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The Challenge 

Defence and cyber security company, L3 TRL Technology is proud to be the official sponsor of Tour de Troops, the endurance cycling challenge that’s part of The Captain James Wadsworth Challenge, in aid of military charity the Felix Fund. The Tour de Troops is a five-day Land's End to John O'Groats cycle commencing Thursday 7th June to Monday 11th June.

Founded by Captain James Wadsworth CGC, The Captain James Wadsworth Challenge combines the Tour de Troops, which ran previously in 2017, with the newly launched Soldier's Pass Run. These challenges will test fitness and endurance to the limit. All events are in aid of the Felix Fund, which raises money and awareness to support the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community.  
 

The Team

Steve C

Completing almost 36 years in industry supporting technology for military electronic warfare capability seems like a long time, starting with urgent operational requirements for the Falklands crisis, through the ending of the cold war, Balkans crisis, through the various Middle East conflicts to the current day - it’s odd to think I’ve spent 20 years cycling on and off - either socially or in small scale competitive events – that seems like no time at all. I’m happy with 80 mile rides, can stretch to 100 miles, somehow I have to get to between 150 and 200 miles a day, every day for five days – that will seem like a long time for sure, just contributing a few days to the team effort is a privilege.

 

Jon W

I have enjoyed cycling since childhood but my cycling career has taken off in the last five years cycling with, and inspired by, colleagues from TRL. I mainly enjoy road cycling, but have a mountain bike – the cost of which will remain a secret from my wife. I have completed numerous sportives including the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. I am planning to complete the famously arduous Fred Whitton Challenge (5000 metres of ascent over a 112 mile course) as a training ride a couple of weeks before LEJOG.

 

Matt B 

I have always preferred participating in sport rather than spectating and have excelled at being less than average in all of them – cycling included. I completed five Sportives in 2017 each over a distance of approximately 100 miles. Whilst originally being the highlight of my 2018 season, the cobblestones of the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix in April will now merely be preparation for what lies ahead at the beginning of June.

 

Lyndon C-B

Ex R Signals (13 years), serving in BAOR, Hong Kong, Cyprus and UK. I have spent most of my subsequent career working in various sectors of telecoms as Project Manager and Product Manager. Additionally competed in several Olympic distance triathlons. In my free time I enjoy mountaineering/hill walking, having completed the three peaks several times and climbed Mont Blanc. I generally try to spend as much time outdoors as possible; sailed from Cyprus to Bombay and canoed sections of the Zambesi.
 
 
 
Andy C
 
Since leaving the forces TRL has been my family and helped me tailor-make my civilian career to date. Sport has also been my preferred choice and over my career in the forces, I was involved in cricket, rugby, basketball and cycling at regiment level. Since joining TRL, I have again thrown myself into a club – the TRL Cycling Team over the past couple of years has taken part in a few of the prestigious Spring Classics, most recently completing the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege Sportives.  

 

Sam B 

I spent 10 years in the Royal Engineers and 4 years Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and have spent most of my subsequent career working in the defence industry as a Project Manager and Product Manager. Previously I have competed several ultra endurance events including the Trans Alp Challenge, Manx 100 and an Iron-Man.