Keen cyclists got on their bikes to take part in a 10K challenge to support Richard’s mammoth feat for Dementia UK.
10,000 cycling challenge
Members of the Cycling Fitness Centre, an indoor cycling school situated within Dynamic Rides in Hockley Heath, showed their support for 62-year-old Richard Burt from Solihull – who is being sponsored by Sanctuary Care to raise £50,000 for the national charity by completing 100 of the UK’s toughest cycling hills in a record-breaking 12 days – by finishing a 10K cycling challenge of their own.
Hitting the saddle on indoor wattbikes, 24 class members competed for the top three places in a handicapped 10,000 mile cycle time ride trial.
“…,the team spirit was overwhleming.”
Richard said: “It’s fantastic the amount of support I’ve received on my fundraising mission locally and I’m really grateful to all members of the Cycling Fitness Centre who have given up their time to support me, the team spirit was overwhelming.”
Cycling Fitness Centre coach Richard Todd added: “Richard has quite a cycling challenge ahead of him, a challenge that many experienced cyclists would appreciate is extremely tough so on hearing about the test I knew I had to get my team behind him and the fact it’s for such a worthwhile cause makes it all the more special.”
The 62-year-old is undertaking the challenge on behalf of his mother Peggy, who has had Alzheimer’s for the past six years and is living with dementia in Sanctuary Care’s Redhill Court Residential Care Home in Birmingham.
And the winner is…
Winner of the challenge was class member Steve Lee, with James Locker coming second and Simon Harratt finishing third.
Steve said: “Our 10k challenge was tough enough, I can’t imagine cycling 100 hills in just 12 days – it’s incredible sportsmanship. We are all behind you Richard.”