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