Strategic Team Group's Pedal Power Raises £20k For Charity

Aug 2009
Strategic Team Group's Pedal Power Raises £20k For

Saddle soar cycling enthusiasts from Strategic Team Group, one of the UK's fastest growing building contractors, have raised over £20,000 for charity after completing the mammoth 540 mile Bone Cancer Research's Belgium to Berlin Cycle ride last month.

The team raised over £20,000 in cash, which will be split equally between the company's chosen charity for the year, The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, which cares for adults with progressive illnesses offering specialist respite terminal and palliative care, and race organisers Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Mentored by Great Britain cyclist, Ashley Brown and captained by Strategic Team Group's managing director, Andy Watson, the four teams of riders, aptly named Strategic Spokes, completed the gruelling 540 mile cycle relay from Ghent in Belgium to Berlin in three days. Each rider cycled between 55 and 105 miles per day, with all four teams of four riders collectively clocking up over 4020 miles, with average speeds of between 16 – 21 miles per hour, depending on the terrain.

Commenting on the team's achievements, team captain and Strategic Team Group's managing director, Andy Watson said:

"This has been one the toughest challenges we've all participated in. I'm so proud of the team, especially as many were new to cycling and dedicated so much of their own personal time during the preparation for the challenge. Some of the team even resorted to cycling at 5:00am to complete 190 miles a week, ensuring they had the physical fitness for the challenge - now that's commitment!

"The team's hard work has really paid dividends, we're absolutely delighted with the funds raised and support we have received. In fact, we've already set our sights on the next big challenges including a Leeds to Rome cycle ride."

Team sponsors included many of Strategic Team Group's clients and suppliers including Anchor Vehicle Hire, Albion Electrical, ASC Technical Support, Barclays Ventures, Hudson Maintenance, risk management provider Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Merseyrail, MNB Partnership Quantity Surveyors, Multifix, NPS, The Orthodontics Centre in Doncaster, PRS Services, SAR Signs and Woodhill Recruitment.

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