• Thankyou

    Ten days on from this year’s event, it’s time to thank you all for the amazing support. Already we’ve reached our fundraising target of £5,000, which is great news. 134 of you donated, and that’s hugely impressive. To the family and friends of everyone who took part: thankyou. And to those who merely read about us on the internet: thankyou. It’s usually hard to drum up support from people with little or no real-world connection to the people undertaking the challenge, but you’ve been outstanding.

    And what a challenge it was. None of us were really sure how it would go. As it turned out, we all completed the Club des Cinglés awards that we signed up for, but not one of us was both willing and able to go beyond that. The idea of trying to do as many ascents as possible was a gamble from the start, but Ventoux is a curious beast and not a small endeavour: had we been attempting a dozen or so ascents of something a third of the size we may have pushed ourselves to breaking point, but when the night falls and the wind rises and fatigue kicks in, “just one more” is a sizeable and potentially risky step.

    approaching-the-summit

    For more photos, see our Flickr group. (At the time of writing, there are more to come.)

    Don’t forget that you can still order T-shirts: for climbing lovers, climbing haters, and people who don’t care about climbing, but only until the end of July. Over £5 from each T-shirt goes to Amnesty UK.

    Finally, thank you not just to those who donated to Amnesty, but those who spread the word, and those who donated prizes to the draw. It’s all been a huge help. And, as ever, a special thankyou to The Ride Journal whose support is always unsurpassed.

    And so the curtain falls on this year’s event. Le Jour de France has now raised over £21,000 so far, and you are the reason for that.

  • Merch!

    It went like this: Someone on Twitter looked at the team page, and jokingly said that I should put the quote about the massive pile of climbing on a T-shirt. And I said heh, yeah (right). But then someone else said they’d buy it. And someone else did, too.

    I said well, that’s great, but no-one offers a service where I can just upload a design and people can order T-shirts with part of the money going direct to a charity. But then the first person pointed out that someone does: TBoom.

    I thought I’d call everyone’s bluff, and did a quick pencil scribble. A few minutes later, through the magic of a cameraphone, that scribble was in Inkscape with the quote behind it, and the first draft was waved under people’s noses. And their bluff was called. And now not only are they all morally obliged to buy a T-shirt even if they don’t like the colour, but you’ve got the opportunity to buy one too.

    There are three designs to choose from.

    You can buy the grey Le Jour de France logo shirt here, and there are two variants of the blue Massive Pile of Climbing shirt: the “and that’s the way I like it” version here and the “and I don’t really like climbing” version here. All are available in unisex (£15) and “lady fit” (£16), and the blue shirts are also available in kids’ sizes (£13). Don’t ask why the grey one isn’t: I don’t know.

    Over £5 from each shirt goes directly to Amnesty UK. Hell, if we only sell one then that’s £5 for a great cause. (We get nothing, of course.)

    I’ve not used TBoom before so I can’t personally vouch for the quality. If and when I order some myself, I’ll let you know.

    They’re only available until 31 July, so you’ll need to order by the end of the month.

    Here’s the Massive Pile of Climbing “and that’s the way I like it” design in more detail.

    massive-pile-of-climbing-love-it-blue

     

  • Win Stuff

    We’ve got some great news. Schwag is back! Pledge (and donate) at least £5 and you’ll get a code to enter the prize draw. And we’ve got some great prizes, nine in total; keep reading to find out what they are…

    Your prize draw code will appear below if you’re logged in. Can’t see one yet? All you need to do is make a pledge; for further details, read on.

    You'll need to log in or register and make a pledge before you can get a prize draw code.

    How it works

    1. Make a pledge of at least 15p per ascent or £5 as a fixed pledge.
    2. Come back here and pick up your raffle ticket.
    3. When you make your donation (minimum £5) via JustGiving, be sure to enter your prize draw code in the comment.

    If something goes wrong, like you forget to put your code in your JustGiving comment, then email us and we’ll do our best to help you out. As long as we can confidently trace your donation back to your user account on here, we’ll be able to sort it. (If in doubt, tick the “make my email address visible to…” box when you make your donation, because we’ll be able to use that.)

