Ben and Gaby - Charge Bikes
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Gaby Leveridge and Ben Thompson set themselves a challenge. Their goal was to compete in the infamous Transcontinental bike race; a seriously challenging event, where an eclectic mix of cyclists compete in a 14 day and 14 night dash across Europe – something akin to Wacky Races – on bikes! We met with them on the eve of the big send off and fired over some questions after the race to ask about their bikes.

Name? Gaby Leveridge. Where are you from? Cookham, a small village west of London. Where are you now? In a hotel in Istanbul after 12 days racing across Europe. Which Charge bike do you ride? Charge Ti-Skewer. Was it modified for this journey? I use this bike for lots of different types of riding, it’s so versatile. For the Transcontinental I made it a bit more comfy by adding spacers under the stem and put on a Fabric shallow seat which I find brilliant for long days. Then to make sure I didn’t need to stop as much I put a dynamo hub in the front wheel to power my lights. This crazy trip, what made you do it? The race really appealed to me because it’s a mix of travel, challenge & adventure with a competitive edge thrown in the mix. Everyday I was pushed out of my comfort zone and achieved things that seemed impossible before. I got to see stunning places, met some of the kindest, most amazing people and do nothing but ride my bike for 12 days. How many miles were you in the saddle on this journey? 3600km. Have you always been a cyclist? Yes and no, I’ve always had a bike. When I was 18 I did the London-Paris bike ride with my parents which introduced me to just how awesome cycling can be. But it’s really in the last 2 years I’ve started to do a lot of riding, living out in the French Alps. I started road cycling for fitness but got so much more out of it; I love the social side of going riding with friends, going exploring in the mountains by myself and the competitive side when you are elbow to elbow in a race. What got you started the second time around? I had a couple of friends who cycled, I started going out with them. How would you encourage a non-cyclist to get in to it? Get a bike, start going out with friends. Set yourself different distances as a goal, maybe a hill you want to get up or an event. Don’t be intimidated by what other people are doing, cycling is completely individual and you can get out of it whatever you want. Is there anything you would like to tell us about riding bikes? Over the past year I’ve tried to do as many different things on my bike as possible and through riding my bike I’ve had some of my most memorable moments and experiences.  Where are you now? At the hotel in Istanbul, we just finished the race! I’m sitting at the breakfast buffet with about ten plates of food in front of me. Is your bike close by? It’s just downstairs, in the bike store. Tell us where you are riding next. The next time I get on my bike will be on Saturday when we are going to ride down to the Transcontinental finishers party for some well earned beers!

Where are you now?

“…at the hotel. We’ve finished the race and I’m sitting at the breafast buffet with ten  plates of food in front of me and I’m ready to eat!”

– Gaby

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Where are you now?

“…at the hotel. We’ve finished the race and I’m sitting at the breafast buffet with ten  plates of food in front of me and I’m ready to eat!”

– Gaby

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Name? Ben Thompson. My phone seems to have stopped working somewhere around day6 in a big storm, so I’m using Gaby’s phone! Where are you from? Oundle, UK. Where are you now? Istanbul, Turkey. Which Charge bike do you ride? Plug 5. Was it modified for this journey? I put an Exposure dynamo hub on the front to run lights and charge a GPS system, apart from that its totally stock! This crazy trip, what made you do it? I wanted to see if I could do it! So many parts of the world are better seen on bikes. Views, smells, experiences, emotions are all so much more vivid and real when you have worked hard to get somewhere! How many miles were you in the saddle on this journey? 3600km from start to finish (2230miles). Have you always been a cyclist? Yes, for as long as I can remember. But it was always bmx and mountainbikes until around two years ago, I wanted to try something new. What got you started with bikes? My dad. Family bikes rides as a kid and constant support and encouragement. How would you encourage a non-cyclist to get in to it? It’s a fantastic way to meet new people and see so much. Don’t worry what other people are doing or what they think, if it makes you smile, you’re doing it right! Is there anything you want to tell us about riding bikes? It makes a bad day good and a good day better! Where are you now? Lying in bed at a hotel. Is your bike close by? Always. Tell us where you are riding next. I’m not sure! When I can actually sit on a bike for a week, the next ride I do I want to be with friends and family, chatting my way around a local loop!

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What made you do it?

“ I wanted to see if I could do it (the race)…so many parts of the world are better seen on bikes. Views, smells, experiences, emotions are all so much more vivid when you have worked hard to get somewhere! ”

– Ben

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What made you do it?

“ I wanted to see if I could do it (the race)…so many parts of the world are better seen on bikes. Views, smells, experiences, emotions are all so much more vivid when you have worked hard to get somewhere! ”

– Ben

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