June 26, 2015

Team Margot heads for the Pyrenees

with Antonio (r) in March

with Antonio (r) and Tony in March

Sometimes, people do the most incredible things.

I have skiied with my friend Antonio Henriquez a few times over the years. Antonio is a partner at international law firm, Clifford Chance and is based in Spain. He is a softly-spoken, understated gentleman. And a real competitor.

When we were last together in Italy earlier this year, he first mentioned Transpyr 2015 to me. 

Antonio did so in a deliberate way, but he didn’t make a big deal about it. As I understood, there was a cycling event later this year which he was going to do. He said that he wanted to do it in the name of Team Margot & mentioned that it was important to him since he cannot be a bone marrow donor (because of a medical condition he had as a teenager, which makes him ineligible) and he really wanted to do something to help.

Team Margot Transpyr 2015 Jersey

Team Margot Transpyr 2015 Jersey

imageI hadn’t heard of Transpyr and until just the other day, and I must confess that I hadn’t really understood what it was all about.

It turns out that Transpyr is an unbelievably arduous cycling challenge across the Pyrenees, covering a distance of 800 KM from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic via the southern Pyrenees, with approximately 18,000 m of accumulated climbing, over the course of a week. 

It’s an astonishing physical challenge to attempt.

And yet, on Sunday, Antonio and his friend Rafael Valle-Trabadelo will be setting off on Transpyr, cycling in the name of Team Margot, amongst around 300 other riders.

riders1To give you some idea, here’s a promotional video:

We all wish you & Rafa the best of luck Antonio ! Travel safely and we look forward to hearing how you get on !

What a week !

Team Margot
Together, saving lives

Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)

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