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This September the affiliate industry will be taking on one epic challenge; cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours. Four of AP’s global team will be rising to the challenge including, EMEA Managing Director Helen Southgate, Account Director, Helena Barroso Zarco and from across the pond, Account Manager, Nick Montrose and AP Founder and CEO, Robert Glazer. I chatted with our AP cycle team to find out more about what motivated them to take on the challenge and how the will prepare for the event.
What inspired you to take part in the Affiliate London2Paris Cycle Ride?
Helen: It’s a great challenge and a unique opportunity to take part with colleagues and peers from the industry.
Helena: It’s a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause, keep yourself focused to train and be healthy and fit and also to push myself out of my comfort zone! I’ve never even thought of doing anything like it!
Bob: it’s a great opportunity for the industry and to do something I have never done before.
Nick: I’m always up for a challenge especially if it involves speeding through foreign soil.
What motivates you to cycle?
Helen: I like how challenging cycling is, there is nothing more satisfying than making it to the top of a steep hill climb.
Helena: Since I got my bike in London, that’s the only way I see myself going around the city. It keeps you healthy, fit and saves you so many traffic jams!
Bob: I always love a new challenge and I felt that it is a good opportunity to represent the company in the UK.
Nick: There is some kind of peaceful nobility in pedalling to reach your destination, watching the landscape slowly unwind and being able to take it all in. It’s one of the few times that I can completely disconnect from monitors and screens, and really be fully aware of my surroundings.
What’s your favourite thing about cycling?
Helen: Being able to explore areas of the UK that you wouldn’t be able to do in the same way by foot or car.
Helena: I love exercising while getting somewhere quicker; two birds with one stone!
Bob: I enjoy the peacefulness and the scenery, especially if its somewhere I have not been before.
Nick: Aside from not having to sit in traffic, the camaraderie. It’s a very solitary activity – whether you reach your destination rests solely on you – but it’s also very social and you can meet all kinds of great people.
What key training will you be doing ahead of the big ride?
Helen: I’m cycling from Lands End to John O Groats in May, just under 1,000 miles in 10 days!
Helena: I’m planning to join Helen in her spinning classes, but she has advised me that she feels like throwing up after it (and she’s a pro…).
Bob: I am preparing for a half marathon so I am going to run, bike and also use my Peloton a lot!
Nick: Riding the local trails and trying to commute via bicycle as much as possible. The goal is 80 km per week.
What do you hope to take-away from the event?
Helen: It will be great to get to know some of the other people riding, nothing brings people together better than shared pain!
Helena: Raise a decent amount of money for a good cause and prove to myself that I can take on a big sport challenge.
Bob: A sense of accomplishment and some new relationships.
Nick: I hope to make some new friends, enjoy the scenery, and of course, cross that finish line!
How long have you been cycling for?
Helen: Around 8 years now
Helena: Since I was a child, but I inherited my sister’s bike because I was the younger sibling. I got my first own bike in London for my birthday and I won’t forget the amount of snow that was in the streets but that didn’t stop my excitement to start cycling straight away! It has been 9 years since then.
Rob: 15 years in total.
Nick: Since 2012.
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