Record-break­ing rides raise £40k

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

MORE than £40,000 was raised for a char­ity that sup­ports wheel­chair ath­letes at a cy­cling event around the Vale of Ayles­bury.

A record-break­ing 1,837 cy­clists took part in the Tour De Vale Bike Ride, spon­sored to raise money for Wheelpower.

The rid­ers started and fin­ished at Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium, fol­low­ing routes of 55, 35 or 15 miles.

Awards were pre­sented by for­mer Chal­font Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent Andy White, 21, who was a torch-bearer for the Sochi Win­ter Par­a­lympic Games.

“Wheelpower has pro­vided me with op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said. “I play wheel­chair bas­ket­ball and I wouldn’t be able to do that with­out them.”

The cy­clists – rid­ing a di­verse ar­ray of bikes – in­cluded Ayles­bury MP David Lid­ing­ton. Some of the cy­cles were ped­alled by hand.

Filipino nurses from Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal en­tered a team, along with Team Kub­ota from Thame and Team Epson. Some of the cy­clists had trav­elled from Ire­land for the event.

Spec­ta­tors along the routes en­joyed bar­be­cues, lis­tened to mu­sic pro­vided by Mix 96.FM ra­dio and had the op­por­tu­nity to print from an Epson pho­to­copier worked by pedal power.

Stoke Man­dev­ille Sta­dium is stag­ing the In­ter­na­tional Wheel­chair and Am­putee Sports World Ju­nior Games from this Satur­day to Fri­day next week.

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