Cycle Challenge Raises Money for Automotive Industry Charity
ORGANISERS of the first 24-hour cycle challenge to be held at Rockingham have hailed the event a huge success after it raised more than Â£3000 for BEN - the automotive industry charity.
Seven teams of four cyclists from across the automotive industry took part in the gruelling event at the Northamptonshire circuit, and completed a combined total of 1347 laps covering 2613.18 miles.
This distance is the equivalent of travelling from Rockingham to Le Mans in France and then nipping down to Monaco for a quick lap of the Formula One Grand Prix circuit, over to the Nurburgring in Germany before finishing at BEN's Head Office in Ascot with a few miles to spare.
The 1.94-miles International Super Sportscar Circuit which is more famous for hosting some of the UK's top motor racing drivers, proved to be a demanding ride for the 28 cyclists who had to endure some poor weather conditions.
Recording a total distance of 244 laps, B&C Express lead the pack to take home the BEN 24-hour Cycle Challenge Trophy, closely followed by The AA's Head Office team, who registered 236 laps. Third place went to The AA's London Patrols with 204 laps.
Chief Executive of Rockingham, Charlotte Orton said: "We have supported cycling events in the past, but this was the biggest two-wheel challenge to date and the event proved a great success.
"We would like to congratulate all the cyclists who took part and helped raise money for a charity very close to our hearts. The weather was treacherous at times, and we have total admiration for all those who completed the 24-hour marathon."
BEN exists to provide care, support and advice to those in the motor industry who need help in times of hardship or distress.