Bike Back Derby has a new mechanic! We are happy to welcome Nick to the team and are excited about what he can bring to the role of Bike Back mechanic. Nick has also taken on the teaching role for the enrichment programme at Derby College, the students think he’s great too! We now have 23 students who have completed the course and are eager to get the next batch started on their bikes.
We have had more successful Dr Bike sessions around Derby and have provided more bikes to help people without income access work and training. Our mechanics are ensuring there is a steady supply of suitable bikes but we could always do with more, so if you have any to donate please bring them down!
We ran our first Access maintenance class which went well and are gearing up for our first Build-a-Bike session at the end of June. There are still places available through Sustrans and we are always looking for more people to teach the joys of fixing up bikes. From this August, we will also be offering maintenance courses for the general public - dates listed here.
The Sophie Cycle riders completed their 94 miles from Melbourne to Cambridge ahead of time and with minimal eventful incidents. The bikes we provided them made it all the way and looked great too! So far they have managed to raise over £6000 for Anthony Nolan, a charity that finds bone marrow donors for those who need them. This is in memory of their friend Dr Sophie who died from a rare blood disorder at the age of 26. The route was between her home town of Melbourne and her college in Cambridge. Donations are still open so visit their website.
Check out the great video and photos from the ride! Well done to the 33 riders, we’ll be keeping an eye out for you next year!