Here at Sage, 29 of our cycling fanatics have taken to the saddle riding over 700 miles from Purley to Paris, and then on to Alpe d’Huez to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Cancer Research UK is our charity of choice because it affects so many lives. Over the past six years we’ve donated over £265,000 to the charity through both corporate donations and charity fundraising. Now our cyclists are hoping to be able to raise even more with this unique bike ride and have already raised over £14,700.
Plans for the ride were hatched last year after a charity ride from Newcastle to Paris, which raised £25,000. This was such as a success that the team wanted to do something even bigger and more challenging this year.
So, 29 riders will take to the saddle, all riding to Paris and 16 of them heading on to Alpe d’Huez finishing next Wednesday at our office in Grenoble.
Preparing for the ride
Sorting logistics for such a mammoth ride is also a big job and the riders will be accompanied by a support vehicle which will carry their kit. They’ll be taking everything from waterproofs to sun cream and spare tyres to bottled water to make sure they’re ready for all weathers and every eventuality.
They’ve also drawn on the expertise of the Cycle Centre in Newcastle who serviced all the bikes for the riders before they set off.
The riders will spend a grueling 10 to 15 hours in the saddle every day and the route will take them via Dover, Calais and Amiens. They’ll stop off in Paris where some of the riders will end their 300 mile ride. After getting back in the saddle at Paris they’ll be going via Auxerre and Chalon-sur-Saone before arriving in Grenoble ready to start the mammoth climb up Alpe d’Huez.
Cancer Research Flame of Hope Awards
Joanne Evans from Cancer Research UK says: “We’re bowled over by the commitment and support we get from Sage and over the past six years they’ve donated over £265,000 to us which is absolutely brilliant. They are constantly raising money and this fundraising ride is a clear example of how Sage and its people really are prepared to go that extra mile to support us here at Cancer Research UK.
“That’s why they deserve a ‘Special Commendation’ as Corporate Community Supporter of the Year 2013 in our ‘Flame of Hope Awards’.”
The bike ride is part of our annual Sage Day fundraising extravaganza and has already raised over £14,700 for Cancer Research UK – with an overall target of £20,000. If you’d like to make a donation, visit our JustGiving page to make your donation and you can follow the teams’ progress on Twitter using the hashtag #sagecycle
Leigh Thompson, CSR Team