Gary, who works as a Systems Implementation Manager for Ticketmaster Sport, in Stoke-on-Trent, is confident that he will complete the ride. However, as he is undertaking it with 19 work colleagues he anticipates that there may be some challenges along the way.
As Gary explained: “I’m what I call a fair weather cyclist. From spring to autumn I try to get out with a group at the weekend were we can ride between 40 to 50 miles.
“I also go out on my own a couple of times a week doing 25 miles at a time, so I’m used to distance cycling.
“However, the people I’m riding with are a real mixed bag of age, and ability, from complete novice to experienced riders.
“I know how difficult it can be, covering these kind of distances, but there is always the risk that some members of the team may think that they’re fitter than they are. If anyone begins to struggle that may slow us down.”
Gary, who is married with a 31-year-old son, says that the more experienced riders amongst the team will ensure that everyone makes it to Manchester. He said: “If anyone begins to struggle the stronger riders will tutor and mentor them to ensure that they make it over the line.
“We’ll also have the support of three colleagues who will be driving ahead to set up refreshment stops. As well as being responsible for re-fuelling the team they will also move our bags to our hotel each day. However, importantly, the trio are also all first aiders, so if there are any injuries during the challenge they’ll help us to get over them.”
Gary and the team will set off from Ticketmaster’s Angel based HQ in London, and they will ride 70 miles a day stopping off at Banbury, in Oxfordshire, and Roughley, in the West Midlands, before arriving in central Manchester.
The team will also visit Ticketmaster Sport’s Stoke on Trent office en route.
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, is delighted by Gary’s support. She said: “This is no easy challenge. Gary and the team will have to show great physical and mental strength to complete it but I know they’ll do whatever it takes to cross the finishing line and raise invaluable funds for Caudwell Children.
“With their help we will be able to provide specialist equipment, treatments, therapies, short breaks and family support to even more disabled children throughout Staffordshire and the UK. We can’t thank Gary and the team enough for their pedal pumping efforts.”
You can support Gary and the team through their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/angelstomanchester3
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