Duo take on 100-mile ride to sup­port NSPCC


RIDERS from the NSPCC Birm­ing­ham Busi­ness Board are sad­dling up for the city’s in­au­gu­ral 100-mile cy­cling chal­lenge to help sup­port the UK’s lead­ing chil­dren’s char­ity.

Jamie Part­ing­ton and Mark Scot­ney have been train­ing hard for months to pre­pare them­selves for Vélo Birm­ing­ham’s Busi­ness 100 ride on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24.

More than 15,000 cy­clists are ex­pected to take to the Vélo Birm­ing­ham start line on Broad Street, ready to tackle the cy­cling chal­lenge, tak­ing them through pic­turesque Worces­ter­shire and Stafford­shire coun­try­side be­fore re­turn­ing to Birm­ing­ham.

Sup­ported by the Greater Birm­ing­ham Cham­bers of Com­merce, the Birm­ing­ham Post and DLA Piper, Busi­ness 100 of­fers a ded­i­cated start­ing wave and in-ride com­pe­ti­tions.

It is hoped the Busi­ness 100 will raise more than £100,000 for good causes across the Mid­lands.

All Busi­ness 100 teams will be in­vited to the Park Regis Ho­tel at Five Ways for an ex­clu­sive net­work­ing evening on Septem­ber 14.

Spe­cial guests for the evening are for­mer pro­fes­sional cy­clist David Mil­lar and David Walsh, the Sun­day Times jour­nal­ist and best-sell­ing au­thor of Seven Deadly Sins, the story of his 18-year pur­suit of Lance Arm­strong. David will be de­liv­er­ing cy­cling anec­dotes as well as a Q&A.

Mr Part­ing­ton said: “We’re fairly novice riders and have never done this kind of dis­tance be­fore, so it will cer­tainly be a good test. We have also en­cour­aged a num­ber of friends and pro­fes­sional con­tacts to join us in rais­ing funds for NSPCC as well so there should be a de­cent mini-pelo­ton to help pull each of us round.

“The event should be great, and we’re all ex­cited at the op­por­tu­nity to get on closed roads with all of the other cy­clists through Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre and out into the sur­round­ing coun­try side.”

Mr Scot­ney is ex­pect­ing to raise more than £500. He said: “I signed up to the Velo as it ap­peared a mas­sive chal­lenge hav­ing never rid­den more than ten miles or so be­fore.

“The prepa­ra­tion has been gru­elling and at times painful, but a lot of fun.

“Given the in­valu­able work the NPSCC do on be­half of such vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, my de­ci­sion to raise money for the NSPCC was a com­plete no-brainer.”

> Cy­clists Jamie Part­ing­ton and Mark Scot­ney will tackle the Vélo 100

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