A team of 40 riders drawn from across the transport and logistics sector have completed a 187-mile cycle ride from London to Paris to raise funds for Transaid’s work in sub-Saharan Africa, which is focused on improving road safety and access to health for rural communities.
Upon reaching the French capital on the 24th September the group had already raised more than £65,000 before costs, with fresh sponsorships still coming in. This has been aided by generous funding from headline sponsor uTrack Software, and support sponsor DP World.
The adventure began on Friday 22th September with a 65-mile ride from London’s Greenwich Observatory to Newhaven, where the riders boarded a ferry bound for Dieppe. On Saturday they rode 70 miles to Beauvais, and despite using mostly dedicated cycle paths they collectively suffered 20 punctures in a single day, before the final 54-mile push on Sunday to reach the Eiffel Tower.
“This has been an incredible way to mark our silver jubilee, and a massive thank you goes to everyone who either jumped in the saddle to support us, or who sponsored one of the riders. Once again we’ve shown how the industry comes together to support Transaid, raising vital unrestricted funds which will help us to save more lives through our vital road safety and access to healthcare projects.”
Florence Bearman, Transaid’s Head of Fundraising
The riders this year represented 15 firms from across the transport and logistics industry, including Abbey Logistics Group, Backhouse Jones, Dawson Group, DVV Media, EORI, Fagan & Whalley, GXO, IVECO, Malcolm Group, Michelin, Microlise, PF Whitehead and PMMS Consultancy. Several riders closely associated with the industry also took part in a personal capacity.
This year’s ride marked the third time uTrack Software has been the headline sponsor for a Transaid Cycle Challenge and look forward to continuing to support Transaid in the future.