Chiswick Cyclists To Pedal Across Europe In Five Days
Charity cycle ride will cover 500 miles to raise money
Ten amateur cyclists from Chiswick-based company Bluefin Solutions, will join hundreds of riders and supporters from five countries in a first-of-its-kind five-day bike ride that will raise 50,000 Euros for two charities. - Junior Achievement and World Bicycle Relief.
Organised by SAP (and sponsored by Bluefin Solutions and NetApp) the UK leg of "Cycles 4 Youth" will leave on the 5th July from Chiswick Park. The group of British cyclists will grow by number as they collectively travel 550 miles (800 kilometres) to pick-up riders from Belgium, Germany, France and Italy. Their journey will take them through London, Paris, Munich, Milan and Brussels. It's expected that a professional cyclist will join them on the route but their identity is still a mystery.
James Appleby of Bluefin
"We've been training hard for the 'Cycles 4 Youth' ride, despite the fact that some people are beginners and others are almost semi-pro, we're a mixed bunch" says James Appleby, a longtime Chiswick resident and CEO of Bluefin Solutions, who came up with the original idea.
All the cyclists will join en-masse at SAP's headquarters in Walldorf, near Heidelburg,Germany, at 5pm on the 9th of July, for an end-of-ride party attended by representatives from Junior Achievement, a charity helping children from underprivileged backgrounds and World Bicycle Relief, the charity which provides bicycles to people in in sub Saharan Africa. SAP will present the charities with two cheques for the money raised which the software company is matching one Euro per kilometer for each biker's ride.
Day 1: London - Dover (150 km, 1643 m climb)
June 11, 2013