Success at the first ever Club Peloton Gala

September 16th saw the first ever Club Peloton Gala Dinner, taking place in the jaw-dropping surroundings of Stratford’s Lee Valley Velodrome. The gala, with over 270 guests, was an opportunity to celebrate the 10th birthday of  CYCLE TO… and the property industry’s annual ride to MIPIM, as well as the £2 million raised in charitable grants over the last decade.

CycleToGala_Award_02Awards to highlight the property industry’s commitment to cycling safety

Elliott Wood, Hawkins\Brown, Linklaters, Place Careers and Coffey Architects sponsored the gala, which kicked off with Italian Pursuit racing, featuring six teams of property professionals. The audience were treated to race commentary and punditry from ITV’s Ned Boulting, ex-professional cyclist David Millar, and Team Sky’s Fran Millar.  With riders pens, watt bikes for warm-up, commentary from the voice of the Tour de France, and live race footage streamed on the big screens, you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a contest straight out of the Olympics.

Teams RPP, Knight Frank, Broadgate Estates, Hopkins, Hawkins\Brown and ATEAM took part in the challenge, having had a half-day training session which successfully taught them the basics of track cycling and the rules of Italian Pursuit. The final took place in front of hundreds of guests who stood track centre, enjoying a breath-taking vantage point rarely occupied by the general public.

The eventual champions were Hawkins\Brown with a time of 2:23.027.

2nd Hopkins – 2:32.562

3rd Knight Frank – 2:34.562

4th ATEAM – 2:38.395

5th RPP – 2:40.050

6th Broadgate Estates – 2:41.050

ClubPelotonGalaDinner-20WEBTeam Hopkins warming up on the watt bikes
ClubPelotonGalaDinner-73WEBATEAM preparing to race
ClubPelotonGalaDinner-102WEBEventual winners, Hawkins\Brown

Another highlight of the evening was an award ceremony, in which Peter Murray, Wordsearch chairman and founder of CYCLE TO MIPIM was awarded with the “Maillot Jaune” prize for his commitment to promoting, pushing and developing cycling.  The UK’s most cycle friendly developer was won by Crossrail and The UK’s most cycle friendly development was awarded to King’s Cross. The award took the form of a baton, handmade by Amodels, the same baton that the CYCLE TO MIPIM riders carry continuously on their way to the MIPIM property fair in Cannes, to represent the riders’ commitment to the charities involved.

ClubPelotonGalaDinner-11Wordsearch Director, William Murray after presenting the Maillot Jaune award for cycling activism to Peter Murray.

After dinner, a Q&A with David and Fran Millar, led by Ned Boulting, resulted in frank disclosures about David’s doping past, and Fran’s dizzying rise to Head of Winning Behaviours at Team Sky, self-described as the “wankiest job title ever”.  The gala ended with a hilarious auction featuring bidders “captain beard” and “captain white shirt”, as christened by Ned Boulting. £1,500 was raised for a bike, which was decorated with the handpainted names of past CYCLE TO MIPIM riders.

ClubPelotonGalaDinner-12The highest bidder, and winner of the CYCLE TO MIPIM signed bike!
ClubPelotonGalaDinner-4Ned Boulting, leading a Q&A session with David and Fran Millar

With thanks to Face Partnership, Boulevard Catering, Great Big Events, Amodels and Lee Valley Velodrome.

Posted on 21st September 2015 in

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