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    Weʼve raised £16,550 to support Cure Parkinson's, The Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation & Whizz-Kidz by cycling from Chess Valley RFC to Stade Francais, Paris.

    Funded on Monday, 4th July 2022

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    On 3rd June 2022 eight middle aged men in lycra from Chess Valley RFC, ably assisted by a support crew of 5, will embark upon a two-wheeled journey from our home ground at Croxley Guild of Sport, Rickmansworth to the Stade Jean-Bouin, the home of Stade Francais Rugby in Paris.

    In celebration of the end of our 25th Anniversary season we will visit 25 rugby clubs en route, 18 in England and 7 in France, a total journey of 255 miles over three days of cycling. A twist on the famous London to Paris bike ride.

    In 1996 the founder members of Chess Valley RFC met to decide upon the club colours. Options of black, green, blood red and for some reason salmon pink were all considered. Eventually they settled on bottle green with salmon pink collars. The kit that our 1st XV are sporting this season in our 25th anniversary season. So where else could our destination be than Stade Francais, where the Parisians host Brive on the evening of 5th June in their final Top14 game of the season. The French club are famous for sporting pink jerseys and have done so since 2004. And of course the riders and support crew will be all sporting pink kit on their journey.

    With so many good causes to choose from we have decided to split funds raised equally between three excellent causes, all of which have a connection to our riders, Chess Valley RFC and rugby in general –

    Cure Parkinson’s - Everything Cure Parkinson’s do is to move closer to their goal of finding new treatments to slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s. Your donations will lead to the breakthrough we all want to see. We have chosen Cure Parkinson’s as our very own rider Will Cook works tirelessly on their behalf as CEO and it’s a disease that has personally touched the families of some of our riders.

    Read more about Cure Parkinson's here

    The Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation – launched in memory of Police Sergeant Matt Ratana, tragically killed on duty in 2020. The foundation supports the growth of community and school rugby at local, national and international level. We have chosen the Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation because Matt was a rugby man and a Met copper just like a couple of our riders. We will visit Matt's home club East Grinstead RFC on our journey.

    Read more about The Matt Ratana Foundation here

    Whizz-Kidz – a charity providing mobility equipment to young wheelchair users and long supported by our very own rider Stu Miles. Stu first got involved with Whizz-Kidz as a Chess Valley coach following a rugby coaching session at a school for disabled children. He was struck by the mobility of the boy with the cool wheelchair and learnt how Whizz-Kidz had changed the boy's life. Stu has raised over £50,000 in 5 years for Whizz-Kidz and we would love to help him add to that.

    Read more about Whizz-Kidz here

    Our Ride

    Chess Valley RFC - Ruislip RFC - Ealing Trailfinders RFC - London Welsh RFC - London Scottish FC - Richmond FC - The RFU Twickenham - Harlequins FC - Thamesians RFC - Teddington RFC - Met Police RFC - Esher RFC - Cobham RFC - Dorking RFC - East Grinstead RFC - Haywards Heath RFC - Ditchling RFC - Hove RFC - Dieppe University Club Rugby - RC Union Sportive Forges Les Aux - Beauvais RC - Arlequins XV Beauvais - MLSGP Rugby (Poissy) - Rugby Club Versailles - Stade Francais

    Our Riders

    Andy Smith, Brad Hallam, Brian Reilly, Mike Williams, Paddy Hughes, Stu Lemon, Stu Miles and Will Cook

    Our SAG Team (Support & Gear)

    Doug Wotherspoon, Paul Morgan, Richard Bowden, Richard Browne and Richard Sidley

    Please do all you can to support these amazing charities and help motivate our riders to keep on pedaling!



    • Chess Valley RFC Velos2 years ago
      Chess Valley RFC Velos

      Chess Valley RFC Velos

      2 years ago

      Wow…what an amazing weekend! So many special moments and all 8 riders made it to Paris. A massive thank you to our support crew who were just fantastic. We couldn’t have done it without them. But most of all a huge thank you to all our supporters. We are blown away by your generosity. Thank you 🙏

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    • Chess Valley RFC Velos2 years ago
      Chess Valley RFC Velos

      Chess Valley RFC Velos

      2 years ago

      A massive Thank You to Colesy for his offline donation of £150. He sends the following message - "Good luck to the Chess Valley riders. Great challenge for three great causes. Best of Luck Colesy"

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    • Chess Valley RFC Velos2 years ago
      Chess Valley RFC Velos

      Chess Valley RFC Velos

      2 years ago

      Two weeks to go…..The Velos and support crew looking resplendent in their kit on a beautiful evening at The Guild.

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    2 years ago

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    • Sam Panayides

      Sam Panayides

      Jun 15, 2022

      Great effort - hope you have all recovered?!


    • Steve and Tammy Bacon

      Steve and Tammy Bacon

      Jun 13, 2022

      Well done Brad xx


    • Lynette and Colin Slater

      Lynette and Colin Slater

      Jun 11, 2022

      Fantastic effort and great causes. Well done!


    • Andy H

      Andy H

      Jun 10, 2022

      Great causes. Great effort.


    • Richard Parker

      Richard Parker

      Jun 10, 2022

      Great effort all


    • Boris Johnson

      Boris Johnson

      Jun 10, 2022

      Well done guy's!


    • Laura martin

      Laura martin

      Jun 10, 2022

      Amazing effort, well done!! The Martin family


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    Chess Valley RFC Velos 25th Anniversary Ride Chess Valley RFC to Stade Francais Paris 3rd June 2022 to 5th June 2022.

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