Record-breaking rides raise £40k
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.