We are delighted to report that after being put on hold due to lockdown, our long-time collaborator Lord Burlington and his team of six, have completed their sponsored cycle ride of 208 miles raising over £17,000 for Foundation Derbyshire.
It took just 17 hours for Lord Burlington and his team to cycle right around the Derbyshire Country boundary. All members of the team flew the flag for Derbyshire including; University of Derby Professor Andy Hooton, the Assistant Chief Constable of Derby Constabulary Paul Gibson, Alison Fovargue, Michael Kirkland and world record-breaking endurance cyclist and mental health campaigner, Derbyshire man Leigh Timmis.
The team completed the mammoth journey beginning in Sud at 4 am and travelling at an average speed of 15.5mph. Making a total ascent equivalent to half the height of Mount Everest the team powered through stopping only for sustenance at local eateries and a radio interview. Even a fallen tree across the road didn’t stop them with the team climbing through!
To get ready for the ride Lord Burlington worked with the University of Derby’s Human Performance Unit which provides sports sciences services to teams and athletes while Derby-based Huub designed and provided the team with bespoke jerseys.
Foundation Derbyshire, who have made over £14 million of grants to support community projects, has been a long-time contributor to our Bike Back scheme in Derby. Our community bike recycling project works with men from local prisons to refurbish used bikes and sells them on at affordable prices. Working with Foundation Derbyshire has helped us to support key workers during Covid-19 by providing free bikes and servicing.
Lord Burlington said:
“I have been overwhelmed by the support from donors and well-wishers. As I cycled around the county, it gave me time to reflect on all the amazing work that Foundation Derbyshire is doing throughout every village and town, and just how vital the voluntary sector is in society today – especially in this time of such uncertainty”.
Life Cycle would like to thank Lord Burlington and Foundation Derbyshire for their support for our Bike Back project.