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Saluting the Tour de Playgroup

So the Tour de Playgroup, our annual charity bike ride, is over for another year and we’re already missing the banter in the studio. This year, as last, there were no sprint finishes, no chasing peloton, no fanfares or winners medals, just three very tired looking guys coasting wearily to a halt near Brighton Pier. (more…)

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Pedal power

Sometimes in life something demands that you sit up and pay attention. For me it was going with my wife to our local hospital and being told that she had a tumour, most likely cancerous. It was 29th January this year, she was 34.

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Tour de Playgroup 2015: London to Brighton

Now that Froomey has pedalled his way to another success on the Champs-Élysées it’s time to look forward to the other great cycling event of the year, The Tour de Playgroup 2015. On the 18th September a group of us will be dusting off our old pushbikes, struggling into lycra and heading off on the 70+ miles (not forgetting 1,391 vertical meters) between Playgroup Towers and Brighton Pier.

Inspired by Nairo Quintana’s staggering attack up the Alpe d’Huez on Saturday’s penultimate stage, we’ll be hauling our sore backsides up East Sussex’s notorious Ditchling Beacon, famously used as the hill climb on the UK stage of the 1994 Tour de France. Hopefully we won’t have to get off and push – in fact, we’re determined not to. (more…)

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Tour de Playgroup: Poster 2

To commemorate our charity bike ride in aid of Tommy’s we have designed a set of posters to represent our intrepid journey from our office here in London to our office on the south coast.

This is the second of our series and we will be releasing one every day until Wednesday 17 September. Check out yesterdays poster here.

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Tour de Playgroup: Poster 1

To commemorate our charity bike ride in aid of Tommy’s we have designed a set of posters to represent our intrepid journey from our office here in London to our office on the south coast.

We will be releasing one every day, from now until Wednesday 17 September. (more…)

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Blood, sweat and gears

So the Tour de Playgroup is less than five weeks away and I thought I would give a brief update on our training and perhaps just a few thoughts on why the challenge is so important to me. I think it’s safe to say that some of us are taking training more seriously than others – I am most definitely one of the ‘others’. Kudos to Paul for getting out in his lycra come rain or shine. (more…)

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Tour de Playgroup

So the Tour de France 2014 is over; from the grandest of Grand Départs in le Yorkshire, to the frankly bonkersness of the Hautacam climb, this year’s Tour has been compulsive viewing and has captured the British imagination like never before. Of course; after Wiggins didn’t start, Froome crashed out on stage five and Alberto Contador broke his leg on Col du Platzerwasel, Vincenzo Nibail’s dominance has been inspiring to watch, but if you can feel the withdrawal systems kicking in already, fear not, because the Tour de Playgroup is less than eight weeks away. (more…)

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