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Thank you!

30/07/2010 Leave a comment

The fundraising is coming to an end, and I feel I have to thank everyone who has made this possible. Not a thank you from me, but from all the children who will benefit from your help.

Stuart MacLean
Where to begin? I don’t even know. This guy has gone out of his way to help out with the fundraising. Countless hours have been spent with me being oh so blond and not understanding html codes, how to use photoshop properly, changing blogs, listening to all my frustrations and joys of this journey, and so much more. And all this whilst doing his own fundraising and training for a 24 hours ride from London to Paris for Scope (which he finished in 23 hours 40 minutes!). He’s become one of my very best and closest friends through this, and I’m looking forward to the future charity projects we’ve been discussing, and sincerely hope I get to be a part of them. Thank you Stuart, I would not have been able to do this without you.

Will Bennett – Right To Play UK
Will got in touch with me when I first started out the fundraising. He’s arranged cycling challenges to raise funds for Right To Play, the latest from Brussels – London, and also works closely with Team HTC-Columbia. He’s given me a lot of advice and support throughout, and also a lot of great ideas. He even surprised me with a signed 2009 Team Highroad jersey for the fundraising.

Kristy Scrymgeour – Team HTC-Columbia
In the middle of the Tour de France Kristy has on several occasions helped me out and got the guys on the team to sign jerseys. She’s also helped with promoting the auctions, which have most definitely helped raise a lot more money than it would have without her help. A huge thank you for all your efforts and all your help.

Ellen Cohune – Team HTC-Columbia
Ellen was the first person to help me out with the auctions. She sent me a signed jersey and got me in touch with Kristy to also get it signed by the Tour de France team. In addition to that she’s helped promote the auctions and given me support and advice.

Will Frischkorn & Andrea Bisogno – Team Garmin-Transitions
These two guys went out of their way to get a jersey signed for the auctions, not just once, but twice. It did at one point “unfortunately” lead me to the team hotel without either of the guys or the jersey being there, but I really didn’t mind hanging out with the mechanics for a while. Thank you both!

Also a huge thanks to all of these:

Bryan Smith, Jonathan Vaughters & Toby Watson – Team Garmin-Transitions
For getting me in touch with the right people and giving me the best ending to the 2010 Tour de France at the POM After Party.

Sean Weide, Ian Sherburne & George Hincapie – BMC Racing Team
For sorting out the signing of the print and the picture to promote the auction!

Kristof Ramon – professional cycling photographer
For donating the print of the amazing photograph of George Hincapie and promoting the fundraising.

Koos Moerenhout – Rabobank
For helping me getting the jersey signed and getting it back to me once it got a bit lost!

Ted King– Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating his very fashionable socks for the auction, taking the time to do an absolutely amazing interview and promoting the fundraising.

Joao Correia – Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating items, telling other team mates about the fundraising and having them donating items as well, taking the time to do a fantastic interview and helping me out in Paris.

Carlos Sastre – Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating great items for the fundraising auctions.

Thor Hushovd – Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating the jersey he wore when he won the Norwegian National Championship for the auctions.

Karin Løkke – involved with all the Norwegian riders fan clubs
For donating the t-shirts, helping me promote the fundraising and introducing me to Thor Hushovd.

Ricardo Van Der Velde – Team Garmin-Transitions
For donating his signed jersey.

Steven Cozza & Scott Cozza – Team Garmin-Transitions
For donating a signed jersey & t-shirt to the fundraising auction, taking the time to do an interview, and in general helping me out.

Kristian House – Rapha Condor Sharp
For taking the time to do a fantastic interview and donating no less than two jerseys and a gillet for the auctions, and promoting the fundraising.

Michel Van Keulen and the rest of Right To Play NL
For donating 4 jerseys for the fundraising.

Gro Eide and the rest of Right To Play Norway
For continuous advice and support.

Mark Cavendish – Team HTC-Columbia
For promoting auctions and subsequently helping me raise a lot more money for Right To Play.

Ole Kristian Stoltenberg – Eurosport Norway
For promoting the fundraising to the Eurosport viewers during Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

Joe & Dave Wilson
For interview and donating the t-shirt for auction.

The guys riding the Tour de France for Team HTC-Columbia, Team Garmin-Transitions and Rabobank
For taking the time to sign the jerseys.

