Adam Green #APN20RIDER06 I have written a blog about a few of my long distance exploits, I would say it’s worth a read but I’m somewhat biased. (Japanese Odyssey ’17, TCRno6, Panceltic ’19). Adna Dumitrescu #APN20RIDER07 Alex Edge #APN20RIDER08 Alexander Junkov #APN20RIDER10 I’m from Frankfurt, Germany and my passion for ultra-distance cycling started end of 2018 with self-planned regional adventures. In July 2019 I participated in the inaugural Trans Alba Race (DNF) in Scotland. And now this time I’m looking forward to explore the north of England and to meet APN team and riders. Certainly it will be a challenging and a memorable experience. Ali Hutton #APN20RIDER12 Andrew Clayton #APN20RIDER48 Anisa Aubin #APN20RIDER14 Ashley Sharp #APN20PAIR71A Bastien Wax #APN20RIDER15 Benjamin Liguz #APN20PAIR72A Calum Rogers #APN20RIDER11 I’m from south London and started my adulthood cycling in a trip to Nijmegen, eastern Netherlands, touring the Operation Market Garden battlefields on a 20 kg 3-speed town bike and loving it. I got into Audax in 2018 after hearing about ‘weird people who sleep in bus shelters’ and I found that I really got a buzz out of it, especially meeting with the warm community of longer-distance cyclists from the UK and around the world. Caroline Fry #APN20RIDER02 Caroline Soubayroux #APN20RIDER16 Age: 32 Nationality: French (and British soon!) Love: Cycling (duh) and Type 2 fun Hate: Cold weather (bracing myself for Yorkshire’s nights) Ride: Cube Attain Bio: I have been cycling since 2017 after I was offered my first bike for Christmas. Since then I have reached Cat 3 race licence, become an accredited track cyclist, completed multiple Audax including Les Cingles (3 ascents of Mont Ventoux in 24h) and finished Lanterne Rouge the Race Across France, an unsupported 8-day race in France over 3600km and 4000 meters of climbing, after a lot of bad luck. In 2020 I will be cycling the route of the Tour de France a day before the men with Donnons Des Elles au Velo, and race competitively in the French national championships (N2). All Point North will be an amazing challenge on top of my busy year, an occasion to discover my adoptive country, and as I have never “built” my own road before, I am looking forward (not without a bit of anguish) to the result! Carolyn Chambers #APN20RIDER34 Cat Karalis #APN20PAIR77A Fuelled by snickers and the curiosity of riding into the unknown, I am excited to kick the 2020 ultra riding races off with banking the miles up North. A veteran bike tourer who prefers to slum it, TCRno7 was my initial taste of endurance riding. After covering more than 2000km, I had to scratch in the Alps with no regrets (but quite the inflexible knee and permanent tan marks). A mind blowing experience where I met some incredibly inspiring riders. One of which being Sean King, who I shall be tackling APN with. Hoping history will not repeat itself, and our electricity does not fail us! Less Chat – More Miles! Charlie Wrigley #APN20RIDER40 Chris Woods #APN20RIDER19 Christine Kammerer #APN20RIDER21 Dan Whittaker #APN20RIDER04 Hi. I’m a 41-year-old husband to 1, father to 3 from north Manchester. Partial to a long ride and copious quantities of coffee. Have done some multi-day adventures before (Blackpool to Paris and Manchester to Alpe d’Huez), but supported. APN will be a different experience and one I can’t wait to get stuck into. What a real privilege to be able to do this; something I’ll try to remember in those darker moments when I’m saying to myself ‘you actually applied to do this you know!’ Look forward to meeting my fellow APNers out on the road in May. Dan Mitchell #APN20RIDER22 Daniel Brayson #APN20RIDER23 David Sherrington #APN20RIDER24 Debs Goddard #APN20RIDER49 Derrick Riley #APN20RIDER25 Eleanor Jaskowska #APN20RIDER26 I’m a Welsh lass living in Bristol. I’ve always ridden a bike to get around but I became a fully fledged cyclist when I was writing up my PhD thesis. My procrastination quickly escalated from 60 to 600km and I signed up for Transcontinental Number 5. My race didn’t go to plan and I was mentally and physically destroyed. After 3 years recovering with Audax events I’ve been avidly collecting patches including an RRTY, AAA Super Randonneur series, Mille Cymru and a fixed gear Paris-Brest-Paris. I’m really looking forward to APN to have another go at this racing malarkey and to being reunited with my rear derailleur. Evan Wood #APN20RIDER27 George Bennett #APN20RIDER28 More