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Parkinson’s Pedallers – Pauillac to La Livinière: 12th – 16th June 2017

 

GrpoutsideFergus Henderson (middle) with Jim, Carole Macintyre and Max Poynter Hall
Fergus has had Parkinson’s since 1998

Group inside

Fishy riders
A fishy perspective 

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Lafite – le départ…

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… jusqu’a Cru La Livinière, Minervois 

From one famous cru to another: Pauillac to La Livinière
Our challenge is to cycle from Pauillac, close to the Atlantic coast, to La Livinière in the Minervois, not very far from Mediterranean – a distance of roughly 500 km, just over 300 miles!

Pauillac is the home of some of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards – Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild. Our destination is La Livinière where we will, hopefully, catch the Boulevard Napoléon Fête du Vin, celebrating the wine of Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver, co-founders and co-owners of London’s St John Restaurant. The wine is made from their vineyards high up in the hills of the Minervois.

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Fergus Henderson & Trevor Gulliver’s vines high up in the hills of the Minervois

It was at last year’s wonderful Fete du Vin at La Livinière that we came up with the idea of doing a charity ride and Fergus, who has had Parkinson’s since 1998, was the inspiration for selecting Parkinson’s UK as our chosen charity. Fergus is a well-known and highly regarded British chef and author of The Whole Beast: Nose to tail eating, which explains his philosophy and provides some of his innovative recipes that make use of all parts of the animal.

Another inspiration for our ride is a long-time friend of ours, Ivor Morris, who was a very able and keen racing cyclist and founder of the London Fire Brigade Cycling Club. It was Ivor who first inspired us to take up serious cycling and get into time trialling in the late seventies and the eighties. Ivor died in early January 2008 after suffered from Parkinson’s for many years. We have very fond memories of dropping down to Ivor’s to watch the short snippets of news on the Tour de France, long before it became a popular spectator sport.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is as yet no known cure although there are hopes of a breakthrough in the near future. Parkinson’s UK plays a very important role in supporting and promoting research and driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s.

To date the full-time cyclists for the whole distance are Jim Budd and Carole Macintyre. We have the invaluable support of Lynda Maple who will drive the support car, carry our gear and, if necessary, rescue us en route! We are delighted that at least one brave soul, Max Poynter Hall from St John Restaurant, will be joining us for one stage of the journey. We are looking for others!

Why not give it a go for a great cause? Contact us by emailing budmac@btinternet.com

Route
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Pauillac,+France/34210+La+Livini%C3%A8re,+France/@44.1999911,-1.4930308,7z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x4801cf6143b8dc53:0x40665174816ddb0!2m2!1d-0.746212!2d45.199585!1m5!1m1!1s0x12b1c4df8992621f:0x4078821166ac640!2m2!1d2.637515!2d43.315257!3e1

Virgin Giving site – every donation makes a difference!
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ParkinsonsPedalers

Jim’s Loire
http://jimsloire.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/raising-money-to-combat-parkinsons.html

Parkinson’s UK
https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.

Although there are increasing effective treatments, there’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet know fully why people get the condition. (See Luke’s comments below.)

But there are lots of different treatmentstherapies and support available to help you manage the condition as well as continuing research.


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Shorts – NZ tasting + St John

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Yesterday was the annual New Zealand London tasting. I spent a little over an hour there as I find large generic tastings increasingly uncongenial – must be a sign of reaching middle age, I suppose …….

Anyway I did spend enough time at the tasting to discover the wines of Clos Marguerite, a small producer in Marlborough. As the name might indicate this 10-hectare vineyard has close links with a French speaking country – not France but Belgium. It is owned and run by Jean-Charles Van Hove and Marguerite Dubois from Belgium where they married and then set off to New Zealand to seek their fortune – or rather establish their own vineyard.

In 1998 they bought 10 hectares in the Awatere Valley, the most southernly part of Marlborough and most enclosed valley. It wasn’t until 2000 that they started to plant.See here. In the meantime Jean-Charles worked as wine-maker for a number of NZ companies. See here.

 

 

There were three Clos Marguerite wines to taste – 2016 and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2012 Pinot Noir. I was impressed by the nicely restrained 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – the 2015 is a little more opulent but still attractive. Equally I liked the quite bricky coloured 2012 Pinot Noir with its silky texture, delicacy and length. The wines are distributed in the UK by Clark Foyster.

 

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Isabelle Clark and Lance Foyster MW

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Diane Cauvin, Château Colombière, Fronton

On Saturday we were invited to join St John Restaurant‘s annual growers lunch, which was a great opportunity to taste many of the wines on the restaurant’s list, meet the growers and enjoy a long lunch – we could get addicted to this. Above are two of the growers, whose wines we particularly liked and who were present at the lunch – Diane from Fronton and Sophie from Bandol.

CRM and I are planning a charity ride from Pauillac to La Livinière in the Minervois where Trevor Gulliver and Fergus Henderson, the owners of St John, have a vineyard. The ride will be to raise money for a Parkinson’s charity as Fergus has had this disease for some time. We will be riding in June to coincide with Fergus and Trevor’s annual Fête des Vins in La Livinière. More details to follow.

Jim Budd