Abby Lacey

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Be afraid, be very afraid

#TeamBadInfluences is back – and they’re bigger, badder and better!

After last year’s London to Brighton, the #TeamBadInfluences girls really got the cycling bug and wanted to go bigger, and stronger so on 25 June, we’re taking part in Davina McCall’s Big Sussex Bike Ride.


Last year we lost a couple of team members – Ruth, who ended up having a¬†hip replacement – poor excuse ūüėČ and Sara who, last April, suffered a Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) leak which took months to heal. Both Ruth and Sara are back with a vengance though and raring to get going!

Unfortunately, we have lost Bryony as she’s done her knee in. Hopefully she’ll be back pedalling soon, or at least being our support team!

So the Team has gone from 8 to 9, which isn’t bad (influences)…

As well as being another challenge, the Team girls are raising money for a fantastic cause, Action Medical Research (AMR), a charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children.

Hundreds of thousands of children’s lives are devastated by disease and disability Рin fact had it not been for AMR, Abby, would not be on her bike today!

So dig deep, peeps, and give all you can to this fabulous cause and keep #TeamBadInfluences on the road for another year:


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London to Reading Bike Ride

Those of you who follow my on social media know how much I go on about cycling and my two rides planned for this year: the London to Reading and London to Brighton, both in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Well last Saturday at 07:00, #TeamBadInfluences’ Katie and I¬†were chauffeured by my wonderful husband, Sam, to¬†Kempton Park Racecourse for our 40-mile ride to Reading.


Fresh-faced, before!

I think it’s fair to say that it wasn’t quite what we’d expected – there were far more normal people there and less ‘elite’ athletes, so we didn’t feel too far from home! We left Kempton just after 08:00 and followed our route through Sunbury, Shepperton, Chertsey and into Virginia Water.


We realised at this point, we really weren’t far from home and that this was pretty easy… low and behold, once we got into our own territory of Waltham St Lawrence, Shurlock Row and¬†Hare Hatch, psychologically, it became a little more difficult. We entered Henley with the knowledge that the worst was yet to come… Harpsden Hill. I faltered at the beginning and asked Katie if she wanted, like so many others ahead to walk; thankfully she said no and we persevered together to the top.

Now we were on the road to home, with only 6 more miles to go. We hit a whopping 32.7mph down Playhatch hill (naughty I know!), and glided into Caversham where we finally, 2 hours and 53 minutes later, found our finish line.


Definitely awake, after!

Pretty pleased with our little ‘warm-up’, now more hill training in preparation from London to Brighton in June!


tbiYou can still sponsor, Katie, me and all of #TeamBadInfluences for this and the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation at:

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#TeamBad Influences (a shameless plug!)

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In October 2015, a group of girls from Twyford, Berkshire, decided over far too many Coronas and Sauv Blancs to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride on 19 June 2016 to raise money for British Heart Foundation.

Within two months, they went from riding around the village in stilettos on their pub bikes to owning the latest hybrids and truly became a gang of MUMILs (Middle-aged Mums in Lycra).

Training has commenced with team talks over beer and wine, and rides broken up with coffee stops, selfies at Windsor Castle, and the odd shout of ‘stop talking and start riding’.

All the girls will finish the ride, in one form or another, but we need your dosh to spur us on!

We appreciate every donation and thank you from the bottom of our padded shorts.

Abby Laceycalais (12)

As part of my #40b440, I challenged myself to take part in a charity bike ride which I completed in August 2015, coming in ladies’ first place. I decided this wasn’t enough and that a real challenge was needed so in my familiar bossy style, I recruited this bunch of gorgeous girls to come with me. Highly competitive, I will scream and scream and scream until I’m sick if I don’t win!

Bryony Blackwelldsc_0026

Having beasted my husband over the years for wearing Lycra, obsessing about bikes, routes and everything else that comes with loving his bikes, I have decided to take part in the London to Brighton bike ride this year to see what the fuss is all about and whether the millions of bikes in our garage are ACTUALLY required!

Caroline Sheridanimg_1454

I’ve signed up for London to Brighton Bike Ride to help me get fitter, raise some money for a very good cause ¬†have lots of fun with my friends and to also justify buying a new bike.

I’ve haven’t done much cycling before, but want to try and get to Brighton in a reasonable time…will set a target nearer the time.

Kate Whitmarshimg_1448

The last time I did a serious bike ride with a team of girls, I was riding a hand me down Denim Raleigh that was covered in Aha stickers and suffering serious envy of my mate’s Grifter! So 30 years later and I am actually planning to ride 54 miles! You will be glad to know I have upgraded my wheels and am surrounded by amazing friends, in this VERY aptly named team! I would love to raise loads of money for this fantastic cause so please think of my suffering backside and sponsor me!

Katie Caldwellpalma 201527

Having taken part in various 10ks and a half marathon I decided it was time for a new challenge (and an excuse to buy a lovely new bike!). After far too many drinks, #TeamBadInfluences was created and now 10 lovely ladies from Twyford, Berkshire will be taking part in the 54 mile London to Brighton Bike Ride on 19th June 2016.  Training has started and all the cycling gear has been purchased so please now help spur us on by sponsoring us and donating to such a worthy cause.

Lucy Brackstoneimg_1449

So we are in the pub drinking sav blanc and a friend says to me, ‘what are you doing on the 19th June?’ I replied nothing and before I knew it I was a participant in the L2B bike ride – Team Bad Influences! Obviously to take part in a bike ride you need a bike, so am now the proud owner of a brand spanking new bike which I really need to start using and train for the event…. which is where you come in. I need your support and encouragement to get myself ‘in the saddle’ and to begin training for this very worthwhile event.

Ruth Beale2015-06-06 22.14.50

I am so not a cyclist! I have not owned a bike since I was a kid…. All that is about to change with drill Sergeant, soon to be 40, Abs in charge. Abs, I’m sure I managed to pass this milestone quietly(ish!). So far, I’ve done a 5 mile test drive on my new 2 wheeled machine and it hurts your bottom; a lot!¬†Bring on the 54 mile challenge!

Sara Wildesara & her carers

Having only ever ridden a bike as a necessity Рto get to work, to go to the shops, to go to the pub I am enjoying the thought of this new challenge Рa 54 mile bike ride! It also has the special bonus that I get to raise money for the  bhf  Heart disease has been a silent killer in my family taking my Grandma and a contributor to my fathers death so I hope by being able to raise some funds for the organisation I can do them both proud.

 Saz Phillipsdsc_0031

Apart from ‘dipping my toes’ last summer (v non competitive ride which still nearly broke me), most of my cycling journeys have been small jaunts into the village & back so this will definitely be a challenge for me. I am resigned to the fact that I will not be able to keep up with some of my more competitive team mates (mentioning no names!!) but am hoping to make it in a reasonableish time, whatever that may be!!

Sinead McDermott dsc_0024

I am a novice cyclist and I still haven’t got a bike! However, I am determined to raise as much money as possible for the BHF and to prove to myself that I can actually cycle to Brighton without killing myself in the process.¬† I am sure my friends in the team will enable me to continue cycling this long road as much as they enable me to be a bad influence, so your money really will be going to a great cause.

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