GEARING UP FOR BLOODWISE UK – LONDON TO PARIS
Joseph Fitzsimmons, Associate Director at Eddisons, part of the Building & Project Consultancy team, is preparing for his next cycling challenge.
Hosted by Everlast Group, a valued partner of Eddisons, Joseph will join six seasoned cyclists on the four-day ride which will commence on 19th September 2019.
Fighting for a cause close to his heart – Joe lost his father-in-law to cancer one month ago – he is embarking on this gruelling journey to raise money for Bloodwise UK, the UK’s leading blood cancer research charity.
The physically demanding route requires months of preparation as it will test the body for physical endurance and require patience as the riders soar through the cobbled streets of London and through the iconic Parisian landmark of the Champs-Élysées.
Joseph said: “I’m expecting my biggest challenge over the four days to be the terrain variances as we ride over the bumpy hills of Dover and across the flat land in Paris.
“As I’ll be cycling as part of a peloton, the average speed is 14 mph, so this will be a challenge to maintain in unfamiliar territory, but I intend to cycle until the finish line.”
In preparation for the event which will see the riders cycle over 100km a day, Joseph has taken up an extended cycling route to work made up of over 30 miles.
He added: “To train my body for the physical pressure, I’ve been cycling 100 miles a week, scaling the hills of Yorkshire in preparation for the event.
“The ambitious goal of cycling to Paris will be an unforgettable and worthwhile experience as we aim to raise £14,000 to fight the third biggest cancer killer through Bloodwise”.
Good luck to Joseph Fitzsimmons and all involved.
To support the 500km cycling challenge and make a donation to Bloodwise UK, previously known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, visit the Just Giving fundraising page.
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Joseph is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over ten years’ experience working within the Project Management and Building Surveying sectors. Further to acquiring his BSc (Hons) at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004, he later worked towards chartered status with the RICS in 2013.
Working more recently with Mace and Amey, Joseph has undertaken various roles as project manager, contract administrator and employers' agent. Positioned within the consultancy divisions, Joseph delivered free schools across London and acted as technical advisor to the Education Funding Authority. In addition, he completed a variety of refurbishment schemes to high profile property on behalf of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea Borough councils.
Experienced in working in both the private and public sectors, Joseph is well versed with the RIBA Plan of works, CDM Regulations, Building Regulations (England & Wales), British Standards and JCT forms of contracts. He has also managed and co-ordinated long-term planned maintenance budgets and undertaken pre-acquisition and schedules of condition on behalf of clients across the Yorkshire and Humber Region.
His interests include playing football, cycling and exploring new cultures and he is a keen skier and scuba diver when the opportunity arises.