Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Transport and Logistics Triumph in Another Great European 'Bike Off' Challenge

Thousands Raised for Charity as Cyclists Go To it Again
Shipping News Feature

UK – IRELAND – Executives from the transport and logistics industry pedalled more than 330 kilometres across Wales and Ireland this weekend, conquering hills and negotiating steep descents, and in doing so, raised £53,000 for international development charity, Transaid. Money raised from the event will provide vital unrestricted funds towards Transaid’s projects, improving the lives of people in Africa by implementing emergency transport systems and expanding access to healthcare and livelihoods.

The 30 riders set off on Friday, 18 September from Carmarthen, covering the shortest distance of the three days, to finish in Fishguard and catch a ferry to the port town of Rosslare, Ireland. Day two saw the group travelling 120km from Wexford to Carlow, with a short stop in Bunclody beside the River Slaney.

The final day’s ride on Sunday took the challengers 130km through areas of outstanding natural beauty, including Glendalough – or ‘valley of the two lakes’ as it is otherwise known – and the stunning Wicklow Mountains National Park, which saw the group contending with steep gradients and pouring rain. The group finished the cycle at Dublin’s Trinity College before enjoying a well-deserved celebratory meal in the city.

Sponsored by uTrack, a management software provider for the bus and coach industry, the event included participants from companies including Arthur J Gallagher, Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Centrad, Clipper Group, Delin Capital, ITSO, Malcolm Logistics, Transaid, uTrack, Wolseley UK, XPO Logistics and XPO Transport Services. Gary Forster, CEO of Transaid, said:

“Cycling 350km across hilly Welsh and Irish countryside is no mean feat and I would like to congratulate the riders on their determination and for making this year’s European ride such a success. It was great to see some familiar faces back for another year and to welcome new riders who were looking for a challenge and to raise funds for such a worthy cause.”

Rest assured for those who missed any of this year’s challenges, Transaid have already announced its next adventure, this time taking you through South Africa. If you are interested in joining this next cycle challenge, Cycle South Africa in March 2017, please email events@transaid.org for more details.