my professional year!

It was a very pleasant shock to now be included in the list of winners.




Another masterclass with high end kitchen manufacturer Miele, it was a privilege to be asked to demo this year at their London gallery, sure was lots of fun interacting with customers and suppliers.

It’s still a surprise when people what to chat and write a piece about me, Alan Newton was the latest for Events and Hospitality insights Eventopedia-

Part 1

Part 2


The last of my 2015 Demo’s for Borough market, this one was filmed for a segment that Hospitality Media produced 🎥


We had some very sad family news, Tracie’s Mother beloved by so many lost her battle with Cancer and passed away. She was diagnosed a few months after I signed up to ride the Tour and was already well advanced. This disease got real personal and I found out at close quarters how it effects everyone.

I am proud naturally of my achievements on and off the bike this year, but prouder still in doing so I raised in excess of £62k and the groups total topped £1.4m to help find a cure for Blood Cancer, lets hope it is not too long so more families don’t loose their loved ones from Cancer.

In closing, quite a year- Who knows what 2016 will bring, but it’s gonna have to go some to beat 2015….




~ by theboxterboy on December 29, 2015.

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