In the year of the London Olympics where Great Britain is tipped for a good medal haul and where at the Tour de France, Britain has a favourite for both the yellow and green jersey, Banana Moon’s Patrick Stephen has taken on a number of tough road races of his own.
Patrick cycles a significant distance in to work each day, come rain or shine and he has decided to use his spare time to cycle in aid of charity.
A few weeks ago, with his Father and a friend, they rode the Great Manchester Cycle in aid of The Christie Trust (see the photos to the right of the team wearing their printed t-shirts – Patrick is the one in the middle). They rode the 26 mile closed road event from one side of Manchester to the other and back with over 7000 cyclists taking part. The 26 mile race had 2500+ taking part and Patrick and his team finished in 18th and 19th place, despite what Patrick described as a ‘small incident’ near the finish line. Their finishing time was 1:23.59
Then, on the 1st July, Patrick and his Father rode the Yorkshire Road Challenge in aid of one of Banana Moon’s most supported charities; Help for Heroes. With a choice of race distances, they were feeling brave and went for the big 65 mile distance.
Patrick describes the ride:
‘The route took us from the Pennine Manor Hotel in Huddersfield up to and over Holme Moss, down through Holmfirth, over to just outside Oldham, up the M62, all the way back along to Huddersfield, up to Pole Moor and back to the hotel. The weather was horrendous. The wind was always in our face and we cycled high enough to get drenched by cloud. I believe it’s a guest circuit in the Tour de France which the best cyclists in the world have struggled with and the incline and distance equate to more than Ben Nevis. There were 20 cyclists taking part. We finished 7th and 8th. Finishing time was 6:10.55.’ (Photos to come shortly)
After 6 hours on a bike on the Sunday, Patrick managed to make it in to work on Monday and even managed to cycle in!
We are all really proud of his efforts to raise money for such good causes.
Patrick has a Just Giving page here: www.justgiving.co.uk/PatrickStephen, if you would be kind enough to donate to Help for Heroes in recognition of such an impressive achievement. We will keep you updated on Patrick’s next ride for charity.
Well Done Pat!