All the riders who took the time to do interviews for the ‘Rider Of The Week’ feature on my blog:
– Stijn Vandenbergh (Katusha)
– Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Columbia)
– Kurt Asle Arvesen (Team Sky)
– Svein Erik Vold (Joker Bianchi)
– Jonny Bellis (Saxo Bank)
– Ingar Stokstad (Joker Bianchi)

And last, but not least, thank you to everyone who’s helped me promote the fundraising by tweeting and publishing on Facebook!



09/07/2010 Leave a comment

Now that the fundraiser is at its peak it’s time to introduce all the items which will be listed on eBay.

This is the 2008 Team Highroad jersey, which is worn by Servais Knaven during the 2008 Paris – Roubaix.

Knaven is a Right To Play ambassador, and is the last Dutch winner of Paris – Roubaix, which he won in 2001. He thought the 2008 Paris – Roubaix would be his last, but he decided to do two more with his new team Milram. This year he competed in Paris – Roubaix for the 14th time, which made him the cyclist who’s competed in this race most times.  – ends July 16th.

The 2010 Team HTC-Columbia jersey.

The jersey is signed by 17 riders, including this years Tour de France team:

Mark Cavendish, Mark Renshaw, Bernhard Eisel, Tony Martin, Bert Grabsch, Michael Rogers, Maxime Monfort and Konstantin Sivstov.

and also:

Andre Greipel, Tejay Van Garderen, Aleksejs Saramotins, Craig Lewis, Peter Velits, Rasmus Guldhammer, Frantisek Rabon, Michael Albasini and Vicente Reynes.

Team HTC-Columbia supports Right To Play and is very commited to this. Mark Cavendish attended the start of the Edinburgh – London cycling challenge in 2009 and Craig Lewis, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Evelyn Stevens traveled to Peru to visit one of Right To Play’s projects. Also in July every HTC-Columbia rider who wins a race will donate a percentage of their winnings to Right To Play.  – ends July 18th.

Lambstrong t-shirt signed by 26 riders.

This t-shirt was made as a joke on the wordplay Livestrong/Lambstrong, as a good friend of mines surname is ‘Lamb’. To understand it completely you would have to know everyone involved – but there is no harm meant to anyone, and Mr Lamb and everyone else involved is very happy to see this being used to raise money for Right To Play.

These have signed it:

Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Kurt Asle Arvesen (Team Sky), Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Columbia), Roger Hammond (Cervèlo TestTeam), Gabriel Rasch (Cervèlo TestTeam), Ricardo Van Der Velde (Garmin – Transitions), Steven Cozza (Garmin – Transitions), Robbie McEwen (Katusha), Filippo Pozzato (Katusha), Tyler Farrar (Garmin – Transitions), Greg Henderson (Team Sky), Matti Breschel (SaxoBank), Marco Bandiere (Katusha), Tom Stamsnijder (Rabobank), Jens Mouris (Vacansoleil), Wouter Mol (Vacansoleil), Damien Gaudin (BBox-Bouyges Telecom), Hayden Roulston (HTC-Columbia), Martin Velits (HTC-Columbia), Michael Barry (Team Sky), Adam Hansen (HTC-Columbia), Martin Reimer (Cervèlo TestTeam), Frederik Wilmann (Skil-Shimano), Thor Hushovd (Cervèlo TestTeam), Alexander Kristoff (BMC) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky).   – ends July 15th.

Steven Cozza – Never Give Up t-shirt.

This t-shirt was designed to support Steven Cozza’s Race For Kids Fan Club. Steven Cozza aims to raise $1 million for children around the world, and you can become a ‘Race For Kids’ member by donating to a charity, aiming to help children, of your choice. If you win one of these auctions you can also become a ‘Race For Kids’ member as 100% of the proceeds go to Right To Play. Find out how on

Normally $5 will be donated to a children charity from the purchase of these t-shirts, but for this t-shirt 100% will be donated to Right To Play. If you win you can choose which size you want.  – ends July 16th.

Koos Moerenhout’s Dutch National Championship jersey from 2009.

The Dutch National Champion from 2009, Koos Moerenhout‘s (Rabobank) signed jersey.   – ends July 15th.

Axel Merckx official Lotto Domo Tour de France jersey from 2005.

Eddy Merckx’s son Axel’s official Tour de France jersey from 2005, including startnumbers. – ends July 14th.

