Optimum MD Nick Bowden cycles London to Paris for charity.

18 July 2013

Nick and his son Sam are riding from London to Paris as part of a 24 man team in aid of Hospitality Action.

Sam, who works at Michelin starred restaurant L’Ortolan, is riding with his boss, executive chef Alan Murchison of BBC 2’s The Great British Menu. Nick is taking the opportunity to spend some time with Sam and ride into Tour de France territory, whilst raising money for chefs and caterers who have fallen on very hard times.

Sam says, “ The challenge of riding with my boss, raising money and pushing on to Paris is a tough one. 300 miles in 3 days is no joke, but I am looking forward to it. I have spent hours risking life and limb training on my bike around Reading and am hoping for some quieter roads in France.”

Nick sees the challenge as a sporting opportunity and a chance to use his favourite pastime for a worthy cause. Many of the cyclists taking part are very good riders, so the pace will be high and each day very tough. Nick says, “I will be surrounded by chefs, so the pit stops should be good! I can’t wait to see what will be on the menu!”

If you would like to support Sam and Nick, without having to sit on a razor sharp saddle alongside them, please visit:

London to Paris June for Hospitality Action

All the proceeds of the ride go to Hospitality Action. The team have set themselves an ambitious goal of £26,000 for the ride – let’s hope they make it in every sense!