Two Derby businesses have pledged their support for Derby’s major cycling sportive events this year.
Both companies will be working with organisers Cycle Derby and HUUB Events to stage the events. Staff from both companies will also be competing in the event – joining hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities who will be taking to the roads around the county. The Spring Classic on Sunday May 1 will start and finish at Markeaton Park. Riders will take on one of three routes – 40km, 80km or 160km around Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.
Radleigh Homes will sponsor the 40km event, which is ideal for cycling beginners and families on a circular route around Longford and Sutton-on-the-Hill.
Radleigh Homes Joint Managing Director Tom Finnegan explained: “We are delighted to be supporting the two Sportive events again this year.
“The Radleigh 40k is a perfect fit for our company. We specialise in building high quality new homes and creating safe and vibrant communities and this event is ideal for families who want to take part together and for cycling novices who are newcomers to the growing cycling community.
“I am particularly delighted that several members of staff will be competing in the Sportive with their friends, family and colleagues cheering them on.”
Meanwhile Geldards will once again sponsor the Business Team Challenge. This is an opportunity for up to ten colleagues to work together in an attempt to travel the greater distance. The team with the greatest total distance will take home the coveted Geldards Business Team Challenge title.
Geldards will host a hospitality area at Markeaton Park with exclusive access for Business Challenge riders throughout the day.
David Williams, Chairman at Geldards said: “Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and Geldards is proud to be supporting an event that will build upon Derby’s ambition to become a cycling city.
“As a proactive member of the Derby business community and a keen cyclist myself, I hope that teams of friends and colleagues will take up the challenge to get on their bikes and crank up some miles.”
Mark Smith from Cycle Derby said: “The Spring Classic Sportive is set to be the biggest ever cycling event in Derby and we are delighted that Radleigh Homes and Geldards have once again come on board to help us stage the events this year.
“The Spring Classic Sportive has something for everyone with three different distance routes.
“As well as seasoned cyclists, we are attracting a lot of people and young families who are new to the sport which meets our objective of getting more people active”.
Claire Duffin is Event Director for Huub Events which was launched last year by triathlon wetsuit and apparel company Huub Design, founded and owned by local entrepreneur Dean Jackson.
She continued: “The response in the past couple of months since we opened entries for the Sportive shows that Derby is well and truly a cycling city.
“Entries are also coming in from cyclists from further afield which is great news for the city as they come here with their family and friends for an enjoyable day out.”
To enter the Spring Sportive, visit www.cyclederbysportive.co.uk. Every 50th entrant will receive a spot prize.
The sporting event will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre as part of the charity’s 125th anniversary celebration programme so that more underprivileged children can enjoy a seaside holiday in Skegness.