An undertaking of this size and complexity would not be possible alone. Therefore I am incredibly grateful to the team who have made this possible.
I’m Jenny and I’m Luke’s mother, as well as being a senior partner in a GP practice near Bristol. We brought up our two boys John and Luke to value fitness and outdoor activity among other things, and in recent years Luke has taken this to another level. So Luke’s B2B plans came as no surprise and we are supporting him all the way.
Life turned upside down for us after Luke’s diagnosis last summer. His attitude and determination have inspired us to make the most of each day. We are focussed on helping Luke to realise his vision and put out his message to the world.
I’m Mark, and I’m enormously proud to be Luke and John’s Dad. The tandem is a bit of a family journey – Jenny and I left our wedding on one in 1990, and in recent years we’ve been cycling along the course of the Danube each summer on one. The last year has been a challenge, and Luke’s grit and determination have been really inspiring, as he continually makes the most of every moment.
We’ve had unexpected fun cycling and even competing in a mountain marathon together. I now want to support Luke to deliver his message about living life to the full while he – and all of us – try to do the same.
My name is Amée and I’m a member of the B2B team, excited to be supporting Luke’s vision come to fruition! I’m currently working in refugee protection in Greece, and also enjoy a cycle here and there! I’m hoping to join Luke for parts of the cycle when I can, and also looking forward to supporting from a distance!
Hi, I’m Kira, one of Luke’s cousins. I’m currently teaching English in Spain, after studying a languages degree at Durham University, and I am super excited for Luke’s adventure. I share his passion for travelling and discovering new cultures and meeting new people, and as well as helping organise things in the B2B team, I hope to join him on bits of his journey (although I’ll have to get practising as my main exercise currently involves dancing, hiking, and building human towers (muixeranga), so rather different to cycling!).
I will be helping with social media and fundraising in the B2B team to make sure that this impressive ride is as big a success as it can be, enabling Luke’s message to be spread far and wide to inspire many many people to get out, be active and make the most of every opportunity.
I’m Arthur, and I’ve been a friend of Luke’s since we first met in Cairo a few years ago. I have since graduated from university and recently returned home to Oxford after spending some time working in Geneva for MSF. Luke’s energy and sense of adventure was evident the first time we met, and it is inspiring to witness this being channelled into the B2B project.
I will be involved with advocacy and outreach work during the ride, and am also looking forward to joining Luke on the back of the tandem for a few months. As a CanLiver myself, I found that friends and adventure, a healthy lifestyle and a positive outlook are three pillars that shaped my life and the lives of those around me for the better. I hope that through this journey we can inspire others to embrace this.
I’m Jamie and a schoolfriend of Luke’s. I’ve just finished the ACA in London and have taken a sabbatical to think about what to do next. I’m very touched that Luke’s asked me to join him for this journey. I’ve never cycled more than 20 miles in a day before, so this will be a new challenge for me.
I’m helping organise visas, and research places to visit on the route. Like all of us I am inspired by Luke’s message and his relentless positivity and drive. As he said to me, if you keep putting one foot in front of the other (or one pedal?) you can change as a person – and I agree.
I’m Georgia, and I first met Luke when he was an 18-year-old determined to annoy his older brother, my boyfriend John. Even then he astounded me with his capacity for exercise and optimism. We have lost John since those days, and as a result I understand some of Luke’s philosophy of living each day to the full. As a former PR professional I am on hand for media, social media and messaging suggestions. The rest of the time I am slowly giving in to Luke’s persistent attempts to get me (a chronic exercise-phobe) running again.
I’m Jeremy, and I met Luke only after his life was turned upside down and we had both begun studying at the University of Oxford. His passion for a full and thriving life is clear in everyday acts, and I have found it magnetic and inspiring. Prior to my master’s degree studies with Luke I spent 15 years in green buildings, renewable energy, and sustainable cities while based in Washington, DC and New York.
I have several people in my personal and professional life who have struggled with cancer and I am overjoyed to be part of Luke’s support team as he shares his inspiring message and story with the world. I am helping with communications, fundraising, strategy, and other things here and there. Luke has already taken me running all over Spain and the Netherlands and has motivated me to maintain my fitness and eat more healthily. Now it’s my turn to help Luke fulfill his dream while amplifying his story and maximising his impact!
My name’s Liz and I’m one of Luke’s godparents. I live in Epsom, happily equidistant between Heathrow and Gatwick, so over the years Luke has passed through regularly en route to and from various adventures. A former cyclist, I completed Land’s End to John o’ Groats in 1981 with Luke’s Mum Jenny. As a result of Luke’s encouragement I have taken up cycling again and love it. I work as an archivist at the Royal Horticultural Society and like my totally awesome godson, I love exploring the world, recently returning from an adventure in Vietnam with husband and B2B team member Philip.
I’m over the moon to be part of the B2B team, and hugely inspired by Luke’s response to his diagnosis and the messages he is sharing. We radically changed our diet last summer to follow an anti-cancer diet, and, along with Luke, are looking to make the most of every moment. Part of that is working to make sure the Bristol2Beijing ride is the biggest success, helping and inspiring people everywhere.
I’m Philip, married to Liz (above!) and also a proud godparent to Luke. I’ve been inspired by Luke to upgrade to a lovely road bike recently, and am thoroughly enjoying riding more than ever before.
Professionally, I left a large IT company after 32 years in November 2018, and joined the South East Coast Ambulance Service. I now work as front-line ambulance crew, and am on a journey to become a paramedic.
My main support for Luke and the team here is to build and maintain this website.