Louis Russell is an Architect at Chris Dyson Architects. This will be his first Cycle to MIPIM, although he does share an interesting link to a previous rider from some eight years ago…
What’s your job title / what do you do?
I’m an Architect at CDA.
Why did you decide to sign up for Cycle to MIPIM this year?
To combine one of my passionate hobbies with my professional life! Also to take on a brand new challenge and help raise money for Coram.
In what ways is your company involved?
CDA are sponsoring one of the teams, which I am in.
What are the networking and/or business benefits you hope to get from the ride or have heard about?
I hope to meet like-minded professionals and create a strong bond through the challenge of the ride to Cannes.
What piece of advice has been really helpful since you signed up?
To not be afraid to ask questions! Everyone who has done the ride before is full of great advice.
What are you most apprehensive about?
I’ve done long distance cycling before but only over one or two days. It will be a new challenge having to cycle long consecutive days. It’s something that’s been hard to train for whilst working full time.
What would you most like to experience on the ride?
I’m looking forward to experiencing the transition of culture and landscapes as we cross from England and through different French Regions.
What does fundraising for Cycle to MIPIM’s charities mean to you?
Fundraising has been a great way of helping me focus on the dark winter training rides. I am proud to be raising money for Coram who provide amazing support and do incredible work.
What has been the most effective way to boost your fundraising efforts?
The biggest boost has come from designing a custom cycling jersey which will incorporate clients, friends and family names as well as supplier and consultants logos.
How do you plan to celebrate once you’ve reached Cannes?
I’m most looking forward to the downhill into Cannes with the full team. Hopefully a tall gin and tonic will be waiting at the bottom!
And now for the quick fire round:
- What bike do you ride? My dad, Gordon Russell, completed the ride in 2012 on his titanium Van Nicholas. This year I’ve got it out the shed, fully serviced with a few new parts and I’ll be taking it for its return run!
- Who are your riding buddies? I’ve done a lot of trips with my university friends. We always have good fun loading the bikes up with tents and sleeping bags, stopping wherever we fancy whilst exploring the Scottish Highlands and Islands. There is now also a strong training team who meet every Wednesday at Regents Park and also on Saturdays in preparation for the big ride.
- What’s your favourite pre-ride fuel? Porridge with a dollop of raspberry jam.
- What’s your favourite post-ride treat? Any type of pasta!
- What’s your top piece of cycling kit/gadget? I recently got some dhb cycling overshoes and I can’t believe the difference they made on longer rides. I can actually feel and move my toes by the end!