Determined not to be thwarted by the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020 the One Team Cycle Ride went virtual and took place over seven days in September. The challenge was to collectively cover 6000 miles - the distance from London to Tokyo, the host city for the rescheduled Paralympic Games in 2021 - and to raise as much as possible for the British Paralympic Association (BPA). Every mile ridden counted – whether indoor or outdoor, solo or socially distanced.
The 234 cyclists reached their goal very quickly, then rode the distance back to Paris, the host city for the Games in 2024.
Peter Mather, SVP Europe and Head of Country UK said: “Congratulations to all the riders. This event is always a fun way for bp folk to get active and raise money to support UK Paralympians. Even though we couldn’t ride together shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues, we kept cycling and made it not only to Tokyo but back to Paris too.”
The event was a great way to support physical and mental health, especially in these unprecedented times, while raising much needed funds to help British Paralympic athletes on their way to the Games.
The ride, now in its tenth year, is organised by a team of bp staff. In previous years it offered three cycling routes (25km, 50km and 100km). In 2019 they toured the picturesque and sometimes hilly roads near Dorking, Surrey.
Peter Mather, SVP Europe and head of country UK
Mike Sharrock, chief executive officer at the BPA, said: “The bp One Team Cycle Ride is a fantastic event that goes from strength to strength each year – the ride is now one of the largest fundraising events for the BPA annually.
“The support of bp’s employees is invaluable in helping us ensure our athletes are best prepared and able to perform in a way we know helps inspire change within society,” he added.