Nine energetic recruiters from Larson Group were brave enough to take part in the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride this weekend and as well as showing plenty of Yorkshire grit and team spirit they raised an incredible £2,500 for Yorkshire charities.
For many of them, the gruelling 72-mile route from Wetherby to Filey on Saturday was their first experience cycling endurance event. In fact some hadn’t been on a bike in years.
Everyone did brilliantly and showed incredible resilience during what was a tough challenge in dreadful weather. It was an exhausting day but it was great to see so many of our staff taking part together and spurring one another on to the finish.
Sandra and Rachel putting in a sterling effort, particularly considering the condition of the bikes they were riding, and John and Martin were very impressive bearing in mind they have both only just bought their wheels. Guy, on the other hand, stood out from the crowd with his all singing and dancing mountain bike.
Kevin had a few problems with his bike and although he needed a few repairs en route he can console himself with the fact that he provided light relief for the other team members, particularly when he dramatically lost his front wheel and came off his bike landing on a grass verge during the ensuing somersault.
I was very pleased with my own performance, which included some good sprints, but special mention goes to Jonny, who was awesome as a new comer to cycling and to Pete Bradley who was King of the Hill and winner of the Yellow Jersey on the day.
Next challenges – the YCR ride on 12th August and the Three Peaks on September 1st. Oh yes, and the Great North Run on September 16th!