The Hall of Fame is where we get to remember some of the best fundraisers we've had!
We have four jerseys and here is how you can have the chance to wear it on the day of the ride:
- Yellow jersey: overall top fundraiser on the day before the ride
- Polka jersey: leading fundraiser two months before the ride
- Green jersey: first person to raise over £1,000 in sponsorship
- White jersey: top fundraiser under the age of 36
Yellow Jersey (2016)
Gary Evans on what he remembers most about the ride:
“The emotions during and after the ride. As someone who has had prostate cancer, the emotional side is overwhelming: tears running down my cheeks when we cross the line, waiting for the other finishers, cheering everyone across the line... the way Prostate Cancer UK has harnessed the spirit of the riders - touched by the disease or not - makes everyone give 110%. The Grand Depart is not a sportive: it's like a massive family ride from the moment we meet to board the ferry to the time we get back in our cars.”
Green Jersey (2016)
Trevor Coxon on what he remembers most from the ride:
"My favourite moment was on that first GDC in 2016. Waiting on the start line, dressed in that first Green Jersey with the iconic backdrop of the Abbey at Mont St. Michel behind me - it doesn't get much better than that for a prostate cancer survivor. Two years post-op, and there I was at the start line of the longest cycle ride I'd ever done - and all to raise funds to help others diagnosed with this disease."
Ben & Tony Ridding
White & Polka Dot (2017)
The Father and Son Duo on what they remember most:
"Riding with my father at a time when he was given a terminal diagnosis and a short life expectancy. Cancer seemed an unbeatable mountain. Completing the 120 odd miles (he set out to achieve 60 miles) gave me a boost to morale, a lust for living, a goal to stay healthy and a sense of achievement that can’t be put into words."
"The reason we wanted the white and polka dot shirts was to highlight Ben, white and free of cancer, and me with the red dots symbolising the stage 4 PC in my lymph system."
Yellow Jersey (2018)
What does Paul remember most from the ride?
"My proudest moment was receiving the yellow jersey, and turning round to see the whole room on their feet applauding me - and thinking "I wish my late Father could see this." He was the reason I decided to ride the Grand Depart in the first place to raise money, as he passed away from prostate cancer and I was then also diagnosed."
Polka Dot Jersey (2018)
What is John's best memory for his winning year?
"Everyone I have approached had been so generous, and the fundraising far exceeded my expectations. I had a lump in my throat at the briefing before the event, when they shouted my name to get the polka dot top for second highest fundraiser - and after that, there was no way I was going to not finish the event despite thinking I couldn't!"
Green Jersey (2018)
What does John remember most from the Grand Depart Classic?
"A toss up between the meals at the hotel and general camaraderie with all the cyclists, or the day itself, cycling through some of the towns and villages to see the Tour de France memorabilia and decorations in place.
The larger of the two is just prior to the start, and the second as I crossed the start. As it was the football World Cup, I managed to get a French car flag from one of the stores and adapted it for the back of the bike and ‘flew’ it through the 188 miles. Raising money prior to the event, I promoted that I would wear pink shoes on the day - so that explains the odd attire."