Cyclists pedal towards £260,000 charity target
Fifty riders from the property industry, including Kevin Gray from Richard Rogers Partnership, gathered together on 9 March to cycle a 1500km route from Calais to MIPIM in Cannes. The ride, organised by Peter Murray, chairman of property marketing company Wordsearch, has so far beaten last year's sponsorship total of £110,000 and the riders are on course to more than double that total to £260,000. The cyclists are raising money for four charities: Land Aid, which funds several organisations helping the homeless; Architects for Aid, which trains architects to assist in disaster relief; the Sarah Matheson Trust, which supports those suffering from multiple system atrophy; and the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people. The 'Cycle to Cannes' (C2C) also highlighted the Greater London Authority’s focus on sustainability and climate change at this year’s MIPIM, where the group presented the C2C baton to deputy mayor of London Nicky Gavron on 13 March.
The riders trained for 10-12 hours a week through the winter months – often getting up at 5.30am to train for a couple of hours before going to work. The team rode in relay so that each member cycled a minimum of 100km a day
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