This week we see four of our therapy team start their journey supporting the Blue Foundation London to Monaco Ride! An incredible event, which we’re lucky enough to be partnering with for our second year.
The event raises well needs funds for the charity Blue Marine Foundation. The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) exists to restore healthy oceans. Blue’s focus is combatting over fishing by creating marine reserves, establishing new models of sustainable fishing and restoring marine habitats. BLUE’s aim is to see at least 10% of ocean under protection by 2020, with a long-term aim of 30% protected.
The London to Monaco cycle ride engages with riders and sponsors to support its mission by raising awareness and funds for BLUE’s global conservation projects.Funds raised have supported projects on Ascension Island, the Maldives, Aeolian Islands, the Solent and in the Mediterranean where we are combatting plastic pollution with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
In just 8 years, BLUE has helped protect over 4 million square kilometres of ocean.
The event will run over 7 days, departing from London with a celebrity send-off before carving its way through 8 countries and celebrating with a champagne finish at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco. The riders will conquer over 1,033km and a lot of elevation as they take on some of Europe’s most iconic climbs on route.
Where are you from? Sunny Southampton, originally Manchester
Where do you work? Currently work at my own clinic in Southampton and for British pro cycling team, One Pro Cycling
What are your qualifications? Level 5 sports therapy/ medical acupuncture/ grade 5 manipulation and Kinesio Taping.
What are your hobbies/sporting background? Hobbies are rebuilding old bikes to their best and running, having ran as an elite at some of the biggest British/ European races I love to just hit the trails for a run.
What got you started in a career Sports Massage? Having had a pretty fruitful running career on the massage table, I always thought I would make a decent massage therapist. So I took a leap and left my IT, London job and started my qualification.
What do you like most about supporting cycling events? The challenge
What advice would you give to the Blue Foundation London to Monaco riders? Always make an extra sandwich at breakfast and place in back jersey pocket for those hungry points (trust me, bacon sandwich is better than an energy bar)
Your favourite stretch? Quad/ hip flexor stretch following by a few Bulgarian squats to open the hips.
What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Other than my usual therapy equipment, I will always carry a Sharpee and women’s tights (if you really want to know why, come and ask)
Where are you from? London for 20 years, but originally from Boston (New England!)
Where do you work? FIX (clinic in Hackney, London) and on the South Bank
What are your qualifications? LSSM (London School of Sports Massage), BTEC level 5 professional diploma, soft tissue therapy. (I also have an MA from UCL.)
What are your hobbies/sporting background? Yoga, cycling, dancing, weight training…
What got you started in a career Sports Massage? Interest in movement and the body and making people feel better
What do you like most about supporting cycling events? The excitement and feeling part of a group united in a goal
What advice would you give to the Blue Foundation London to Monaco riders? Breathe deeply, try not to grip and tense areas unnecessarily! Scan the body: jaw clenched, teeth gritted? shoulders hunched?…
Your favourite stretch? Maybe ‘pigeon’ or ‘cat cow’. That’s very tough one, since I love stretching.
What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Imbue Pain Relief Patches (my brother’s product – he’s a doctor of Chinese medicine) and little bottle of fragrant Minyak Gosok Oil.
Where are you from? Anglesey, North Wales
Where do you work? I work out of a clinic on Anglesey plus I do Home visits
What are your qualifications? Level 3 Sports Therapist, Medical Acupuncture, spinal manipulation. I’m also an strength and conditioning coach & Nutritionist.
What are your hobbies/sporting background? Football , Golf , Weight training
What got you started in a career Sports Massage? When I played football I was part of my recovery and always had a interest in sports therapy.
What do you like most about supporting cycling events? Enjoy seeing different parts of the country and meeting new people.
What advice would you give to the Blue Foundation London to Monaco riders? Make sure you have had a professional bike fit.
Your favourite stretch? Pigeon stretch
What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Sweets & music speaker
Where are you from? Originally from Farnham, Surrey, but now live in Kilburn, North West London.
What are your qualifications? Level 4 Sports Massage, UKA Assistant Athletic Coach and BA (Hons) Events Management.
What are your hobbies? I used to compete to a National level in the 400/800m but now have a little more focus on cycling!
What got you started in a career as a Sports Massage Therapist? My Mum was a Sports Masseuse as we were growing up. She came in very handy before races and throughout training. She always wanted to help, so I’d like to do the same!
What do you like most about supporting cycling events? I enjoy that multi-day cycling events can take you to the most remote and quaint locations, it’s a little bit of peace among the buzzing event life!
What advice would you give to the riders? Nap wherever you can!
Your favourite stretch? Hamstring stretch on the side of the counter while making a cup of tea!
What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? I will always have my trusty baseball to roll on.
We wish all the London to Monaco riders and staff, a successful and fantastic event. Be sure to enjoy the journey and look out for each other. To follow our Therapy Team journey you can pop over to our Instagram Stories.
For more information about the event, you can watch last years video below: