Patrick Davis of Velocity partner Bell Hammer is taking part in a 100-hour, 750km ride across the Pyrénées from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean next week. Called the Raid Pyrénéen, the ride starts on June 3, includes over 16,000m of climbing and aims to raise over £30,000 for the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. The route is described here.
Davis is part of a group of 10 riders organised by planning consultant Barton Willmore. Folding bike company Brompton Bicycles has produced a unique “Shelter BWVelo Brommie” which will be auctioned after the ride – once it has been ridden by each of the Barton Willmore team over a Pyrénéen col.
“I’m doing this because I got egged on by [Brompton chief executive] Will Butler-Adams to do something exciting to help fundraise for Shelter,” Davis said. “This is certainly exciting. I think the biggest challenge will be to convince my teammates to put their beloved bikes in the van and take a turn on the Brommie. We haven’t trained with it at all – we haven’t even told the rest of the team about it! We pick it up today [May 31] and the rest of the team find out tonight. I’m not sure which way it will go down with them – it could be a long flight!”
“We’ve produced a single statistic that you can bet on for each of the five days, from the total number toilet stops in a day to maximum speed,” said Barton Willmore business development director Jenni Montgomery. “The winner secures 10% of the sweeps placed, while the rest goes to Shelter. There are also a number of spot prizes up for grabs throughout the week, in return for sharing photos of your winners using the hashtag #bwveloraid. Prizes include cycling goodies, sports massage vouchers, wine and more.”
“Training has been hotting up as the date looms but I think we’re all raring to go now,” Montgomery added.
Follow the team’s progress on Twitter at #BWVelo, the hashtag for Barton Willmore’s in-house corporate cycling team, which featured in an earlier Velocity story.