Double T42 200m champion Richard Whitehead joined the riders on the day to give a few words of wisdom before waving them off at the start line. He said he was happy to see people embracing the Paralympic spirit after attending the One Team cycle ride for the fourth year.
“This is my fourth year doing this partnership with BP and it’s a great event for bringing people together and spreading the Paralympic message,” said Whitehead.
“It’s a platform to engage with people about the Paralympics and it’s great when people embrace that message like they do here."
The event, now in its eighth year, is organised by a team of BP staff and offers three routes (25km, 50km and 100km) accommodating cyclists of all abilities. We are delighted to announce we will be running the event again next year, with the date and location yet to be finalised.
Tim Hollingsworth OBE, Chief Executive Officer, British Paralympic Association said: “BP’s One Ride is a day that truly embodies our shared values of excellence, determination and teamwork. These values are critical to the success of our athletes and our vision for ParalympicsGB to inspire a better world for disabled people. The support of BP’s employees is invaluable in helping us on our journey to achieve that vision.”
Brian Gilvary, Chief Financial Officer, BP, said: “The great thing about our support for ParalympicsGB is how it gels the whole organisation together and how everyone gets behind it. Today is great, it’s One Team. Everybody’s out, everybody’s helping each other, everyone’s cajoling each other as they go along the way. It’s a beautiful day for it and it’s a great example of BP at its best.”