On Sunday 8th June, sixteen members of TPP’s staff donned their cycling shorts to join in with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) charity cycle ride. The race followed the 190km route of the first leg of the Tour de France known as the ‘Grand Départ’, beginning at Leeds Grammar School and ending at the Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.
Cyclists fighting Cancer (CfC), help children and young people living with cancer regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes, tandems, and support. TPP supported the race by donating thousands of pounds as one of the main sponsors. Staff members taking part also raised an extra £2000 for the charity through donations from family and friends.
Although a few employees braved the full route, (which took some of them nearly 10 rain-soaked hours), the majority of the staff involved opted to take part in a four-part relay on a tridem.
Over 1000 cyclists took part in the race overall, testing the route just 4 weeks before the real Etape de Yorkshire is due to start on the 5th July.
Kingsley Manning, Chair of the HSCIC, who challenged directors to organise the HSCIC Tour de France event, said: ‘I’m delighted that staff from the HSCIC, as well as our partners and sponsors, came together to raise money for this wonderful charity and have some fun at the same time.
‘The event allowed us to embrace the cycling phenomenon that is the Tour de France, as well as giving us an opportunity to showcase our use of data and technology. By working together we have raised a significant contribution for a fantastic charity and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in putting the event together and congratulate those brave individuals who took to their bicycles on the day!’