Freight News, Logistics

Bike to Belgium – it’s in a good cause

[ March 14, 2014   //   ]

International development charity, Transaid, is once again challenging members of the transport industry to swap trucks and trains for bicycles to take part in its annual European cycle ride.

This year fundraisers will set off on a three-day, 340km adventure to Brussels, where they’ll finish the ride in style arriving at the city’s iconic Grand Place.

Previous rides to Paris and Amsterdam have raised a combined total of nearly £230,000, which goes towards improving road safety standards in Africa and increasing access to lifesaving healthcare.

Gary Forster, Transaid’s Chief Executive, says: “Feedback from participants over the last two years has been that they have had a fantastic experience exploring new countries whilst really challenging themselves for Transaid.

We’re hoping to see some new faces this year, and welcome any of our previous challengers who are returning for another great event.”

Riders will set off from Tunbridge Wells on 12 September, cycle to Dover, and catch the ferry to Calais. The adventure will continue in France as the volunteers cycle 75 miles to Bruges, where they will sample some of the city’s famous beers and spend the night, before setting off to complete the final 74 miles to Brussels.

Confirmed riders already include a tream from Clipper Logistics, London Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy and a team from Backhouse Jones Solicitors and.

If the badlands of Belgium aren’t enough of an adventure, riders are encouraged to join Transaid’s Africa Cycle challenge in June 2015, 400km between Mount Kilimanjaro and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Anyone wishing to take part in the Brussels ride (12-15 September 2014) is urged to sign up quickly, as places are limited. To request a registration form or for further information on the challenges contact Florence Bearman on 020 7387 8136 or email

A registration fee of £99 is required for the Brussels challenge and all cyclists are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,600. For sponsorship help and ideas Transaid’s team of dedicated experts are on hand to offer hints and support on fundraising and training from the moment participants sign up.

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