The yellow jersey of the Tour De France may have been put away for another year – but it’s now time for estate agents from Harborough to get on their bikes.
Community-spirited staff from Harrison Murray and the Nottingham Building Society (The Nottingham) saddled up for their static bike challenge in the town’s market square, raising funds through the SportsAid scheme for South Leicestershire sporting star and future Olympian – triathlete Caitlin Roper.
The team, which was joined by Caitlin and The Nottingham’s chief executive David Marlow for the stunt, set themelves the challenge of cycling 158 miles in 12 hours – the equivalent distance of Harborough to the Isle of Wight.
However, cyclists smashed their target distance by 73 miles – clocking up 231 miles.
Estate agency manager Kameron Hutchinson, who took part in 2013 Bike It Challenge, said: “As we are raising funds for Caitlin, a triathlete, we thought it fitting to come up with a sporting challenge and decided that a static cycling initiative we could all be involved with.
“It was an exhausting day, but huge thanks to everyone who got involved – including Caitlin herself, some members of the public and our own chief executive David Marlow. We raised £742 and the support from shoppers and customers was amazing.”
The Harborough branch was one of three (including Skegness and Shepshed) taking on similar challenges, achieving a combined mileage of 1,000 km and raising £1,500 collectively for the charity.