All these lovely people below “in no particular order!” have shown kindness by helping us in one way or another, before and throughout the start of our tour, so its our way of saying thank you! we call this page “our people” as we see them as our family and friends, every individual is part of our team that helps us to achieve our dream!
This page will constantly update as we cycle around the world, but heres a few to get started!
Manchester UK – Gabs Mum Stella
Spain – Mijas. Meet our dear beautiful friend Trish, we stayed with Trish when we was in training in Spain, Gabs has been a very close friend of Trish’s for over 15 years, Trish sadly lost her husband Pat to cancer some years ago, Trish is one of the most kindest and genuine people you could ever wish to meet, we love her to bits, and really hope she will fly out to see us at some point
Manchester UK – Mr James Harvey, this guy should be Knighted! not only is he a great cyclist, but James also specialises in breast reconstruction and is also involved in research into breast cancer and breast reconstruction. James’ interests include increasing access to breast reconstruction and improving the quality of life for women choosing reconstructive surgery. James is also Chair of Prevent Breast Cancers Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and a member of the Prevent Breast Cancer Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
London UK – our friend Janet, she’s the CEO at the Royal College of Nursing
UK – Dartford Mayor David Mote
Manchester UK – Nikki Barraclough (far right) Nikki is the charity’s Executive Director and is responsible for managing the fundraising, finance and administration teams. She is also responsible for devising and implementing the charity’s strategy.
UK – Cambridge Mayor Nigel Gawthrope, this guy can dance!
Manchester UK – Professor Tony Howell -Professor Tony Howell is Prevent Breast Cancer’s Scientific Director. He is also a Professor of Medical Oncology at The University of Manchester. Tony has specialised in treating breast cancer for over 30 years and now focuses on pharmacological and lifestyle measures to prevent breast cancer. He is Chairman of several international breast trials and is the former Chairman of the UK Breast Trials organisation (UKCCCR), the British Breast Group and the ATAC trial. Up to the end of 2007, Tony was the Research & Development Director of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Research Director of the Greater Manchester & Cheshire Cancer Research Network. He is also the former Director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Unit, and the Manchester Breast Centre. Tony was the Chief Investigator of the IBIS-II Prevention Study. Tony enjoys lecturing internationally and has had published over 600 scientific papers and book chapters, mainly concerning the biology of the breast and the treatment and prevention of breast cancer
Netherlands – the team at BYCS
Germany – a lovely family we stayed with in the Black Forrest
Italy – a lovely family we stayed with
UK – Folkestone Mayor Ann Berry
Spain – This is Bob and Ibby, our good friends in Spain, we miss you guys, say hello to Caillie xx
Spain – some of the crew that we regularly flew with to the uk and Spain with every 3 weeks whilst Gabs was finishing treatment
Dartford UK – this guy looked after us at the Dartford Festival when we met the mayor
Netherlands – The Bassa Family
London UK – Royal Society of Medicine
London UK – Europa Donna Cancer Coalation
London UK – such a nice man that helped us in London
Another lovely lady in Florence
Netherlands – another lovely couple we stayed with on their campsite
Italy – Sabina Lombardo and family, we stayed in their property in Bologna, lovely family
Germany – helpful princesses
Manchester UK – Our friend Sally, from Coronation Street!
Switzerland – We stayed with this lovely lady and her husband next to the lake
Switzerland – we stayed with both Vito and his lovely wife next to the lake in Switzerland, Vito is on the right
UK – Coniston Hall campsite we stayed at
Netherlands Cancer Institute
Our neighbours in Florence Stefan Busker and his lovely wife, with the new addition to their family, due in January 2019, all the best guys and thanks again for your kind donation
Germany – We stayed with this lovely lady and her family in Mainz, she’s also an opera singer!
Manchester UK – Lester Barr, Founder and Chairman of Prevent Breast Cancer , Lester Barr, was instrumental in helping to plan and design the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre in collaboration with the Nightingale NHS Breast Screening Centre. Lester is also a Consultant Breast Surgeon with a particular expertise in breast reconstruction. He has recently conducted research into artificial environmental chemicals and breast cancer.
London UK – Greg at Condor Cycles thats helped us with our bikes
UK – Dartford helpful Police officers
Spain – our friend Greg in Malaga , Greg helped us with our bikes
UK – Market Deeping Mayor David Shelton
Coniston UK – a lovely couple Keith and Dorothy we went to revisit, their daughter had recently been treated for breast cancer so we payed them a visit at the start of our tour
Germany – Marie and Burt, our first hosts in Germany
Manchester UK – My biggest sacrifice, leaving my son Jacob, he had just turned 19 when we set off, this picture is from our grand depart, he means the world to me, and is my only family, I miss him, but hopefully he will fly out to see us when he can, we keep in touch which is very important
UK – Belper Mayor Tim Sutton, we met Tim at the start of our tour, 3 months earlier he had lost his wife to breast cancer, an inspirational man, a true gentleman.
