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The Big Bike Back Team

Meet the fantastic team of Alumni and Dulwich Prep London staff who cycled from Betws-y-Coed to Dulwich from 7th to 10th October 2021.
13 Oct 2021
United Kingdom
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Pausing for snacks and a photo opportunity outside Eton College
Pausing for snacks and a photo opportunity outside Eton College

Nick Ryan

A former old boy and boarder at Brightlands from 1973 through to 1978 and a member of the Alumni committee. I am 56 years of age and wondering what on earth I am doing trying to ride some 400 plus kilometres in 4 days!  Anyway as they say it seemed like a good idea at the time.  My background is 30 years in banking followed by a further 10 or so in finance operations, mergers and acquisitions.  I spent the early part of my life running - 70 odd miles a week and engaging in almost all types of sport.

Since then I have relaxed a bit, running 2 London marathons, several mountain marathons and numerous other equally silly challenges.  Whilst my son grew up I spent the 5-10 years coaching rugby including county development for Sussex which was extremely rewarding.

However, life does move on it has been many years since I have seriously attempted anything remotely athletic in nature and am now rather perplexed as to how I have ended up agreeing to do this ride - but the two causes are so worthwhile and the company is superb so as they say “into the breach once more ….see you in Dulwich on the 10th (hopefully)”…….

Tom Williams

An alumnus from 1985 and chairman of the Alumni Association. Bought his first road bike three weeks before the big day.

Huw Humphreys

I'm 48 years old, a former DPL pupil and parent and now a member of the Governing Body. Working in the arts as Head of Music at the Barbican Centre. A keen golfer and cricketer, and odd marathon runner, but also a complete cycling novice whose dreams are now filled with nightmarish images of Snowdonian mountains. 

Kim Humphreys

Elder brother of Huw, now 56, and left DCPS London in 1978.  Since then I have had a varied career working in banking, politics and real estate development. All my children attended Dulwich Prep London. I really enjoy watching grand tour racing so it will be great to get out in a peloton. It is some time since I have done a major cycle like this but am really looking forward to the challenge.

Matt Flint

I am 56 years old and semi-retired from online travel. A bit overweight, keen sportsman. Coach rugby and cricket at Beckenham and have been talked into this because my dad was at DCPS and was evacuated to Betws. He’s in one of the station pictures. He’s now 92 and not very well so will be pleased that Tom and I took part.

Tom Flint

Younger brother of Matt, now 52 years old and alumni of DPL.  After school, I was a BT apprentice and was sent to university where I studied Computer Science.  Since then I have been a magazine publisher, a DJ, and helped Urban Outfitters launch in Europe. After that, I went back to study and am now a lecturer in Digital Media and Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University. I have a PhD, and my brother loves to point out that I'm not a real doctor. Currently I am living in Edinburgh with my wife and 2 adult sons. I started cycling in London in the 80s (before cycle lanes) because I hated the tube. I am now taking part in this ride with my brother as a means of connecting with our father who was one of the evacuees.

Sunil Gupta

Alumni from 1972, parent 1997-2007. Cycling Proficiency badge in 1972. Rewarded with a red Raleigh Chopper followed by a Hero Hercules cycle in Rajasthan for 3 years. Now tackling obesity with a lighter bike whilst managing a group of surgeries in South London. Grateful that I am still able to cycle at all thanks to starting young !  

Melissa Treacher

Wife of Toby Treacher, an Alumni, who cycles regularly at weekends and was keen to take on the Betws2Betws challenge.

Louise Davidson

Head Master of Dulwich Prep London. Took part in a previous cycle ride from London to Paris. Not wanting to miss a moment of school, she joined the Betws2Betws cycle ins Stratford at 6.30pm on Friday 8th Oct 2021.

Mark Scholey

I am 44 years old and have been a teacher for the last 8 years, with the last four years as Deputy Head at DPL. Before teaching, I started work in management consultancy and then worked for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from bid to Games. I have done a few long-distance cycle rides over the years, including a ride from Durham to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire with a few hockey matches, swims, and runs in between. Even though that was in 2008, I can still remember the saddle soreness so I am hoping there might be some ice baths en route!

Fergus Ryan

My name is Fergus, I am 28 years old and son of Alumni Nick Ryan. I am a professional mountain-biker competing in the Enduro World Series but enjoy pretty much anything outdoors. I have a degree in sports science and worked in marketing for a few years before pursuing my dream job, riding my bike. I currently reside in the Forest of Dean but try whenever possible to venture out to the mountains. I am looking forward to this opportunity to meet some exciting people and ride bikes with my dad, something we haven’t done in years.

Carleigh Wright

My name is Carleigh and I am 24 years old. I am a keen bike rider and have taken an interest in riding several different types of bike. I am a pharmacist and try to get out on my bike multiple times a week after work. Although I get out on my bike often, I have not done many long rides so I am very excited to get in the saddle for this challenge and for a great cause!

Ann Revell

On the staff for many years running the IT department and now the school's archivist.  Very excited to be returning to Betws again, where the evacuees held an annual reunion until 2015. Just glad to be doing the ride on four whhels not two!

Ali Ryan

Wife of Nick Ryan, mother of Fergus, and all-important driver of the van transporting the luggage and the vital bike repair kit.

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