At the end of last month, seven teams descended on Herne Hill Velodrome in south-east London to compete in a series of trials on the track where Sir Bradley Wiggins trained as a youth.

Valad cycling event

The event saw teams from Valad, BGVA, DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield, Assael Architecture, Argent LLP and Crofton Design compete across four disciplines, with participants ranging from dedicated track cyclists to first-timers.

Valad cycling event

However, while doubtless an enjoyable way to spend a Friday afternoon, the event also had a serious purpose: to raise money to help working and street children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

The competition was organised by and on behalf of ChildHope, a charity founded in 1989 that works to improve the lives of children living on the streets in Africa, Asia and South America. In total, the 32 participants raised £4,500 for the charity.

Speaking to Property Week at the event, Simon Marriott, head of UK real estate at Valad, which sponsored the event, described ChildHope as “a great charity; this is a great event for us
to support”.

As his team received its induction from the velodrome’s staff, Marriott also waxed lyrical about the rise of cycling as the property industry’s favoured sport.

“Cycling is the new golf,” he said. “We’re a very cycle-centric company. Everyone likes to cycle, from the chief executive downwards. We’re very happy to be here.”

Child Hope


  1. 1 Bilfinger GVA
  2. 2 Argent LLP
  3. 3 DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield
  4. 4 Assael Architecture
  5. 5 Valad
  6. 6 Crofton Design
  7. 7 Crofton Design


Sprint Race1st 2nd 3rd 
RiderRupert ParkerRob KemloSam Logan
CompanyBGVAArgent LLPDTZ/Cushman & Wakefield


Scratch 11st 2nd 3rd 
RiderRupert ParkerSam LoganRoss Danmayr
Company BGVA DTZ/Cushman & WakefieldAssael 


Scratch 21st 2nd 3rd 
RiderToby FrosselLisa GunnSimon Lockwood


Valad Australian Pursuit1st 2nd  3rd 
RiderMike CookSam LoganRupert Parker
Company BGVADTZ/Cushman & WakefieldBGVA


Team Pursuit 20151st 2nd 3rd 
CompanyBGVAArgent LLPValad