A group of employees from Mechline are set to try and emulate Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome by conquering some of France’s most gruelling peaks in aid of charity.
Mechline’s ‘Hairy Test Cycles Team’ is entering the ‘Extra Mile Cote d’Or Challenge’, which kicks off on Friday and finishes Sunday.
Mechline director, Peter Galliford, who is part of the team, said the riders will cover more than 500km over the three days.
“The team will have to climb every mountain, cross many streams, follow many highways and low-ways, even follow rainbows until we find our dreams — rest, beer and hopefully some money raised for our charities!” he said.
The race begins in Troyes, continues through Beaune and takes in Monts du Morvan and Monts du Charolais before reaching its conclusion.
Two thirds of the funds that Mechline raises will go to Cyclists Fighting Cancer, a charity dedicated to providing cycles and equipment principally to children and their families affected by cancer.
The remainder, through the Extra Mile Charity, will go to Willen Hospice, St John’s Ambulance and East Anglian Air Ambulance.
“Last year, we as a team raised more than £7,000 for our charities and Extra Mile passed the £1m mark for money raised over the last 10 years,” said Galliford.
The French challenge comes a week after Team Mechline took part in a gruelling two-part cycle marathon, up hill and down dale, in aid of ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity.
Jacqui Sage-Passant, wife of Mechline’s managing director Peter Sage-Passant, organised the event, which was sponsored by the company. The event raised £5,000 for the charity and attracted over 200 riders in its first year.
If you would like to help the Mechline team in their bid to raise money you can donate through the Just Giving Web site here.