People from across Derbyshire got on their bikes for our 2020 Derbados Cycle Challenge. The final total was an impressive £2,800, but the event also helped us celebrate the fun and fitness that cycling can safely deliver.
Businesses, families and individuals from across the county took up the challenge to complete 10, 20, 50 or 200 miles.
Some went even further, although in the case of para-athlete Freya Neale she didn’t leave her home to clock up the miles. Freya, from Staveley, was isolating at her home ahead of brain surgery and decided to cycle 200 miles on her turbo trainer static bike. In the end, spurred on by support on social media, she completed an impressive 300 miles before she went into hospital.
Our managing director Chloe Maudsley said: “We are delighted with the total raised, which beat our original target of £2,000. This money will help our community interest company to support talented and hard-working athletes and sports team players. We are happy to report that Freya’s surgery went well and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to work with our DIS coaches when she has fully recuperated.”
During the November 2020 lockdown, the DIS will continue to offer services and support online. Its expert coaches will deliver strength & conditioning training, nutrition and psychology advice remotely.
Dean Jackson, founder of HUUB – a world leader in wetsuit, triathlon and cycling apparel pulled together a group of friends, including David Torrington of Sky Recruitment Solutions, who each cycled 200 miles during the month.
A group of less experienced cyclists, calling themselves the Cycling Tortoises and led by Rachel Hayward of Ask The Chameleon, tackled the Tissington Trail.
Chloe added: “The challenge wasn’t just about raising money. We are keen to show that there are fun ways to stay active, improve your health and happiness and enjoy the outdoors during this extraordinary year.
“We were thrilled to have messages of support from British cycling champions Leah Dixon, Jacob Tipper and Will Perrett (pictured below) who have all been supported by DIS in the past.”
Everyone who took part in the cycle challenge received a goody bag. Under-16s who raised or donated £10 received a Tour De France medal from the Great British Children’s Challenge. Anyone raising or donating more than £50 received a special Derbados 2020 commemorative Tshirt sponsored by a host of local businesses.