After a punishing 24 hours of endurance cycling the DHU Health Care team have completed the Cyclone 24 relay challenge.
Over the weekend of February 9 -10 twenty-three teams of six riders competed in the Cyclone 24 relay challenge at Derby Arena’s velodrome for charity.
The physically and mentally demanding challenge saw the DHU team face the daunting task of staying awake, battling exhaustion and pushing themselves to the limit in order to make it across the finish line.
The DHU team included six riders from all parts of the company including Rob Corke (Driver), Peter Miles (Driver Trainer Derbyshire Urgent Care), Heidi Stevens (Transport manager LLR Urgent Care), Simon Harris (MD LLR Urgent Care), Lisa Wallis (HRD DHU) and Rob Haines (Ops LLR Urgent Care) many of whom had never used the velodrome prior to training for the event.
The DHU Health Care team together completed a thigh-busting 3246 laps and finished 20th place overall. Their best lap was 18.432 seconds and they covered a total of 811.300 kms, which is a staggering 503 miles.
Through their Just Giving pages the DHU team has already raised £1.8k plus donations that are still to be collected from across our sites.
Simon Harris, MD for the DHU LLR Division said afterwards: “I am really proud of the team, we did a fantastic job. All six of us contributed equally across the 24 hours. It was extremely tough, but we raised lots of money for two great causes – MIND and the British Heart Foundation.”
Collectively the twenty-three Derby Cyclone24 challengers cycled tremendous a 81,097 velodrome laps and have currently raised a massive over £35,000 for charity.
All funds raised by the DHU Health Care team will go towards supporting two charities that are close to their hearts. The two charities, the British Heart Foundation and MIND, both deal with issues which have directly affected people close to the team and their aim was to do their best to raise as much as they could for the causes.
Rob Haines, Head Of Operations LLR, praised the team spirit during the event saying: “We were a mixed ability team, some with little or no regular cycling background, and although from the same company we didn’t all know each other and had spent limited time together.
“The support for each other was amazing, and to see each team member pushing themselves to their full potential and beyond, was inspiring.”
The British Heart Foundation thanked the team for their support afterwards. Fundraising goes towards support and research for patients with heart conditions in areas such as transplants, stents and statins.