Derbados 2020 cycling challenge will be the biggest ever
A small charity bike ride has grown into an exciting annual event that will see dozens of people raise money for our talented young athletes and a local cancer charity this year.
Derbados 2020 challenges people to cycle 200km during the month of April.
Our managing director, Chloe Maudsley, said: “If cycling 200km sounds too much for you, the good news is you can create a team of four. You can then split the distance between you equally or allow the more experienced cyclists to cycle the furthest.
“You can also break up the 200km as you wish over the month and even use a static bike in a gym or fitness centre.”
Derbados 2020 was launched in style at Pride Park with two sporting giants lending their support: Professor Greg Whyte OBE, former Olympian and sports scientist, and triathlete Henri Schoeman, who was 2018 Commonwealth Games champion and a 2016 Rio Olympic medallist. They provided tips and encouragement to people from local businesses and organisations who came along to find out about the three ways that people can get involved.
1. Mallorca cycle challenge
Dean Jackson, founder of wetsuit and triathlon kit specialists HUUB, and David Torrington, managing director of Sky Recruitment Solutions, are leading from the front as sponsors and cyclists. They will be pedalling 200km around the island of Mallorca on the weekend of April 18 and 19 and you can still join them.
You can organise your own travel and accommodation, or we can link you up with independent travel expert Katie Styring, who can organise it for you.
2. Derbados Raleigh Day
If you prefer to stay in Derbyshire, you can join Derbados Raleigh Day at Carsington Water on Friday April 17, sponsored by Raleigh UK.
There will be an off-road 12.5km circuit, a road circuit (50km loop) and a static bike station where you can choose HOW to do your 200km as an individual or as part of a team.
There is an entry fee of £20 per person which includes free car parking for the day and a goody bag worth £25. The business team that generates the most sponsorship will win a Raleigh e-bike.
3. Do your own thing!
As long as you complete the 200km between April 1 and 30, then you can do the challenge however you like and over as many sessions as you wish. You can use a static bike at the gym or at home, or head out at weekends or evenings on your mountain bike. Just a few kilometres as day will soon add up.
Money raised by those taking part will be split between us and Annabel’s Angels, which provides support to local people undergoing cancer treatment.
Dean Jackson, owner of the county-based Huub Wattbike team who recently won gold in the men’s national team pursuit finals, explained: “This is about using sport to get fitter, raise money for two great causes and spread the word that Derbados is the new cycling capital of the UK – if not the world!”
David Torrington said: “I hope that the Derby business community in particular will get right behind us to support two amazing Derby-based causes and have some fun at the same time.”
Chloe said money raised for DIS would be used specifically to provide support on diet, nutrition and body image issues for young athletes working towards future Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games and other world championships.
To find out more, email email@example.com and we can send you an information pack. There is also a Facebook page for Derbados Cycle Tours 2020, which you can ‘like’ and follow for news and updates. We also have a JustGiving page where anyone can make a donation: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/derbados2020