Turned down a soccer scholarship to the US in 2008 to pursue an amateur career in bicycle racing. James moved to Belgium as an 18 year old to race full time at a semi-professional level for a year before starting a Sport Management degree at Loughborough University in 2010. He continues to ride and recently completed the Haute Route Pyrenees, raising £10,000 for the charity: SOS Children's Villages.
"My drive to complete this world record comes from a personal desire to test myself physically and mentally. The challenge also illustrates that there are some amazing things that can be achieved by graduates, that prove not only to be life experiences but may also strengthen CVs. This is something that is becoming more apparent in gaining that all important graduate job"
Priyank is an International Business undergraduate in his fourth year of study. Whilst at university he became heavily involved in Loughborough Students TV (LSUTV). Originally trained as a videographer and editor, he gained experience in live broadcasting operations leading him into production of live political, sporting and light entertainment shows. Priyank's experience has allowed him to film for BBC East Midlands, edit for Attic Media and assist in the technical setup of BBC One's The Big Questions. During a placement at PSA Peugeot Citroën in the PR and Sales Operations department for Peugeot UK he assisted in the planning and implementation of a corporate partnership campaign with Children in Need, ultimately raising £500,000.
"I hope to develop a successful career in the automotive industry. With an overall aim to specialize in PR and Marketing Communications. This event is a chance to improve the relevant skills needed to achieve this.”
Student at Loughborough University studying International Business and due to graduate in summer 2014. Will has great organisational and planning skills, which he has learnt from a wide degree of previous work experience at KPMG and Goldman Sachs. He enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures, partaking in trips to Africa, Asia and Europe. These acquired skills will be key in planning routes and overcoming any problems during the preparation of the trip. His role as part of the support team includes handling the logistics, outlining the route, hotel bookings, completing the risk assessment, tracking and assisting in gaining sponsorship to support the en route team, as well as provide continual motivational support.
“I see this as an opportunity and a challenge for myself and the team. When James first mentioned the idea to me I immediately wanted to be involved. I hope to gain a valuable understanding of different European cultures and intend to practice what I’ve learnt from previous experience. Following the world record attempt I am travelling back to London to begin my first full time job and hope to continue to work on such exciting projects.”
Grant originally came to Loughborough to study Sports Science. During his three years he was fortunate to be closely mentored by double Olympic medalist coach Fuzz Ahmed; who had previously studied at RADA and worked with top footballers and rugby players. This invaluable experience meant that within a year he was coaching international high jumpers and gaining live experience with one of the best athletes in the world, Robbie Grabbarz, and his training group. Through strength and conditioning support, Grant will ensure James is as physically well prepared as possible.
“I hope one day to achieve my ambition of being a fully-fledged Olympic coach while expanding my business to employ athletes/coaches to work with all levels of sports/business people with performance enhancement goals.”
A Loughborough University Graduate in Sports Science with Management BSc (Hons) and recently qualified on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP) Level 4, through which Luke is equipped with the skills and the knowledge in nutritional advice for sports events and performance. Lastly, Luke is fully qualified with a diploma in sports massage therapy, pre and post event. Luke’s role as part of the support team includes the preparation and management of James pre and post ride nutritional needs, alongside providing the sports massage therapy to maintain and condition James's body throughout this gruelling attempt. Luke will also be heavily involved in logistics and planning. Responsible for; driving and navigation, cooking, motivational support, and tracking and monitoring James progress throughout.
“I hope to gain invaluable experience from this truly once in a lifetime opportunity. My future goals include opening my own clinic through which I will run my own training and nutrition practice.”
Student at Aston University studying Accounting for Management (Bsc Hons) and due to graduate in summer 2014. Following a placement year at Enterprise Rent A Car and developing skills in sales and fleet management, Sam will be heavily involved in the logistical side of the world record attempt, helping to manage the sponsors of the support vehicles and ensuring the route is navigated as efficiently as possible.
“The challenge to set the Race Across Europe world record is one I am relishing. To establish ourselves as the first team to complete the world record is a task that will require a range of skills including precision planning, negotiating and teamwork. I’m looking forward to putting my placement year learnings and experience to use in a wider context.”
Outside of the day to day thrills of mechanical co-ordinated design, Shento’s a keen amateur cyclist and triathlete. These are hobbies of which have included a daunting 965km cycle from Boxhill to Edinburgh in 6 days, and continual training for triathlons. With experience in long distance training Miles will provide cycling specific en route support. Prior to the world record attempt he will manage the finances and liaise with sponsors to ensure successful partnerships for all involved.
“I hope to gain a cycle experience like no other and help the team complete their goal of setting the world record, whilst naming James as the fastest man across Europe on a bike”
Tom Traies is a lighting cameraman and single-camera documentary film maker. Currently the Station Manager of LSUTV, for the past 3 years he has been a staple of the Loughborough Students Media Center. Traies has worked with clients such as Jessica Ennis, Tinie Tempah, Total Jobs and British Triathlon. This experience is helping him carve out a future career in filmmaking, a far cry from his undergraduate studies in Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to combine my two favourite past times; filming and cycling. This challenge offers me the chance to travel Europe, whilst developing my documentary filming skill set.”
Founded by Simon Walker, a second year Computer Scientist, Comceptualise began purely through word of mouth and has quickly grown from strength to strength. Bringing in Stanley Finch, a second year industrial designer to takeover Graphic Design, has enabled them to further expand to create fresh dynamic sites. Approached by velo7 to build this site, ComCeptualise were keen to get involved with Simon being a keen cyclist and the duo being excited to get involved with such a great team and the inspirational nature of the project. We wish James all the very best.