runner than rider, but got bitten by the long distance cycling bug with a rash bikepacking trip to volunteer in the transcontinental race. Have not looked back since, except maybe when I am cold, wet, tired and possibly lost in the middle of the night! Only then do I search my soul and question my life choices, so far cycling always won through. Glenn Calvert #APN20RIDER29 Grace Lambert-Smith #APN20PAIR74A Hannah Larbalestier #APN20PAIR75A Hetty Key #APN20RIDER30 A wayward mountain biker fond of maps, type two fun, cheese and good coffee. Typically found off-road, All Points North may mean more time on tarmac. However, the combination of living in Sheffield, loving long-distance and Rookie Places opening up was enough to tempt me to sign up for the challenge. Looking forward to finding my limit mentally and physically, exploring the route and planning my snacks. Less keen on packing light and headwinds. Ian Capleton #APN20PAIR76A Jake McCreedy-Evans #APN20RIDER31 James Milne #APN20RIDER32 My mate saw how much I struggled climbing up the hills in the Trans Pyrenees last year so painted me these wings so I could “fly up the mountains like never before” hope they are allowed under the rules. This race is against myself, I have no idea if I will win or my other self doubting self will win. It’s going to be a tough battle. When the sun is out, there are wonderful views and I’m full of sugar, I will definitely win. But when I’m tired my other me will gain the upper hand. The two me’s will just have to have a battle for supremacy of my mind. Hopefully I will have benefitted from my experience and foul weather riding and positivity will win, and I’ll roll over the line. Good luck every one ! James Craven #APN20PAIR73A Jamie Ashdown-Parkes #APN20RIDER09 It’s the middle of the night in this photo, stopped in McDonalds, with just under a 100km remaining to finish my longest ever ride, in training for All Points North and to complete 2019’s Festive 500. I love the adventure my bike takes me into; the planning, the hills, the solitude, the accumulating numbers, the discovery, the struggle. Looking forward to meeting fellow riders on All Points North, along with exploring new climbs and roads, and pushing beyond my known limits, discovering the unknown on the road. Jamie Oliver #APN20RIDER17 Jane Dennyson #APN20PAIR74B I’m a Scot living in London. Nothing makes me happier than an adventure on my bike. I cranked up my mileage last year and rode the inaugural TransAlba (2nd pair) and Paris Brest Paris. Excited about teaming up with Grace to ride All Points North and generally have a blast on our bikes. Jim Stewart #APN20PAIR78A John Green #APN20RIDER39 Like a lot of folk, I started out commuting……then roads just started getting longer. To date, all my multi-day stuff has involved a much more sedate pace with nice teas, pubs & luxuries like sleep. I’ve long been a dot watcher, but never a dot, & really wanted to do something about that. Very much looking forward to the challenge, & seeing whether I’ve got what it takes to get round as one of the rookies! Equally looking forward to meeting all the other folk taking part. Of slight concern, is I do love my velodrome riding, when you’re never more than a couple of hundred metres from being able to get off! Not sure this is a desirable trait for APN ??? John Baston #APN20RIDER60 I love touring and exploring by bike – new roads, trails and destinations always make the experience extra special. Much of my bike riding is done solo; sometimes involving long distances over one or several days. Living in Otley, West Yorkshire, the roads and bridleways of the Dales are my playground, but a lot of my most memorable riding has been done in Scotland. As well as solo riding, I enjoy touring & camping by tandem with my wife, Jenny. We have toured in France, Spain and Scotland. I take inspiration from the pioneering exploits of the ‘Rough Stuff Fellowship’ and a recently acquired Shand ‘Stoater’ bike has really opened up off-road possibilities/fun (although I’m planning to stay on tarmac for APN20). The official checkpoints for APN20 are important of course, as is the extra spice of a competitive element, but I’m hoping and expecting lots of other points in between: view points & landscapes; points of interest; high 😊 points & low 😬 points …above all a good ride and a great experience. I’m grateful to be able to be able to take on something like APN20 in my 60th year (& wearing cap no. 60!). John