A huge thank you to all of our London Bikeathon 2011 riders – you helped make the day a fantastic success, raising an incredible £640,000 for our life-saving research.
Over 5,000 fundraisers joined us at the iconic Battersea Power Station, Thames Barrier Park and Ham House & Garden to take on their own challenge of cycling 13, 26, or 52 miles around London.
The day kicked off with Zumba warm up sessions, and an inspiring speech from 13 year old leukaemia patient Joe Smale.
Cyclists then set off, taking to the streets of London, with City riders passing iconic landmarks and Scenic riders enjoying the stunning views of Richmond Park. The Challenge riders had the task of covering the whole 52 mile route in temperatures of over 30 degrees – thank goodness for our en-route refreshment stations!
We had terrific support from Evans Cycles and individual bike repairers who worked tirelessly to ensure that punctures were fixed, brakes adjusted and that any mechanical issues were promptly solved.
We were fortunate to have the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association provide over 160 volunteers to marshal the entire route – helping cyclists on their way and answering any questions they had. We also had a fantastic team of individuals and Police Cadet volunteers on hand to assist with the smooth running of the day. They were great – helping us set up, run registration, and hand out refreshments and well deserved medals as participants finished their ride.
Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions sponsored the cost of the 13,000 bottles of water for the event, and were kind enough to come and volunteer on the day and give out much-needed water to our thirsty riders.
We really couldn’t have run such a successful event without the support and commitment from everyone who gave up their Sunday to come and help out!
Thank you once again to everyone involved for all your hard work, fundraising efforts and determination.
The London Bikeathon Team