As this is the first year, the places have been limited to staff in Manchester and Stoke; this will help with the logistics and hopefully aid in making the event slicker with company-wide participation in years to come.
This ride is over three days, from Thursday 6 to Saturday 9 September, and the team will cover just over 110km per day (70 miles for the more mature amongst us).
Starting at Pentonville Road we will rest the first night in Banbury, the second night in Rugeley and then progress to Manchester, via Stoke, on the Saturday.
All the guys taking part have vowed to undergo a pretty strict training programme to ensure there are no casualties on the way; we also have a team of TM staff supporting us with baggage moves, refreshments and first aid (hopefully the first aid won’t be needed but we are covered, just in case).
So, why are we doing this?
Asking the team, the general consensus is “because we can”, but there is the added incentive that by being able, we can also raise money for three great charities:
We have started a Just Giving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/AngelstoManchester for the charities and you can also meet the team there. Please visit the page, make fun of the lycra shorts on the guys and donate a couple of bob to these worthwhile causes.
Words by Gary Hockenhull
Pictured in the photo at the top: Elise McCloy, Dave Hulse, Gary Hockenhull, Lee Tutill and Richard Stanway before last Sunday’s (11 June) Bostin’ Peaks 100km training ride sporting their MIND T-shirts