Les Veloistes Gentils

lvgjersey-smallAnyone who has spent any time at all on this blog or, indeed, around me over the past year will know all about The Bike Ride. The result of a drunken chat between me and my old mate Mark (original back story here) it turned into something rather more significant and worthwhile, as ten men good and true raised nearly £12,000 for charity by cycling from London to south-west France. More stuff on the adventure here and here.

As you can see below, we had such a fantastic time (and have clearly forgotten about the tired bits) that we’ve decided to do it all over again in 2009. Slightly tougher route this time though…

One thing that we did decide during the ride this year was that our happy little band needed a name, and that name is ‘Les Veloistes Gentils’. We went for a French one because France plays such an important part of what we get up do and, frankly, it sounds cool.

‘Veloistes’ isn’t actually a real word. The French word for bike is velo and the word for cyclist is cycliste, so we’ve combined the two. Nice, huh? The most literal translation for ‘gentil’ is ‘kind’, but it actually means slightly more than that. ‘Gentil’ is about kindness, sure, but also generosity and respectfulness. All round good stuff. And it certainly describes every member of the little equipe that we formed this year. One member of the team, young Tim, has designed the rather lovely logo that you can see here and which will adorn the jerseys next year. There are even rumours of tattoos…

It’s an exclusive little club and one of which you can only become a member by participating on one of the rides, which I very much hope will be an annual event for many years to come. Les Veloistes Gentils already looks like it will be expanding in 2009 as we’ve had a few more sign up for the ride. Who knows how large it might become in the future?

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9 thoughts on “Les Veloistes Gentils

  1. Matt says:

    I thought it was time I commented. A blog with no comments is a sad thing …

  2. Mark says:

    I know, I know. My fault entirely…infrequent posting blah blah. Nobody comes here anymore.

  3. Matt says:

    I’ve been watching quite a few blogs and even those who blog frequently aren’t getting many comments. I wonder if people are slightly tiring of it …

  4. Mark says:

    Yep, I think they are. I also think Twitter’s got quite a bit to do with it. A high proportion of blog posts were about pointing to other online content, which is something that’s very quick and easy to do via Twitter.

  5. Neil says:

    hi mate

    are the jerseys made yet?

  6. Mark says:

    Being made as we speak pal. Hopefully will be readuy in a couple of weeks.

  7. nell says:

    Are the Veloistes Gentils shirts for sale a la publique generale?

  8. Mark says:

    Hi Nell,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    At the moment, I’ve only made jerseys for the guys on the rides themselves so there aren’t any available to others.

    Stay tuned though as I might get some made for general use.

    Also visit our new ning site and join up if you fancy – you can find it here: http://lesveloistesgentils.ning.com

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