Dean reunites cycling team for new charity challenge
Former rugby international and Tigers’ player Dean Richards and a team of fund-raisers are gearing up to cycle 300 miles to help a group of young disabled people from Leicestershire take part in a tall ship sailing adventure.
Dean and his team from the Hinckley area call themselves the Gravity Fund-raisers and are taking on a mountain bike ride in France to try to raise £50,000 for the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
"We just want to help give young people the opportunity to have this experience," explains Dean, "We feel inspired by the trust’s work and, although the cycle ride will be a challenge, we will be aiming to enjoy the experience while raising as much money as possible."
The team of 20 riders and fund-raisers want to raise enough money to send 20 young, disabled people from Leicestershire on a tall ship voyage in August 2011.
They have already raised around £300,000 for various charities with a series of similar biking challenges since their first sponsored ride to Skegness in June 2000.
This cycle challenge for the JST, which will take place in June next year, will see them cycle from Mont Ventoux and, 300 miles later, scale the last climb of the 2010 Tour de France 14th stage at Ax Bonascre near the village of Ax Les Thermes.
The bike ride is just one part of the fund-raising efforts. Events throughout the coming months have been planned to support sponsorship. The team launched their challenge at a dinner event and were delighted to raise £4,319.
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