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Bruce Sinclair

2019 PBP Team Treatt

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Welcome to the “PBP Team Treatt” fundraising page.[/p][p]This is the final chapter in our trilogy of endurance cycle rides in support of MIND the mental health charity. In 2017 we competed in the 900 mile London-Edinburgh-London challenge finishing it in just under 5 days. In 2018 we were the first amateur cyclists to conquer the 500 mile circumnavigation of the north coast of Scotland non-stop, completing it in just over 2 days. However, we’ve saved the best to last! In August 2019 we’re aiming to complete the legendary 750 mile Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) in less than 3 ½ days. [/p][p]Legendary? The PBP is the oldest established cycling event in the world, pre-dating the Tour De France by more than a decade. The inaugural event was held in 1891 just as bicycles using pneumatic tyres were introduced. The 2019 edition will only be the 19th time this prestigious event has been held in the last 128 years. It’s a global mecca for amateur cyclists with over 6,000 entrants expected from 70 countries, it’s the cycling equivalent of reaching the 100m athletic final in the Olympics. Just like the Olympics it requires multiple pre-qualification events over a 2 year period just to get to the start line. It draws huge crowds, literally thousands of locals line the streets to cheer on the riders creating an atmosphere of a festival of cycling. [/p][p]We know what you’re thinking………France in August, after the experiences of the “beast from the east” last year they’ve gone soft! However, the PBP has a notorious reputation for hostile weather conditions. The last time the event was held in 2015 the temperature dipped to just 4°C with a fierce headwind for the first 400 miles, wiping out 20% of the entrants. The route is challenging – crossing the Loire Valley and Brittany (twice), even without a major hill climb, it takes in 40,000ft of ascent. It maybe significantly shorter than the LEL, but it has to be completed at a much faster pace, in fact a staggering 20% faster – no mean feat.[/p][p]Why fund raise for MIND the mental health charity? We initially chose it as the Team Riders have personal connections to the mental health profession, but over the last couple of years we’ve been blown away by how much this Charity does to support our friends, family and colleagues. So many of you have shared your personal stories with us and what MIND means to you. The media tells us that mental health effects 1 in 4 adults every year, we can well believe it. During those relentless training miles we’ve had complete strangers thank us for the support we help others provide, a truly humbling experience. Your support is providing the motivation we need to see this epic trilogy through to completion. It’s a big commitment to take on an endurance cycle event to raise money for a charity. The fear of failure, letting others down can be overwhelming. The hundreds of hours spent in training impacts on our family life. To take on three such challenges back-to-back over such a long period has been exhausting and dominated our lives. However, we’d love to finish it on a high……[/p][p]…………for us that means raising £1,200 for MIND. £1 for each kilometre that we have to cycle to get from Paris to Brest and back again. Ken is in the saddle again for this final ride, and Bruce will be behind the wheel of the support vehicle providing rolling assistance. However, we can’t undertake such a huge challenge on our own – it’s just too much for two. So once again Barry is going to be Ken’s riding partner and Helen (Bruce’s wife) has agreed to be the second support driver. The logistics and official rules involving 6,000 cyclists racing back and forth across France are complex, so for this final challenge we’ve decided to hire a motorhome for the support vehicle. As with our previous rides all our expenses are paid for by the team – ensuring that every penny of your hard earned cash which you so generously donate goes straight into the coffers of MIND. [/p][p]So I am unashamedly writing to ask for your support in this our final quest. We've set up a PBP Team Treatt Facebook page to promote our endeavours. If you use Facebook, please “like” us and “follow” us, as we’ll be making regular posts on that we’ve been up to over recent months and updates of how we progress through qualification. Please post messages of support, Ken and Barry have already invested enormous amounts of time and energy into preparing for this challenge starting back in September 2018. Please open your wallets and purses and make a donation, anything to get us on our way to meeting our fund raising target will be truly appreciated. This is after all Treatt people doing what Treatt people do and proud of it, it’s your chance to join in![/p][p] [/p][p]Finally, thank you for taking the time out to read this and for helping make Treatt a place where there are no limits to what we all can achieve.[/p][p] [/p][p]For and on behalf of[/p][p]PBP Team Treatt [/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

18 Aug 2019



May 20, 2019

Tim Jones

Exceptional progress - I dread to think how many grams of protein and carbs you had to provision and pass to Ken and Barry on their journey. Epic - well done all! Keep going for the PBP!!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019



£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019


Phenomenal effort guys.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019


Well done team so proud of you all. Proud to be part of the op team. Well done

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 16, 2019

Jason Newman

Good luck guys

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 15, 2019

Sue Muir

Good luck Guys! You've done so well so far, keep it going!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 10, 2019


Congratulations and hope the remaining cycle goes to plan! Best of luck from PM PROjEN!


Apr 25, 2019

Anita Guernari

Good luck to you all

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2019

Tracey Smith

Insanity springs to mind! But seriously, good luck, a great team and fantastic cause.

Apr 15, 2019


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid