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Chris Grove

As a partner in BDO’s corporate finance team, I have enjoyed many years working in the mid-market across many sectors and with some great management teams, investors and advisers, a lot of whom I would now regard as friends. For most of us business is about people; we thrive on finding connections and building relationships. In BDOVELO, I saw a fantastic opportunity to bring people together and create something different – a sustainable business community, based around two wheels.

For me cycling is a passion –some would say obsession but I’m not prepared to admit that just yet! My cycling pre-dates the recent Wiggo-inspired craze, which is probably how I’ve managed to accumulate a number of bikes (“too many” to quote Mrs G) from the 1970s steel-framed Eddy Merckx of my youth, to the Bamboo bike I rode from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2012. It’s hard to pick a “favourite” but the bike of the moment is probably my ex-team issue Condor Leggero.

As a regular sportivist, I’ve followed wheels around the UK and Europe, with last year’s highlight riding the Milan – San Remo Challenge. Recent excursions have
included the Amstel Gold Race (don’t believe anyone who says the Netherlands are flat!) and Liege-Bastogne- Liege. There have been many “defining moments” but few
come close to riding the 23 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez in advance of the Tour de France in 2011 or Sa Colobra in Mallorca. This year, I’m heading to Siena for the Strade
Bianchi and over to the Alps for the Morzine; Il Lombardia is also on the agenda if I can get away with it!

Last year I managed to tick off one from my bucket list: Mont Ventoux, where my cycling hero, Tom Simpson, ran out of road in the 1967 Tour de France. The
question is what next…..?

At home I’m desperately trying to stay ahead of the pack although they have caught up and in most cases already overtaken me! On the bike I can just about hold my own but despite all the training, as Greg LeMond remarked: “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” Well that’s the plan!

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.” Anon