Colliers Retail Capital Markets team complete the Arch-to-Arc 24-hour cycle challenge

An intrepid team of 13, comprising directors from global real estate advisor, Colliers International and some brave clients, have completed an “Arch to Arc” 24-hour cycle challenge from Marble Arch, London, to Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

James Watson, Head of Retail Capital Markets at Colliers International, commented: “A few of us had previously completed the ride on a more leisurely basis over a number of days and we thought it would be fun to spice it up a bit. Fortunately, we managed to persuade some like-minded clients to join us and it was a lot of fun.” 

The cyclists set off from Marble Arch, London, at 3.30pm on Thursday 31 May and arrived at 3.28pm the next day, covering a total of 300km. 

The first leg of the challenge was a 100km cycle directly south from Marble Arch to Newhaven, where the team then boarded an overnight ferry. Arriving at Dieppe at 5am the following morning, they then continued cycling further south, covering the final 200km of the journey and arriving at the final destination, Arc de Triomphe with only minutes to spare after a delay caused by an unscheduled meeting between client and agent just outside Paris which resulted in a buckled wheel and some impressive grazing.

Colliers International participants included:

James Watson, Head of Retail Capital Markets at Colliers International
Andrew Marshall, Director, Retail Capital Markets at Colliers International
Giles Roberts, Director, Retail Capital Markets at Colliers International
Toby Nicholson, Head of Build-to-Rent at Colliers International
David Fox, Co-Head Retail Agency at Colliers International
Rob Hayes, Director & Co-Head, Central London

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Toby Nicholson


London - West End

Toby joined Colliers International in 2015 to expand the Build to Rent capability on opportunities across the UK. Toby is a Chartered Surveyor with over 15 years of property and residential specific experience. He has benefited from working at King Sturge/ JLL but also has spent time client side and gained unique experience on appraising sites/ income producing assets for acquisition and disposal, as well as planning and build to rent management.

A significant proportion of Toby’s work at Colliers International is focused around advising clients on the valuation, appraisal, disposal and acquisition of various Build to rent specific and mixed use development opportunities.

Toby’s client side experience means that he is well placed to provide consultancy advice from an  investor perspective, particularly when negotiating the disposal or acquisition of opportunities.

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David Fox

Co-Head of Retail Agency

London - West End

 I am a former partner at BCL and have specialised in retail property in the Midlands ,North ,Scotland and Northern Ireland throughout my career.
Within my role as Co Head of UK Retail Agency  I have responsibility for our retail coverage in Birmingham,Leeds ,Manchester ,Glasgow and Edinburgh , and continue to build relationships with new and existing clients. 

Over my career I have advised a wide number of retail occupiers in their proprty strategies including DixonsCarphone, Boux Avenue , Hotel Chocolat , Costa and  Oliver Bonas.

I have advised a  range of investors , institutions and property companies in respect of their assets across the country , including shopping centres, high streets , transport hubs and retail parks. 

In an ever changing market  my experience has extended into asset management roles in respect of compromised shopping centres on behalf of recovery specialists and  lenders. The repurposing and regeneration of town centres and shopping centres  is an area of particular interest and  the focus of my team and colleagues.  as our industry rises to the challenge     set by change.



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Rob Hayes

Director & Co-Head

London - West End

I was a founding partner of H2SO before it was acquired by Colliers International in 2014 and have been a specialist in the Central London property market for more than 20 years.

I moved from Morgan Grenfell Laurie to Richard Ellis in 1991. Having worked in office agency until 1999, I then moved into investment and subsequently ran the market-leading west end investment team at CBRE as an Executive Director. From 2008, I took responsibility for the entire West End Business Team as well as becoming a member of the Central London Board.

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