Exclusive Members’ Events
BIKES, BRAINS AND THE WORKPLACE
On Thursday, 24th January, British Land hosted our third members’ event at The Paper Garden, Printworks (part of their Canada Water Development). We had an incredible turnout as Club Peloton members joined in the interactive session which focused on our attitude to mental health in the workplace and how cycling, among other methods of self-care, can be used to reduce stress and elevate happiness.
Neil Webster hosted and we were joined by three panellists – Rachel Morris MBE, Sarah Strong and Richard Lord – you can read a bit more about them below. Each had a powerful story to share and guests were left with plenty of food for thought, knowing we all have our own battles, but ultimately, we are not alone.
Rachel Morris MBE won Paralympic gold medals in both cycling and rowing and was the first ever British hand-cyclist to be crowned a double World Champion. Not content with this success she is currently developing a pathway into the winter Paralympics.
Away from sport, Rachel works in a special needs school teaching emotional resilience and developing an anxiety work shop which she ties into mental health & sport. In addition, Rachel is looking at disability in the construction industry and how to break down barriers, accessing jobs students with Special Needs can do and giving them the support they need.
Sarah Strong has been involved in cycling in London for the last fifteen years. She’s raced mountain bikes, cross, track, and road crits, and done more than her fair share of audaxes and sportive (inc. Paris-Roubaix, the Etape, and Ride London). She has run, marshalled, and volunteered at various events from Beastway to the Tweed Run. These days it’s more about longer distances and touring but now and then can be found riding a BMX, Velocino, or Penny Farthing.
For the last five years Sarah has been coordinating a peer support mental health project in the Borough of Croydon on behalf of the local NHS Trust and a local mental health charity. Her work is informed by her own experience of anxiety and depression. It was during recovery from depression that she discovered the benefits of cycling, both physical and mental.
Richard Lord is the owner and head coach of Equipe Cycle Coaching. A Sports Science graduate, Richard then qualified as a personal trainer before working for Scottish Cycling as a Development Coach. Having struggled with depression for over 20 years, Richard has implemented a strategy to free his mind. Central to this is a daily cycling routine. Richard knows first-hand the benefits of cycling, good mental health and how this impacts in the work place. He now dedicates his time to helping people get the best out of themselves. Both mentally and physically.
FROM CARBON BIKES TO BUILDINGS
On April 17th, we hosted our first members’ only breakfast seminar ‘From Carbon Bikes to Buildings‘.
Our members were treated to croissants, coffee and a presentation on the use of carbon fibre across the cycling and real estate world. Thanks to our host by Sam McClary and speakers from Eckersley O’Callaghan, Wyndy Milla and PCT.
Wembley Park OVO Energy Tour Series
On 29th May, Wembley Park hosted the only London round of the OVO Energy Tour Series, Britain’s leading cycle race.
Club Peloton ran a ‘Real Estate Relay’, sharing the 1.9km course with elite riders who raced later that day. We had a number of teams involved. Not only did they race, but their entry allowed them:
- To warm up on the track
- To relay race with their team on the track with an elite rider
- Entry to the exclusive interview/Q&A session
- Entry to the corporate hospitality event (including food and drink) from 5:30pm onwards to network and watch the racing.
Be sure to sign up to our membership scheme for exclusive access to more events coming soon…