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Lourdes

Edinburgh

Why are we doing this?

Cycle for Nicola has been set up by three friends of Nicola; Paul Barry along with brothers Kevin and Sean Duncan. More recently Stuart Downie has also joined the team. The team will cycle 1836 kilometres (1147 miles) to raise funds for The Nicola Murray Foundation, a registered charity that funds research projects related to ovarian cancer.

Cycle for Nicola will commence on Sunday 24 June 2012, from Edinburgh with the team arriving in Lourdes, southern France, on Sunday 8 July 2012. The picturesque village of Lourdes is a significant destination for us to reach, as Nicola along with the team, spent many summers volunteering and caring for people with physical and learning disabilities.

By donating you will be able to support these three young men in their epic adventure in raising much needed funds for a fantastic charitable foundation. All funds raised through the foundation are channelled directly to the Edinburgh Cancer Centre to fund research with the aim to improve the outcome for ovarian cancer sufferers.

Donating through JustGiving™ is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving™ – they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Just click any of the donate buttons on our site and you will be directed to our JustGiving™ donation site. Alternatively you can donate using your phone by simple texting CFNM75 and then either £2, £5 or £10 to 70070. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the Nicola Murray Foundation and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Paul, Kevin, Sean & Stuart

The Riders

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Paul Barry

Paul Barry

Age

31 (nearly)

Occupation

Staff Nurse

Where I Live

Edinbrugges

Little bit about me

Currently I'm a staff nurse in the NHS and in my free time I keep active by training for triathlons. Last year was first summer of competing and I even surprised myself by...finishing the events and not coming last! Result!Other hobbies of mine are travelling to far flung places, reading, cooking (I'm no Jamie Oliver...yet), going to the cinema and attending live gigs/festivals.

Favourite cycling route?

Our route!!!!!

Cycling hero?

Mark Beaumont...got a pic to prove it!

Best choons for long-haul cycling?

Tocas Miracle....cause we're gonna need one!!!!

What is your training regime?

Spinning twice per week, running twice per week, cycling my commute to work, eating as much as I can!!!!

Last time you had a ride?

My mums reading this!!!!

Town bike when you were a lad?

Sheila's Wheels!

Who brings up the rear?

Defo sean!

Longest time off/on the saddle?

90 mile stretch we all did last summer...takes us back to fave track toca's miracle...we're gonna need one!!!

Kevin Duncan

Kevin Duncan

Age

27

Occupation

Student

Where I Live

St. Andrews

Little bit about me

I am currently studying medicine at university and should complete that merry little journey in a little over 3 years. I keep myself busy with uni and work and in my spare time I used to do interesting things like... nothing! Now I train train and train for this HUGE cycle. It will all be worth it though.

Favourite cycling route?

Anywhere in Slovenia, the country is absolutely beautiful.

Cycling hero?

Richard Heyes (you shoud see his thighs... woof)

Best choons for long-haul cycling?

Mylo Xyloto.

What is your training regime?

At the moment I'm at the gym 4 times a week on the treadmill and bike but will get out on some long hauls once the clement Scottish weather returns.

Last time you had a ride?

Jan 12th 1998... It was a Tuesday and all saints topped the charts with "Never Ever..." Happy day!

Town bike when you were a lad?

A second hand red racer. It had a retro dynamo light.

Who brings up the rear?

Defo sean! (bigger question is who will lead the pack though)

Longest time off/on the saddle?

Last summer I cycled from Ljubljana (Capitol of Slovenia) to Geneva, lots of hills in between and it lasted a little over three weeks.

Sean Duncan

Sean Duncan

Age

31

Occupation

Credit Manager

Where I Live

Burntisland

Little bit about me

Married to the wonderful Adele for 6 years, daddy to Hannah (4) and Adam (2) who do there best to keep me on my toes. When not working or spending time with the family I enjoy the odd round of golf, and working hard in the gym to get into shape for this epic challenge.

Favourite cycling route?

Got to be along the east neuk costal route in Fife, some of the best coastline in the country.

Cycling hero?

Sir Chris Hoy

Best choons for long-haul cycling?

Currently, Archade fire or Bruce Springsteen.

What is your training regime?

At the moment 45mins on the spinning bike 5 days a week but we have a numer of Weekend outings circa 50 miles planned when the better weather comes in.

Last time you had a ride?

I was on a train last week does that count?

Town bike when you were a lad?

I had an apollo mountain bike.

Who brings up the rear?

eh!! me.

Longest time off/on the saddle?

I only got back into cycling last summer after maybe 10 years or so.

Stuart Downie

Sean Duncan

Age

28

Occupation

Photographer/Bike shop monkey

Where I Live

The Kingdom (of Fife)

Little bit about me

I'm a photographer and part owner of ISD Images. When I'm not taking pictures I sell bicycle bits, sing in a band called New Fiction, eat peanut butter and nutella sandwiches, and drink lots of tea.

Favourite cycling route?

El Camino del Muerte, Bolivia. Also, whatever the quickest way back to the fridge is after a Sunday run.

Cycling hero?

Tough question! Too many to choose from... Cycling is a sport filled with inspiring characters. I'm going to go local and say Craig Hardie. Several times Scottish Cyclocross Champ and all round top bloke!

Best choons for long-haul cycling?

Eddie Vedder's Into The Wild, The Acorn's No Ghost... I could go on. It's a good thing tunes don't weigh anything!

What is your training regime?

I ride my bike most days - I commute to work on a fixed gear bike, and I usually manage a longer run on Sunday with the Forth Bay Wheelers. I'm also in the gym at least twice a week where I'm trying to get to grips (hoho!) with Olympic lifts. Have plans to race bikes later in the year so working with that in mind.

Last time you had a ride?

About an hour ago. It was only twenty minutes but it was really intense, my heart rate was up to 179bpm at one point. Going to get a good night's sleep so I'm ready to go again first thing in the morning.

Town bike when you were a lad?

All I remember is that it was black and had more gears than I knew what to do with. Was rough but I didn't know any better at the time.

Who brings up the rear?

That spot's usually saved for whoever thinks it's acceptable to ride without a mudguard - truly reproachable.

Longest time off/on the saddle?

Never toured before, and I've never broken 100 miles either - my best is around 90. Started out too fast and had to crawl home. Was character building, for sure. Really looking forward to cycling south through France, reckon it'll be awesome.

The Route

The route

The Route

The route Route on google

Upcoming Events

LIFESCYCLE (Scotland's first dedicated Indoor Cycling and Spinning Studio) Charity spin

Sunday 3rd June 2012 7-8pm

LIFESCYCLE (Scotland's first dedicated Indoor Cycling and Spinning Studio) have organised a charity spin for Cycle for Nicola on Sunday the 3rd of June 2012 at 7pm-8pm. All welcome, no previous experience necessary, all good fun with great music and super-motivating instructors and more importantly for our great cause. To take take part please visit www.lifescycle.co.uk click on BOOK A SPECIAL EVENT, register your details, scroll down and click on the magnifying glass beside the Cycle for Nicola Ride and click new booking. Sounds complicated but I promise it's easy! There are 34 bikes, each costing £10 if you want to take part. You can pay on line or on the day. It would be great to see you there to get a SMALL taster of what we will face on the road. Please continue to share our cause with all your friends, families and colleagues. Thank you and we hope to see you on Sunday 3rd June;) Paul, Sean, Kevin and Stuart

Fundraising at Murrayfield

Sat 7th April, 11am (in and around the Murrayfield Hotel, Hampton Hotel and Murrayfield Stadium)

Our next fundraiser is going to be on Saturday 7th April 2012 when Edinburgh take on Toulouse in the ¼ final of the Heineken Cup. This match has been confirmed as the biggest game in Scottish club rugby history with 20,000 tickets sold so far: Edinburgh v Toulouse With this great sporting event on our doorstep, we are going to be in the Murrayfield area from 11am onwards. Therefore we are going to need 10-15 volunteers to wear our Cycle for Nicola T-shirts, raising rugby fans awareness of our ride, Nicola's foundation, and also the condition that Nicola died from in the hope that they are moved to make a donation immediately or even just visit the website and support us on our epic adventure. If you think you can help out for an hour or so on the day, in the lead up to the kick off then please do get in touch with one of us to discuss further. This will really mean a lot to us and to everyone at the Nicola Murray foundation.Paul Kevin and Sean

Fundraiser Night at St. Andrews

23rd February 2012, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16 9AJ, Fife, Scotland

Many thanks again to our volunteers and the patrons of St Andrews for raising £380.This really means a lot to us and to everyone at the Nicola Murray foundation.

New Website Launched!

Welcome to our brand new Cycle for Nicola website. We will be updating the website on a regular basis so keep visiting to see how we are getting on and more importantly get donating for this amazing charity!

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