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900 high-fives to our Tour De Test Valley riders!

Congratulations to all of our Tour De Test Valley 2016 riders! What a day, what a ride…

It was the biggest team yet for the three-route cycle sportive in memory of pro-snowboarder and top gent Nelson Pratt. Over 900 riders conquered the hills of Hampshire on Saturday raising a whopping amount to help prevent male suicide.

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Pro-snowboarder Jenny Jones, cutting the start ribbon at 8am.

The weather was overcast but mercifully dry and the atmosphere was electric. Event organiser and best friend of Nelson, Marcus Chapman had this to say: “For me, Nelson’s brother Chris, and his Mum and Dad, it’s just amazing to see so many smiling faces and people having a great time. It makes us feel the legacy and memory of Nelson –and so many other men taking their lives – has some sort of positive meaning. If the event can raise awareness of the crazy statistics of male suicide and reduce stigma of mental health, then Nelson’s death is truly not a waste, he would have liked that for sure.”

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The lads: Hamish, Sam, Matt and Marcus

We spoke to many exhausted but elated riders at the finish who said it was the best sportive they’d taken on. The festivities after were legendary, with curry and cider aplenty… maybe too much, as Marcus notes: “I watched one of the Pratts’ family friends who’d been up at 6am running the car park crash into the finish barrier and fall across the finish line. I think he may have had a couple of pints of cider!”

Spirits were high, with everyone enjoying the camaraderie and family feel. Here’s The Golden Boy himself, Hamish Duncan, live-streaming his round-up at the finish line, including a chat with CALM CEO Jane Powell about the huge impact Nelson’s Tour De Test Valley has had on CALM.

The money raised is still coming in so we hope to announce the total very soon, but we’re really chuffed and grateful to say it could be in the region of £30,000. Those legs did good!

Huge shout out Ewan Sladen and Mia Brookes (11 and 12 years old) who raised over £1000, and Bain & Co’s team of 15, who raised over £4,000! Spectacular.

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Mia and Ewan

Marcus would like to thank Nelson’s family, Chris, Jenny Jones, and event partners Vans Footwear, Langdowns DFK accountants, Knight Frank Hungerford, Madison, Andy Cook Cycling and Halo Sports. Without these guys the event wouldn’t be possible. Also, all the incredible guys on the farm, and of course all of his friends and amazing volunteers.

CALM would like to say a massive thank you to Marcus and his team for such an incredible event. A special shout out to Wyatt Wendels who announced his 1,100 mile Road To Rockstock cycle ride at the event, and our volunteer team Dora, Paul, Phil, Callie, Sivan, Etam and the Beckman family.

A glorious finish

You can see the Tour De Test Valley finisher photos on Facebook, make sure to tag yourself and your friends.

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The official event photography will be released very soon, so join the campaign and we’ll share the full  photo album with you in our next newsletter. Thank you all so much! #RideOnNelly

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