Posted on 19/09/11
I have completed the 60 mile route that is the London to
Cambridge bike ride for the past three years and always found it to
be a challenging yet enjoyable experience. I suggested to the rest
of the Breathing Buildings Team that we enter and raise sponsorship
money for charity in the process. Initially there were quite a few
groans, however with some gentle persuasion about half of the
office based staff decided to take on the challenge with me.
As a Natural Ventilation company we are very keen to reduce
carbon emissions. We make a particular effort in using public
transport wherever possible and encourage our staff to cycle into
work and there is never a shortage of pushbikes locked up outside
We are also assisted by the 'Travel for Work' (TfW) scheme which
is a not-for profit partnership. Tfw helps employers deliver
practical solutions for sustainable commuting; this is something
that Breathing Buildings strongly support. I have also
utilised the government's 'Cycle To Work Scheme' to ensure my set
of wheels were reputable and fashionable for all my cycling!
Fortunately the weather on the day of the event was sunny and as
we arrived on the start line I realised what a mixed ability team
we were! Four of the team turned up in full lycra, a scary sight in
a variety of ways. Some staff just wanted to make it to the pub at
the finish in one piece whilst others were determined to prove they
could challenge Mark Cavendish for his green jersey.
The team's finishing times ranged from 2 hours and 45 minute to
7 hours (with 3 punctures along the way), but we all made it round
and in total raised an astonishing £1,700 for
Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The plan for next year is to do it all again but better.
Here are just a couple of photos of the BB team that completed
the bike ride, including the infamous photo of our wonderful FD in
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