Ski Club Turn To Pedals For Charity Challenge

Staff at Wimbledon office in cycle marathon

A team of cyclists from the Ski Club of Great Britain’s head office in Wimbledon clocked up more than 2,150 miles as part of Transport for London’s month-long cycle challenge, beating last year’s effort by more than 250 miles.

For the 2010 Cycle Challenge, the Ski Club, based in Church Road, had more than half the office cycling to work with 18 cyclists, some bike regulars and some “newbies” involved.

During the month of June, the team managed to pedal 2,153.17 miles, beating 2009’s effort by 265.17 miles – that’s six times the distance from Bourg St Maurice to Mèribel. The team also saved 0.56 tonnes of CO2 during the challenge.

Team member Betony Garner said: "Over half of the office took part. It’s a great effort which ties in perfectly with our Respect the Mountain campaign, aimed at raising awareness about snowsports and the environment".

The Respect the Mountain Campaign was an initiative set up by the Ski Club to help raise awareness of the environmental impact of snowsports and how skiers and boarders can minimise their impact. It has donated more than £34,000 to several environmental projects including the Woodland Trust tree planting scheme, research projects, awareness tools including and the Eco-guide to Mountain Gear.

"It was great to take part in the challenge again this year", added Ski Club cyclist Dan Jordan. "I think it’s a brilliant scheme to get people out and about and on their bikes and its fun to compete with your team mates to see who can cycle the furthest"

The Ski Club are planning to take part in the London Cycle Challenge again in 2011.

July 12, 2010