Hundreds cycle from Oxford to Cambridge for Bidwells charity ride
The Golden Triangle Cycle Challenge helped raise £20,000 for charity CALM.
More than 330 cyclists took to the road to raise thousands for charity by cycling from Oxford to Cambridge.
It was the second year that Bidwells held its Golden Triangle Cycle Challenge, and after the success of last year’s event participation skyrocketed as did the fundraising, which reached £20,000.
Last Thursday’s event was held in support of CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Patrick McMahon, senior partner at Bidwells, who also took part in last year’s cycle, said at the finish line: “It was tough but it was fun and there was lots of laughter en route.
“We had a pitstop at the Eco Hub in Gamlingay and it was full of people chatting and eating Jelly Babies like they were going out of fashion.
“As many people from Oxford took part as were in Cambridge.
“It went really well last year and everyone asked if we’d do it again, so we thought we would but we’d increase the reach. There are three times more people this year and I think we’re definitely going to have to do this next year.
“I was cycling along when I thought we’ve got something here; everyone was smiling and there’s so much participation. Everyone who took part gave £40 which went to the charity, and it’s been building all day with so many different things going on.”
Virtually everyone in Bidwells contributed, whether they were manning a pit-stop along the route or cycling on static bikes in the offices, trying to beat the riders out on the road who were being tracked. They also invited colleagues and clients to join them. Grosvenor, Hill, Coel and Beard sponsored the event.
Mr McMahon continued: “The charity said that the money is important, but awareness is the thing that they really want, so we’ve talked to all of our clients to help get that charity out there because it’s such a big issue, so we’re delighted with the response.”
Some 240 cyclists took on the 100-mile journey from Oxford, and 90 riders tackled the 50 miles from Milton Keynes to the finish line at Ansty Hall where participants enjoyed street food, a massage and a Bidwells branded beer.
Dan Brown, from sponsor Coel, said: “There were two groups from Coel that set out and everything was brilliant and so well organised. It was spot on.”