Tour de Bristol

Total Produce

Tour de Bristol has been generously sponsored by Total Produce since 2016. The Total Produce team not only support the event financially (meaning that more of your sponsorship money goes directly to patient care),  but they also provide riders with beautiful fruit at the event itself.

Ahead of the ride, we spoke to Regional Director Nick Matthews to find out a bit more about Total Produce.



Get to know Total Produce

Q. Tell us more about Total Produce – how long have you been operating in Bristol?

Total Produce is Europe’s premier fresh produce provider. Growing, sourcing, importing, packaging, distributing and marketing over 200 lines of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, the Total Produce group distributes some 300 million cartons of fresh produce to the retail, wholesale, foodservice and processing sectors across Europe and North America annually.

We have been operating in Bristol since 1957 and now employ over 160 people in our Wholesale and Foodservice businesses based in the Wholesale Fruit Centre in St Phillips Marsh supplying fresh produce daily to customers across the South West. 

Q. Why did you want to sponsor the St Peter’s Hospice Tour de Bristol bike ride again in 2022?

This is our seventh consecutive year being involved with the Tour de Bristol. Our colleagues absolutely love being involved on the day, whether they are participating in the rides themselves or manning the feed stations. Not only do we get to meet the amazing participants but also some of the inspirational volunteers that support the hospice on a regular basis, and hear the stories behind their involvement with the hospice.

As an employer that has traded in the city since 1957 we feel that it’s always important to give something back to your local community and with St Peter's Hospice having cared for two of our colleagues previously and my wife’s uncle in late 2014, it’s a charity with which we have very strong links. Our own experiences of the charity make us fully aware of the great work the Hospice carries out and the fact that it’s a local charity supporting local people.

Q. What do you hope the bike ride will achieve?

We hope the bike ride will encourage people from across Bristol and the surrounding areas to get outside, have some fun and enjoy the great open spaces our great city has to offer - all while raising vital funds for the hospice.

Q. What fruit or vegetable do you think is currently overlooked by most customers?

In the days of food fashions and superfoods I think the humble apple is sometimes overlooked - there are some fantastic varieties available. They are a great source of fibre as well as Vitamins A and C and not too high in sugars - so pop one in your lunchbox now!

Q. What should our riders be eating prior to the race to give them the most energy?

Any fruit would be a good source of energy before the race but I am sure the favourite is going to be bananas. Not only do they come in their own handy packaging but bananas are packed with natural sugars and starches, providing a mixture of instant and slow release energy.

Q. And finally if you could be any fruit what fruit would you be?

I’d probably be a strawberry as they’re my wife’s favourite… just like me!

TLD Cycles

TLD Cycles are a bicycle repair store based in Stokes Croft, Bristol

As a repairs and servicing business, TLD Cycles exists to make cycling rewarding and affordable. Maximise your enjoyment of cycling with a well maintained bike and in return you’ll see the benefits of body, mind and planet. A fitting way to raise money for St Peter's Hospice.

Why are you supporting St Peter's Hospice?

St Peter's Hospice offered support for my grandad in his final days. I'll be honest and say until Bamp's went to the Hospice I had no idea about them or of the work they do. To this day I can't help but still feel so grateful and privileged that such much care, love and attention was given to what was a complete stranger to them. He meant the world to us and not once did we feel uneasy. It was like being with a second family, I could most likely write an essay but we've training to do! We'll never forget, only cherish.

That was 6 years ago now we used the hospice services and I've the opportunity to do something in return. When times seem hard, remember why you signed up for the ride, remember the loved ones, the staff who helped them and the difference your ride and sponsorship will make. You might be a complete beginner or an elite cyclist - but just like the Hospice we're one big family coming together to do our part.

TLD Cycles