Meet The Team

From a childhood dream, to a discussion over a Pandemic pint, our challenge to cycle from Sandbanks UK to St.Tropez in France became reality. Rallying a group of like-minded friends bonded by a love of cycling, securing a fantastic Support crew and committing to a gruelling training programme, Team Sandbanks to St.Tropez was born!

Will Irons Sandbanks to St Tropez

Will Irons

Age: 41

Job title: Landscaper

1. What is your why?

From a very young age, my parents would take us every summer holiday to the South of France. On one of these trips driving down to St Tropez, I decided one day I would cycle it. Over a pint with Dave, my Brother-In-Law and team member, we decided to put a date in the diary and do it

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Just keep pedalling!

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

To be able to drink loads of cold beer after each day of riding through France and feel amazing the next day

4. What trend would you like to make a come back?

Bring back the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Dave Taylor

Age: 21 (+ 9862 days)

Job title: Managing Director (+ Chief of Staff at Team SBST)

1. What is your why?

Always up for a Challenge, and what better Challenge than the pre-Pandemic one proposed (over a pint...or six) by brother-in-law Will Irons. "Let's cycle Sandbanks to St.Tropez!". No reason not to, plus everything suggesting a World First! Where do I sign?

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. Stay mentally strong and we will achieve great things!

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Teleport (to St.Tropez)

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Space-hoppers & Marathon bars

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Sylvain Distin

Age: 44 years young

Job title: Retired Footballer

1. What is your why?

Love a challenge and it keeps me off the streets. Couldn’t miss on the opportunity to be pushed out of my comfort zone, physically and mentally

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Imagine how hard it is for those not on an electric bike…

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Gravity manipulation, it’s not easy getting a big unit like me up those steep hills

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Bring back the ghetto blasters

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

James Mitchell

Age: 49

Job title: Courier/photographer (in a loose sense)

1. What is your why?

'Couch' to 800 miles in 15 weeks with a group of old and new friends to raise awareness and funding for children who are hidden in plain sight doing amazing work daily? Who'd say no to that. (My legs may have a different opinion)

2. What piece of inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Always look around as you go, because the destination will still be there waiting for when you arrive

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

A calming ray to assist those in a state of anxiety and panic

4. Which trend would you like to make a comeback?

All of my favourite trends are still alive and well, thankfully long after the masses pop them away in a cupboard

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Andy Sewell

Age: 35 years & 169 months - ok, ok! A very young 49 years “old”

Job title: Executive Director, Investment Banking

1. What is your why?

Mid life crisis - to do something “fun” with a bunch of like minded friends for a superb cause

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Cheer up, you could be at work!

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Mr “2 stroke engine” for those hills

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Green Jellybabies

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Tony Fitzpatrick

Age: 54

Job title: Director

1. What is your why?

Life is a series of challenges, so let’s do one more so we can help those young people who wake up every day knowing they have a massive challenge ahead

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Pace yourself and enjoy it!

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Being able to fly

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback? 

Footballers perms

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Si Seymour

Age: 48

Job title: Management Consultant

1. What is your why?

Acting on well-being, not just talk about it

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Enjoy every day

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Real life feather power up on every climb

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Dad chic

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Martin Fitzpatrick

Age: 51

Job Title: MD property co.

1. What is your why?

Pub talk, snowballed into this

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

You aren’t getting any younger and need to chalk@a few items on the board

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Speed of light, so I could cross globes without jet lag

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Bar snacks in pubs free of charge on Sunday lunchtimes like in the 80s

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Jemma Harding

Age: 42

Job title: Shepherdess

1. What is your why?

It’s a great challenge, pushing me well out of my comfort zone mentally and physically.

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

There’s a beach and cocktails at the end... so keep pedalling.

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Sonic legs for the hills...

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Quality r&b

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Chris Chesterton

Age: 59

Job title: Property Director

1. What is your why?

Challenge myself after a long lock down

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

“Just keep cycling”

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Repairing punctures by just looking at them

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Chopper Bikes

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

David S - Support Crew

Age: 18.2*pi

Job title: Senior Leisureist + Team SBST Support Crew

1. What is your why?

I love driving in France and raising money for a great cause

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Easy, 80 miles a day in an air conditioned van listening to music! 😉

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

Time phase shifting

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

4hr martini lunches followed by a siesta followed by a night out

Dave Taylor Sandbanks to St Tropez

Sian Gray - Support Crew

Age: 33

Job title: Sports Injury Specialist + Team SBST Support Crew

1. What is your why?

For a great experience and to be apart of something that I don’t think has been done before.

2. What inspirational advice would you give yourself for this trip?

Mind the cyclists!

3. What would be your chosen superhero power?

To slow down time

4. What trend would you like to make a comeback?

Thinner eybrows

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