Sixth member of 'Le Tour' team announced

6th February 2015

James Maltin, from Wiltshire has been announced as the sixth cyclist joining former England footballer and leukaemia survivor, Geoff Thomas, on his Le Tour – One Day Ahead challenge.  

James has committed to participating in the once-in-a-lifetime 3,300+ kilometre, 21-stage ride in July 2015, Le Tour – One Day Ahead. With places starting to fill, cyclists interested in completing the Tour de France 2015 route under full rolling road closures, just one day ahead of the peloton, are encouraged to register their interest as soon as possible.

James is somewhat of a novice when it comes to long distance cycling challenges, his only previous experience being cycling part of the Great Wall of China for Mencap in 2000 and from London to Paris last summer.   It was during this recent challenge that James met Geoff Thomas and was inspired to take on the much more arduous challenge of the entire Tour route.

James knows that he has a lot of hard training ahead of him if he is going to make it to the finish line in Paris, and is preparing himself for 5am rides around Richmond Park and long sessions on his new Wattbike – the official training partner.

He has however been inspired by the prospect of making a real difference to the lives of many people suffering from leukaemia in the UK. The money raised by the ride will go towards funding clinical trials, the results of which have the potential to be worth even more than the initial money raised. This is a very appealing prospect to investment director James.

James, who works as an Investment Director for Rathbones said,


“I am very excited, and a little nervous, about joining the team. It is going to be hard work – and my initial tests with Wattbike show just how far I have to go! I am hugely inspired by Geoff’s story however, and by the idea of supporting Cure Leukaemia. If we can get to our target amount, which could be worth so much more, it will make such a difference to people’s lives.”

Motivated to make a difference

The 2015 Tour de France marks the tenth anniversary of former England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas first completing the Tour de France route in 2005, which he achieved despite only having gone into remission from leukaemia six months previously. This time around Geoff, and a team of 20 other cyclists, will again take to the same roads as the professionals, this time just one day ahead, in a bid to raise £1 million for Cure Leukaemia.

Geoff said:


“I’m delighted that James has committed to cycling Le Tour – One Day Ahead with me. It’s going to be a tough challenge, but having such dedicated and confident riders alongside will help all of us achieve our goal – not just to complete the ride but to raise £1 million for Cure Leukaemia.”

In 2003 Geoff was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia and was given less than three months to live. Following treatment from Cure Leukaemia Co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock, including a bone marrow transplant from his sister, Geoff has been in remission since January 2005.

Geoff is inviting riders to apply to be part of his peloton of just twenty riders who will join him for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience life as a pro-cyclist, with full rolling road closures and support crew and vehicles, one day ahead of the actual Tour de France. Together the group will aim to raise £1 million for Cure Leukaemia. Find out how the £1million will be spent >

Entries for Le Tour – One Day Ahead are now open and to register for one of the final 15 places, or to find out more, visit:

WATCH: James takes part in the Wattbike test in Evesham

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