Team Oggy was formed in memory of
Dean “Oggy” Ogden and raises much needed funds for a local cancer charity that helps all people affected by cancer.
The “Team” is so much more than just a few people getting together for a ride, we offer each other support in all aspects of life and training. We are a family, supportive of everyone, inclusive and diverse but most of all we have fun!
If you would like to join our team please get in touch… ego’s need not apply!
We always accept sponsorship for challenges that we embark on and are happy to have sponsrship from companies that would like to offer their support to us to allow us to take on these challenges.
If you would like to know more about our charity and how to support us click on the link below.
2022 saw three members of Team Oggy take on a new kind of challenge, a Triathlon!
An Olympic distance event comprising of a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run was completed by all three members in under three hours.
The training was tough and arduous with each member struggling with a different aspect of the events, so when all three of the team finished within a couple of minutes of each other it was testament to the effort put in by them.
The support on home turf was amazing, we had a great turn out from team members, supporters and family.
“The Hell of the North”
Early on a cold spring morning in Northern France a team of six Team Oggy riders embarked on an arduous one day classic monument ride from Busigny, a small town just outside of Paris to the renowed velodrome in Roubaix.
The route takes in the French countryside through the cobbled “pavé” roads betweeen their fields.
At a length of 172km with 54km of cobblestones split into 28 differnet sections of difficulty the physical and mental strength to endure this type of punishment on a bike is not replicated in any other cycling event.
Each section is graded on length and difficulty in traversing the cobbles.
The most infamous sections of pavé are on Trouée d’Arenberg (2.3km), Mons-en-Pévèle (3km) and Carrefore de l’Arbre (2.1km) all are graded at 5 stars!
The second challenge taken on by the team in 2018 was a return to the Alps to take on more classic climbs of the Tour de France.
The trip took in some amazing routes with stunning scenery and epic mountain climbs including a brutal climb over the Col du Télégraphe and on to the summit of the Col du Galibier which has a combimned length of 18km and tops out at a height of 2645m.
At that height oxygen deprevation starts to have an effect on the body and the climb becomes harder with every metre gained up the Galibier.
The trip wasn’t just about this climb though, it took in many other climbs and routes around the Valloire region.
A “Ziggy Zaggy” ride up the amazingly quirky and astonishing Les Lacets de Mont Vernier and a leg burning rest day ride up to the ski resort of Les Karellis made up two of the more challenging and enjoyable rides during our trip and was topped off on the Col de la Madelaine - 26.3km long, 2000m high and an average gradient of 6.2% which is one of the most scenic routes we have ever done.
In 2017 the founding members of Team Oggy embarked on their first challenge.
They took on 3 of the most iconic, hardest climbs of the Tour de France.
Mont Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez & Col de la Croix de Fer.
Mont Ventoux was first to be conquered. A formidable task in the world of cycling which has seen many epic battles, tragedy and wins.
Standing at 1912m above sea level with a distance of 21.4km at an average gradient of 7.6% it is categorised as HC (Haute Category - “beyond categorisation”) all of which lends itself perfectly to be known as “The Beast of Provence”
Next was probably the most iconic and one of the most ridden routes of the TDF - Alpe d'Huez
The 21 hairpins to the ski resort was first climbed in the TDF in 1952 and has seen regular repeat visits over the years.
It is 13.9km long and climbs 1118m vertically at an average gradient of 8%.
And finally, the Col de la Croix de Fer. Once again it gets HC status for its 37km long ascent to a height of 2067m and an average gradient of 5.4% (although this does not do the climb justice as there are some negative drops in elevation on the route which affect this average).
The Croix de Fer does not dissapoint and is an absolute monster to climb… the reward… one of the best descents back down a valley!!