Double B supports Breakthrough Breast Cancer

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 our office.

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 a SKIRT!

To Support  or view any of the upcoming events please click here.Breathing Buildings- London 2 Cambridge


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