    We’ll draw the winners on (at least, no earlier than) Monday 20 July, so you’ll have a week after the event to make your donation and qualify for the draw. If you win anything you’ll be notified by email, and we’ll also put the list of winning tickets up on this page.

    Good luck!

    The prizes

    bontrager-logo-1

    Thanks to the wonderful folk at Trek UK, one lucky winner will receive not only a pair of Bontrager Velocis road shoes but also a Bontrager Velocis helmet to match. That’s a prize worth well over £300! The winner will get to choose the size and colour of both, including the awesomely loud “electric salmon” shoes.

    bontrager-prize


    roadcc-logo-1

    Road.cc is our favourite road cycling site, and the people who live inside it and make it work are so generous that they came offering prizes before we’d even asked.

    They’ve put together a bumper box of cycling goodies, including:

    • a Bontrager Flare rear light,
    • a Castelli jersey,
    • a pair of Lusso socks,
    • a Buff,
    • a T-shirt,
    • a box of Honey Stinger waffles,
    • a book about coffee (mmm, coffee) and
    • some “Cyclists Stay Awesome” stickers

    We don’t know how much that’s worth but it’s certainly worth winning. One lucky winner gets the whole box!


    castelli-cafe-logo

    We knocked on Castelli’s door because they’re great folks who make great kit. Simple as that. They’re offering a heap of spot prizes, including:

    • a Bellissima women’s top (S, RRP £70),
    • a Retro cap (RRP £15),
    • a Performance cap (RRP £20),
    • a Summer Skullcap (RRP £18),
    • a pair of Aero Speed gloves (XL, RRP £35),
    • a pair of T1 triathlon socks (L/XL, RRP £13) and
    • a pair of Free socks (L/XL, RRP £14)

    That’s £185 worth of top Italian kit up for grabs! Schwagissimo! Each of these is a separate prize, so you’ve got seven chances to win some Castelli performance.

    The small print

    Prizes are only offered to UK residents. Le Jour de France 2015 participants and their relatives are ineligible for the prize draw. Our supporters have the right to withdraw or change prizes if necessary. No more than one prize will be given per code and no more than one code may be held per person: anyone found trying to obtain multiple codes will have all codes voided.

    Any questions? Just drop us a line.

    The draw

    We’ve now drawn our winning tickets! The following codes were confirmed by the closing date of 5pm Monday 20 July and went into the draw:

    P99D, P111D, P112D, P114D, P116D, P117D, P119D, P121D, P124D, P125D, P126D, P128D, P129D, P130D, P133D, P134D, P135D, P137D, P140D, P142D, P143D, P145D, P150D, P178D, P136D, P138D, P139D, P147D, P151D, P154D, P156D, P161D, P162D, P163D, P165D, P166D, P168D, P172D, P174D, P175D, P177D, P179D, P180D, P183D, P184D, P186D, P190D, P196D, P197D, P198D, P199D, P200D, P203D, P211D, P215D, P219D, P212D, P218D, P220D, P222D, P226D, P227D, P228D, P229D, P230D, P231D.

    Each ticket was folded twice, placed into a tin which was shaken, and then drawn without looking. If you are a conspiracy theorist and want to see the draw in action, here’s a low-res video of it. A high res version is available if anyone from the United Nations, the European Court of Human Rights or The Milk Marketing Board needs to apply a more rigorous level of scrutiny.

    The winning tickets are as follows:

    Castelli Cafe prizes:

    • Free socks: P184D
    • T1 socks: P125D
    • Aero Speed gloves: P228D
    • Summer skullcap: P143D
    • Performance cap: P220D
    • Retro cap: P138D
    • Bellissima jersey: P134D

    Road.cc prize:

    • Box of schwag: P218D

    Bontrager prize:

    • Velocis helmet and shoes: P178D

    We’ll be in touch with all the winners by email.