Our great friend Libby Gomm, we met Libby through the Happy House childrens orphanage in Watamu Kenya
UK – Thistleton. Our fantastic neighbours Nigel and Joan, back in the UK in the village of Thistleton, we miss them dearly, we do keep in touch by email and send postcards, but its not the same, they stood by us through difficult times, they are one in a million and we love them to bits.
These 6 people are an amazing and such fun loving family with four beautiful children, they are our good friends, and we stayed with them at the start of our world tour, they also live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Finsthwaite in the Lake District, Cumbria, right next to Lake Windermere, they also sell Wallings Ice Cream, and the best cakes from where they live located at the bottom of High Dam, in the stunning village of Finsthwaite, its called Dam’ Fine Ices! check out their facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/damfineices/
A lady we keep meeting, first in Montepino then in Florence!
Germany – very helpful girls from America
UK – Manchester. This is our friend Tom, he helped us with publicity and we also did a podcast with him, he sadly lost his mum to Breast Cancer a couple of years ago, so we have a strong connection with him.
Manchester UK – Our friend Traveling Toms Pod Cast
UK – Buxton Mayor, Linda Grooby, our first of the Meet The Mayors, lovely lady!
Germany – Dormagen Town Hall
Italy – Mario Rossini’s sister!
Spain – another one of our trainers getting us back in shape
London UK – Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster Lindsey Hall
Another lovely lady in Bologna
Switzerland – another friendly lady Petra
Italy, Montepiano. We stayed at the church with Priest Arian Shkurti at Montepiano
We stayed with Luca Ongaro and Mariele Signorini at Platolino
Manchester UK – Our friend Claire Sweeney
Spain – our trainer helping us to fundraise
UK – Great Dunmow Mayor and Mayoress Barrie and Margaret Easter
Our best friend Pat, we sadly lost Pat to Cancer August 2017 – we miss her terribly, we speak about Pat in our Cancer Story on this site.
Spain – you will recognise him from our promo film
Germany – our Greek friend in Dusseldorf
UK – Edinburgh University
Germany – a lovely family we stayed with in Mainz
UK – Dover Dept Mayor Ian Palmer
Netherlands – We stayed with Eppo in Zaltsbummel, a very kind man indeed
Netherlands – Netherland Cancer Institute and the lovely Sasha
UK – Cambridge Dept Mayor
Edinburgh – Kim Harding Edinbrugh Festival of Cycling
Manchester UK – Alison Butterworth BBC Radio
UK – Snodland Councillor chairman Debbie King and Primary School, Snodland Council are helping us with our fundraising next year, by fundraising at the Snodland Carnival 2019!!
Italy – great family we stayed with
UK – Melton Mowbray Mayor Pru Chandler
UK – Peterborough Mayor Chris Ash
Italy – Some helpful people
Folkestone UK – Radio
Manchester UK – more of the regular crew we flew with every 3 weeks Spain to the UK for Gabs treatment
We stayed with Sabina and Pasquali in Bologna
Spain – one of our instructors getting us back into shape
Netherlands – the first of many lovely families we stayed with
Netherlands – This is Tedde, we use his company Follow My Challenge for on Track Us pagehttps://www.followmychallenge.com/live/chrisgabs/
UK – Ashford Kent Mayor Jessamy Blamford
Netherlands – lovely couple that we stayed with on a campsite
Our great friend Stuart Sykes, the caption on our website “WE HARNESS THE ELEMENTS – SOME JUST SHELTER’ are actualy Stuarts words, we use them ourselves as we strongly believe in them, we have the upmost respect towards our friend Stuart.
Spain – its the radio girl again!
Belgium – another helpful person
Folkestone UK – lovely couple we stayed with at Little Switzerland Campsite
Netherlands – an inspirational German couple in Amsterdam
London UK – Europa Donna Cancer Coalation
Belgium – helpful people at a campsite we stayed at
Lake District UK – the first people we stayed with in the UK, George and Jean, in the lake district
Germany – Helped us fix the bikes
Netherlands – Its Sasha again from the Royal Institute of Cancer!
Melton Mowbray Pie Shop – UK
Spain – Lovely couple Marco and Anja, they helped us when we were training in Spain.
UK – Hapton Farm, we stayed with the lovely Val, I think we inspired her to get a bike!
Netherlands – Lovely lady Caroline we stayed with at Gastery Liedorp
Dunkirk Mayor – France
Manchester UK – Local school helping with fundraising for Prevent Breast Cancer
Netherlands – lovely family we stayed with at Bassa Dairy Farm
Spain – TRE Radio Hannah Murray