Pedal power puts riders to test for hospital fund
CHELTENHAM’S first street velodrome was a huge success in aid of Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity’s Scanner Appeal.
Teams from companies including headline sponsor Brewin Dolphin, Barclays, Midwinters Solicitors, Kier Construction, Creed Foodservice, Abbey Business and Spirax Sarco battled it out on the Promenade.
After being given the lowdown on the course and some practise time, teams went head-to-head before individuals with the best times pedalled for a place on the leaderboard.
And it was the cyclists from Spirax Sarco, an engineering company based in Cheltenham, who excelled in both challenges and were crowned double winners.
Even Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk got in on the action, amusing the crowd by taking a two lap spin on his small folding bike.
“It was amazing, really exhilarating and fun,” he said.
“What a great advert for Cheltenham and for cycling. It’s wonderful for Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity which does such good work.”
Money from the challenge, which was supported by Paralympian Mel Nicholls, will go towards buying new imaging technology equipment such as mobile digital X-ray machines for county hospitals.