Official Rabobank Giro d’Italia 2009 jersey.

The official jersey the Rabobank team wore during the 100th edition of Giro d’ Italia in 2009, it’s a special Giro Centoanni jersey which includes the Italian colours and a Right To Play logo. Rabobank sponsors Right To Play. – ends July 14th.

Ricardo Van Der Velde’s Garmin – Transitions jersey

The jersey is signed by Van Der Velde, Cozza and 8 of the Tour de France team: Robert Hunter, Martijn Maaskant, Ryder Hesjedal, David Millar, David Zabriskie, Tyler Farrar, Julian Dean & Christian Vandevelde.  – ends July 17th.

2009 British National Champion Kristian House’s jersey.

Rapha Condor Sharp rider Kristian House was the British National Champion in 2009, and has donated a used and signed National Champion jersey.

Kristian House’s signed Tour Series leaders jersey.

Leaders jersey from 2010 Tour Series, worn and signed by Kristian House.

BMC Racing Team team photo.

Team photo of BMC Racing Team and staff, signed by all the riders:

Cadel Evans, George Hincapie, Alessandro Ballan, Chris Barton, Chad Beyer, Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, Mathias Frank, Martin Kohler, Alexander Kristoff, Karsten Kroon, Jeff Louder, Alex Moos, Steve Morabito, John Murphy, Scott Nydam, Mauro Santambrogio, Michael Schär, Florian Stalder, Jackson Stewart, Danilo Wyss and Simon Zahner.  – ends July 16th.

Poster of George Hincapie, picture taken by Kristof Ramon.

A huge, signed poster of  an amazing picture of George Hincapie taken by Kristof Ramon.


01/06/2010 Leave a comment

Two auctions have finished, but there’s still loads of goodies for you to bid on! 100% of the proceeds go to Right To Play, and it will also be put towards the total of Steven Cozza’s Race For Kids Fan Club.

The first auction to finish now is Carlos Sastre’s signed startnumbers from Volta a Catalunya!

The rest of the auctions you can see here.

Mark Cavendish – The fastest sprinter in the world

21/04/2010 Leave a comment

It seems you either love him or hate him. At the age of 24, he’s already won 10 stages in Tour de France. He’s got 23 wins so far in 2009, and is more or less unbeatable in the sprints.

People say he’s cocky and arrogant – I on the other hand, just think he’s confident. Very confident.

“I am so realistic. I am completely realistic about everything. If I say I can win something it’s because I know I can, I don’t say I can win if I have doubts. If I’m not sure, I say I’m not sure. People think I’m cocky but I know what I can do and what I can’t.” – Mark Cavendish

He grew up on the Isle of Man in Great Britain, started cycling because his brother did, and it just went from there. He attended the Olympic Academy in Manchester, training to win medals in both track and road racing – which he also did. Amongst many victories on the track, he’s got a World Championship title in Madison with Bradley Wiggins in 2008.

He’s now on Team HTC-Columbia, and he’s got a great team to help him to his victories. And he always makes sure to thank the team for all their efforts when he wins. It’s his victory – but it’s also a team victory.

When he loses, he blames himself for letting the team down. It’s probably not a pleasure to talk to Mark when he’s just lost a race. He’s got a “sprinters temper”, and can be lashing out on fellow riders in the heat of the moment. But what would you say and do if a reporter sticks a microphone in your face and have the camera rolling, asking you ‘how you feel’ after you’ve just lost a race?

“People don’t see the deep sense of self-loathing when I lose a race I should have won. I am emotional. I say what I think in the heat of the moment and I do lash out. Sometimes I have a go at someone and it’s not their fault, and I know it looks bad, but I can’t change it. The thing is, people don’t see me when I go and apologise later, when I’ve calmed down, because if I am wrong, I do apologise.” – Mark Cavendish

Other sprinters, including “our” Thor Hushovd, has said it – Why is it so hard to beat Mark Cavendish? – He’s just faster than the rest.

Team Columbia-HTC supports Right To Play, and Mark Cavendish has recently fronted the charity in their Edinburgh to London challenge. Read more about Team Columbia-HTC’s partnership with Right To Play here.

All quotes are taken from cyclingweekly‘s interview with Mark Cavendish published here.

Thanks to for the photo!

Originally posted: 9 September 2009