It was the ultimate test. 3 Grand Tours, 10,760km of cycling and 133,000m of climbing through 7 countries in 63 days. But they did it - Geoff Thomas, Hayden Groves, Doug McKinnon and James Maltin became the first amateur team to complete the Giro D'Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta one day ahead of the professionals raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Cure Leukaemia in the process.
But the fundraising doesn't stop there. National Chef of the Year in 2013, Hayden Groves may have already passed his £50,000 target but over the last 6 months he has worked tirelessly off the bike to create a truly unique cookbook, Back in The Saddle, with food, images and stories from the epic 3 Tours Challenge.
The 288 page coffee table book created by Face Publications has been kindly supported by BaxterStorey so that 100% of the sales will go directly to Cure Leukaemia, an incredibly generous gesture, which hopes to see Hayden’s fundraising contribution surpasses the £100,000 mark. Featuring a recipe inspired by each stage of the three Tours route through Italy, France and Spain - the book also includes contributions from the Laura Kenny, the most successful female track cyclist in Olympic history, two-star Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr, and Phil Liggett, professional cycling commentator and long-time voice of the Tour de France.
Priced at just £30 (+P&P), the book is limited to only 2,000 copies and we are giving you the exclusive opportunity to pre-order your guaranteed copy. Whether it's one copy to add to your cookbook collection, several for that thoughtful ‘feel good’ christmas gift or 100 copies to treat employees at your workplace, click on the link below to secure your copy today.
Here's a sneak peak of what to expect...
"Back in the Saddle, you could say is a little different, a homogenous mix of food, stories and amazing cycling photography by Dave Hayward.
This isn’t a collection of my favourite recipes from a 27-year career, so don’t expect to see restaurant dishes that take a brigade of 8 chefs, 3 days to help prepare and cook.
I’ve avoided fantasy ingredients that you can’t find this side of Rungis market; the 63 dishes were inspired by the route and each stage of the three grand tours, a cycling food journey of over 10,700km that started on May 4th in Sardina and finished in Madrid on the 10th September.
I’ve taken the long road, excuse the pun, these dishes are accessible to the home cook but deliver on a taste that would certainly grace any top restaurant menu, all the ingredients are available from most good supermarkets, butchers or food markets.
It's simple, delicious, regional food driven by the terroir and I’ve researched, practiced and refined so that you can make them at home, but I can truthfully say each one has been selected no matter how simple to offer true deliciousness."
‘The best food comes from the heart’ - Hayden Groves
WATCH: Geoff Thomas speaks to Palace TV about the gruelling 3 Tours Challenge and his teammates
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017