The cyclists’ route took them from London towards the south of England, crossing the river Medway at the Royal British Legion village near Aylesford in Kent. The village was of significance to the ride, as it was founded after the First World War to help injured soldiers from the nearby Preston Hall hospital. From Dover, they crossed the channel by ship to Calais, following a similar route to England’s first Anglo-Norman king William the Conqueror of Normandy 1066 but in reverse.
Landing in France, the team headed south through the Parc Naturel des Caps et Marais d’Opale, a protected region containing a major forest just outside the French town of Boulogne. Heading south, they passed through Abbeville, crossing over the river Somme – a region with particular relevance to the Royal British Legion this year, as many British soldiers died here during the First World War in 1916. At length, the route passed through Beauvais and entered Paris from the west, crossing over the Seine river and passing through the Bois de Boulogne woods to finish at the Arc
de Triomphe, a magnificent 19th century monument that was completed in 1833 in central Paris.
Team Captain Toby Baker, a senior fixed income, rates & FX trader, summed up how the cyclists felt as they crossed the finish line in Paris.
“To all ride over the line together, 24 riders from London, Baltimore and Copenhagen. We had a blast along the way, but what a sight when you pull in. It’s been amazing.”
In total, the brave cyclists had covered a distance of 460km since they set out. The average distance covered each day was between 100km and 129km per day.
“Pedal to Paris truly was a unique opportunity to connect the global T. Rowe Price community,” says Dan Shackelford, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price New Income Fund. “Together we supported a wonderful charity and participated in an incredibly organized cycling challenge. For me personally, it was a dream come true to cycle across the beautiful English and French countryside, traverse the famous cobblestones of Paris, and finish the event at the iconic Arc de Triomphe.”
On 1 September 2016, a sea of 350 intrepid cyclists could be seen riding across the English and French countryside. Among them, 24 associates from T. Rowe Price, led by team captain Toby Baker, a senior fixed income, rates & FX trader at the firm, took part to raise money for the Royal British Legion charity.
The annual ride is now in its 21st year and supports the Royal British Legion, which provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community, serving men, women, veterans and their families. Following on from K&KGC's article (in issue 4 of The Buy-Side Perspectives) to help T. Rowe Price raise money for the charity, the riders raised more than £50,000 (U.S. $65,000). With a corporate sponsorship and additional gift matching, the total amount T. Rowe Price has donated to the charity is more than
Pedal to ParisLutz Kalthoff
T. Rowe Price Associates ‘Pedal to Paris’ ride raises more than £100,000 for the Royal British Legion
Head of Global Buy-side Research