James McAnerney #APN20RIDER35 Jonathan Rankin #APN20PAIR73B Josh Roberts #APN20RIDER36 Julia Evans #APN20RIDER33 Kaspars Paulins #APN20RIDER38 APN20 will be my first ultra although I am familiar with cycling longer distances and multi-day events in other setups like 24h solo cross country, a week long off-road racing or just leisurely cycle trip somewhere wild and nice, among which NC500 is my favourite so far. I left life in Sheffield a couple of years ago and moved to Latvia which is where I’m originally from, so it’ll be quite an emotional journey for me to come back and be part of this amazing event created by some of the most amazing people I’ve met in my life 🙂 Looking forward to meet you all up North. Kate Hargreaves #APN20RIDER18 Katie Butler #APN20RIDER20 Kim Hinchliffe #APN20PAIR76B Liam Bromiley #APN20PAIR75B Lida Rahikainen #APN20RIDER41 Lucy Hurn #APN20RIDER42 I’m pretty new to the world of bike packing and my first race was the inaugural TransPyrenees last year, which was one of the best (and briefly some of the worst) experiences of my life. I’m equally excited and daunted by the idea of APN but I love the North and at least it wont involve trying to find food in France on a Sunday, so I’m raring to go! Lucy Cook #APN20RIDER43 Lucy Roebuck #APN20RIDER44 Matthew Galante #APN20RIDER13 Michael Bott #APN20PAIR79A Neil Eaton #APN20PAIR80A I have always been an active person; this is because of my love for sports, and I have a sweet tooth and have had to stay active to help burn the calories. In my youth is was Rugby Union, once I became too old for this, I moved onto running. Then reoccurring injuries meant I need to find another low impact sport and that’s when I started cycling. My passion for cycling is now an addiction to cafe stops and the countryside. I used to think I cycled a long way 50 miles. Then I started riding with others at various cycling club and started to think 100 miles was a long way. With my current club Alba Rosa (based in Leeds) they introduced me to longer rides, Coast to Coast (Seascale to Whitby) and Majorca 312 both completed multiple times, now I’m riding a long way. Then Richard Gate, a fellow Alba Rosa club member (my pairs partner for APN20) cycled the TCR06, and this introduced me to Ultra Cycling, and I finally realised I didn’t cycle long distances. This year I’m riding Majorca 312 again, APN20 as a pair with Richard and TAW solo (after a DNF last year through injury). I am looking forward to finding more cafes, countryside, a love for Ultra Endurance events, and seeing you all at the start line. Nicky Shaw #APN20RIDER03 Pawel Pulawski #APN20RIDER01 Peter Johnson #APN20RIDER45 Rachel Batt #APN20PAIR78B Raymond Dulieu #APN20RIDER46 Ray is 54 years old and lives in Namur, Belgium a stone throw away from the Mur de Huy and close to the roads of Liège-Bastogne-Liège. After discovering ultra cycling in 2018 riding TCRN06, he will be at the start of TCRN08 in July and is looking forward to riding APN in a region he only knows from running events. Richard Gate #APN20PAIR80B Richard was runner up in the inaugural All Points North. He is eager to return to this fantastic event. This year he is riding as a pair with his AlbaRosa club mate Neil Eaton. Top tips from last year? Take a waterproof phone! Aged 53 and a lifelong cyclist, Richard only started racing his later years. His first ultra race was the Transcontinental No6 in 2018. In July he is again racing in Transcontinental No8. His son Sam is equally excited to join with him and together they hope to reach the finish in Burgas as the first ever Father and Son pair. Rowan Frost #APN20PAIR79B Samuel Thompson #APN20RIDER05 Sean King #APN20PAIR77B Born in West Yorkshire, now based in Bristol. Former dancer and choreographer. Excited to have another excuse to be riding up North again. As preparation for Transcontinental Race No7, participated in North by Northwest multi-day Audax same weekend as All Points North. One of best events I’ve done – stunning scenery and big hills. Decided there and then wanted to apply for APN this year! Started TCRNo7 in Bulgaria, but scratched in Lausanne, Switzerland. Experience was life changing in many ways. Other plans for 2020 are FURTHER 2020 in Pyrenees and TranDevon. Member of Audax Club Bristol and Rapha Ride Leader. Looking forward to ‘bants’ level being high – as riding with TCRNo7 rider Cat Karalis. We have a plan, but may not stick to it. Always looking for that elusive ‘sat by bin’ shot for the ‘gram. Let’s see what we get up to! Sian Lambert #APN20RIDER47 Simon Everett #APN20RIDER50 Stephen Scott #APN20RIDER51 Stephen Haines #APN20PAIR71B Susanne van Aardenne #APN20RIDER37 Thomas Heyman #APN20PAIR72B Tim Vernon #APN20RIDER52 I’m passionate about cycling and although I live on the Shropshire/Welsh border, I have a feeling of kinship with The North of England. I completed The Fred Whitton and The Struggle Dales last year so I see this as a combination of the two, plus three or four Sportives yet to be ridden! It’s been said that nothing is worth achieving without effort. Let’s hope our efforts work out and we are all successful in completing this mega challenge. Keep well, stay safe and enjoy the suffering! Timothy Welsh #APN20RIDER53 In 2014, I picked up a bike seriously for the first time and started racing crits and road races. After a successful few years of racing I decided to try out a new type of cycling, so I took off solo on my first tour ever – a 7400 km circuitous trek across the US. I fell in love with the long distance cycling sport, and once moving over to the UK for my post-graduate studies I started doing audax rides regularly in 2019. Many epic rides have taken place since then, taking me all over the UK. I particularly love rides through the night, passing solo through quiet lanes in the countryside, and look forward to all that APN 2020 will bring! Tom Lennon #APN20RIDER54 “If it was easy everyone would do it” seems to be the underlying mantra to a lot of things I do. My cycling journey began 5 years ago as a weekend warrior doing 30 miles on a Sunday morning followed by an afternoon on the sofa eating everything in sight and moaning about how tired I was. This slowly turned into doing a few century rides for charity, along with some commuting to work. Then in 2017 my Dad passed away and having already hassled friends and colleagues in recent years to sponsor me for riding 100 miles, I knew I had to go big if I wanted to raise money to thank The Shakespeare Hospice for the care they provided. Combining my growing enjoyment of cycling with my Dad and I’s love of rugby I cycled unsupported to all 12 Premiership Rugby clubs – 744miles in 7 days…..and so my love of long distance multiday riding began. I certainly wasn’t built to ride a bike fast, but my mind finds a strange pleasure is seeing how far I can go and what discomfort I can tolerate. When I say to people that I’m going to try and ride 200 miles in a day or spend 3 days riding to a wedding rather than driving they give me this look, and it’s that look that confirms to me what I’m doing is the right thing. My next step into the unknown is APN, out of my comfort zone with no idea whether I will be able to achieve it or not – but if it was easy everyone would do it, right? Travis Flannagan #APN20RIDER55 Vicky Mathwin #APN20RIDER56 Having started my cycling life as a commuter, I was sucked further down the rabbit hole, eventually founding Queensbury Queens of the Mountain Cycling Club in 2016. Since then, I’ve become more and more fascinated with the world of ultra endurance riding, and have started challenging myself as much as time allows. Fitting in the training is my biggest challenge; I’m mum to a 10 year old, partner to Richee (my long suffering husband) and I have a full time senior management job in the NHS that requires a lot of travel. All of this means that I spend more than my fair share of time on a turbo trainer between long rides! Victoria Lawson #APN20RIDER57 Vincent Rifflart #APN20RIDER58 I’m 39, I recently moved in Cambridge with my wife and my stepdaughter. I like outdoor life and after a lot of hiking and mountaineering, I decided to give a try with bikepacking. APN will be my first long distance event and I’m looking forward to live this new adventure, meet the team and the other riders. Will Ward #APN20RIDER61 This photo was taken about 4 years ago when I changed from someone who simply commutes by bike to a proper cyclist. That day I was riding around the southern Alps on a 1982 Colnago Master. Since then I’ve been back to the Alps a few time, ridden the North Coast 500, a few night rides and other self-supported / planned adventures. All off my own back, and under my own steam. APN20 will be the first time I’ve brought all this experience together in to a proper event. I’m looking forward to the journey and exploring more of the the north of England, not to mention meeting the rest of the APN20 team.