The team included up to twenty riders, of which the five key members are:
Anthony Gee - Team Captain
When he’s not coordinating The Buckled Wheelers, Tony fills his time as Managing Director of Security Plus Limited. A position which he hopes will allow him to develop his charitable work on behalf of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
Sadly, the Gee family know only too well why research into blood cancers is so important. Tony tragically lost his sister Susan to acute lymphatic leukaemia in 1969, she was just seven years old. Fortunately since then, thanks to funding into research, life expectancies are now measured in years as opposed to weeks as it was in Susan’s case.
A big Rugby fan, Tony played for Keyworth RFC in Nottingham, before moving to Trentham RFC in Staffordshire, appearing in well over 500 games along the way. During those years he made a great number of friends in the sport, amongst which are names legendary within the game, these legends have since been roped in to a number of events raising considerable sums for research.
Dean is a 48 year old former rugby player. His international career began in 1986 against Ireland in the Six Nations and went on to become a regular in the back row. Deano enjoyed success with both England and the British Lions before finally hanging up his boots in 1997. Renowned as a driving force in any team, his fellow riders are no doubt looking forward to his brand of encouragement to Paris.
Outside of his rugby career Dean has completed a number of charitable challenges, including amongst others, taking on The Road Of Death in Bolivia, London – Brussels by jetski, cycling The Great Glen way and has helped raise over four hundred thousand pounds for various charities along the way. He is also an active patron of The Rainbows Childrens Hospice in Loughborough.
Neil's rugby career includes stints with Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks. He was also a member of the victorious cycling team who took on the Great Glen Way in 2011, an 84 mile off road ride from Inverness to Fort William in Scotland. It was during this ride that the idea for The Buckled Wheelers London to Paris Challenge was born.
Fletch lists his hobbies as skiing, shooting, motor racing and cycling, hopefully it's only his pedalling power which will be required in May.
Another keen sportsman, Dave played 500 games for Keyworth RUFC including two years as Club captain, leading the side to glory in the Junior County Cup. He went on to join the vets team at Trentham RUFC for three years before deciding his failing joints and expanding waistline were better suited to the touchline. He can often be found over the weekend supporting Leicester Tigers or Sale Sharks from the safety of the bar.
In his spare time, Dave likes to explore the Staffordshire countryside with his dogs and has fundraised for local dog rescue centres. In 2010 he completed a challenging 92 mile walk along the Staffordshire Way and was part of the team who took on the Great Glen Cycle. Dave is extremely proud to be supporting this worthwhile cause and the challenges this ride will deliver.
Paul is chairman of Bollington, one of the UK's top 10 independent insurance brokers, and a personal friend of Anthony and his father Derek, as well as the three 'cyclists' named above.
He has supported a number of charities over the years, particularly children's charities, and set up an initiative to provide employment for children leaving care, to help integrate them into the community. Bollington are now one of the largest care and charity insurance brokers in the UK.
Paul has now started training for the ride to Paris, but admits to waiting for the 'clocks to go forward' or is it back?
Married with four children, Paul's interest include being a professional chauffeur for his sporting children, golf and Manchester United. A former semi-professional footballer and keen cricketer, Paul was forced to curtail his sporting activities after breaking an ankle, and then rupturing his achilles tendon in his comeback game.