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Derbados cycle challenge

Derbados cycle challenge

Businesses from across Derbyshire got on their bikes to raise money for Derbyshire Institute of Sport and celebrate the fun and fitness that cycling can bring – and helped raise £2,800.

The Derbados Cycling Challenge was run in partnership with Derbyshire businesses HUUB and Sky Recruitment Solutions; cycling giants Raleigh and the Great British Children’s Challenge. People were asked to complete 10, 20, 50 or 200 miles either individually or as part of a team.

Dean Jackson, founder of HUUB - a world leader in wetsuit, triathlon and cycling apparel pulled together a group of friends, including David Torrington of Sky Recruitment Solutions, who each cycled 200 miles during the month.

A group of less experienced cyclists, calling themselves the Cycling Tortoises and led by Rachel Hayward of Ask The Chameleon, tackled the Tissington Trail.

Someone who went even further, but without leaving her home, was para-athlete Freya Neale from Staveley. Freya was isolating ahead of brain surgery and decided to cycle 200 miles on her turbo trainer static bike. In the end, spurred on by support on social media, she completed an impressive 300 miles before she went into hospital.

MD Chloe Maudsley said:

“We are delighted with the total raised, which beat our original target of £2,000. This money will help our community interest company to support talented and hard-working athletes and sports team players. We are happy to report that Freya’s surgery went well and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to work with our DIS coaches when she has fully recuperated.”

During the upcoming lockdown, the DIS will continue to offer services online, delivering strength & condition services, nutrition and psychology advice and support remotely.

Chloe added:

“The challenge wasn’t just about raising money. We are keen to show that there are fun ways to stay active, improve your health and happiness and enjoy the outdoors during this extraordinary years.

“We were thrilled to have messages of support from British cycling champions Leah Dixon, Jacob Tipper and Will Perrett, who have all been supported in the past by DIS.”

Everyone who took part in the cycle challenge received a goody bag. Under-16s who raised or donated £10 received a Tour De France medal from the Great British Children’s Challenge. Anyone raising or donating more than £50 received a special Derbados 2020 commemorative Tshirt sponsored by a host of local businesses.

Picture - Dean Jackson

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