Dulux Select Decorators conquer over 180 miles on two wheels
On May 16th-17th, 2,000 riders including a 150-strong Dulux Trade team took on a 189 mile challenge on two wheels.
Part of the team were seven Dulux Select Decorators - Des Cass, Simon Hawes, Dave Jenkins, Kennie Mackender, Rose Morris, Neil Purrett and Darren Whitfield. They were also joined by members of the Select team - Rachel Streek, Simon Elliott and Sam Lucas.
Looking the part in the Dulux Trade jerseys the team gathered on day 1, just north of London in Enfield. With 100 miles ahead, riders set off taking in the iconic views of London and the scenic Surrey, on their way to basecamp for the night, Royal Ascot racecourse.
During the weekend the weather was on the riders' side, with dry and still conditions. There was even the chance to take in the sun at the welcome pit stops, whilst cramming in the energy boosting calories, vital for the tough countryside hills. Which was a real feature of day 2!
After a hearty breakfast, riders left the renowned Royal Ascot, heading past Maidenhead into the undulating 'Chilterns'. The incline at times could be described as relentless but a fantastic challenge all the same. Testament to this was member Simon Hawes, "my favourite part of the ride was getting to ride through the rolling countryside."
The leg burning effort was thoroughly worth it though, as the Dulux Trade team have almost met their target of raising £100,000 for the Outward Bound Trust. The charity helps over 26,000 young people annually gain valuable life skills through outdoor adventures. The donations raised will go specifically towards funding the chance for 121 young people to take part in an Outward Bound Skills for Life Award.
Finishing the circular route of London and its suburbs, riders crossed the finish line ending up in Enfield once again, after enduring 89 miles on day 2. It was fantastic to see the Select members smiling and overcome with achievement. With another cycling event likely next year, we would encourage any interested members to get training. "I feel anyone at any level of fitness can achieve this. It's just about putting in the hours of training beforehand" said member, Neil Purrett.
Finally, congratulations to all members who took part, a fantastic achievement for a great cause.