Transaid riders return to the roads to raise £30,000
Last weekend we were delighted to be back in the saddle with our supporters, on the first Transaid cycle ride since 2018.
On Friday 24th September and Saturday 25th September, a team of more than 30 riders from across the transport and logistics industry completed the 170-mile ‘Way of the Roses’ challenge, cycling from Morecambe, Lancashire to Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, to raise money for our programmes.
So far, our cyclists have raised an estimated £30,000 to support our life-saving work to improve road safety and access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. The ride was made possible thanks to our sponsors in the transport and logistics industry, including lead sponsor UK Warehousing Association, and bronze sponsors PF Whitehead, Stanley Travel, and TRS Tyres.
Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid, and one of the riders taking part in the event, said: “We have been waiting a long time to get back in the saddle for one of our cycle challenges, and after having to cancel several events during the pandemic, it was fantastic to finally be back on our bikes and raising money.
“A huge thank you to everyone who took part; particularly for smashing our fundraising expectations, and for the true grit and determination shown on the steep ascent between Settle and Brimham Rocks!”
The cyclists taking part represented around 20 firms from across the industry, including ABE Ledbury, Alpine Travel, Backhouse Jones, BigChange, Bowker Group, Burton’s Biscuit Company, DHL Supply Chain, Goodyear, Go South Coast, Innovate 360, Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel, LDH (La Doria), Leica Biosystems, Marks & Spencer, PF Whitehead Logistics, Stanley Travel North East, TRS Tyres, Xpediator PLC and Z-Tech Control Systems.
We are now looking forward to our return to international challenges with Cycle Malawi 2022, which will see a team of more than 40 riders cover around 500km over five days, taking in the stunning Lake Malawi, Mount Mulanje, Liwonde National Park and the Zomba Plateau. 44 riders have already signed up, with just a handful of places still remaining. Revised dates for the event – postponed from 2021 – will be announced soon.