University of Bradford Cycle Sportive: 50 miles/kms for 50 years
The University of Bradford launched its first ever Cycle Sportive, 50 miles/kms for 50 years in September this year. The Sportive was a non-competitive, recreational, urban-rural cycle challenge to raise funds for the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal at the University of Bradford, and was run in partnership with Cycling 4 All and British Cycling.
112 cyclists, including staff, students, alumni and friends of the University, participated in the Sportive and had the choice of either a 50-mile challenging entry level Sportive route which included parts of the 2014 Tour de France and the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire routes or an easier 50-kilometre challenge with fewer hills. Cyclists came from across the country to take part, many of whom had never encountered hills like it before. Several cyclists overcame punctures, broken chains, buckled wheels en route but persevered and made it successfully to the finish line!
"My day was one of the most rewarding and physically challenging that I have had for many a year. It was delightful to cycle all around the Bradford Metropolitan District Council and discover what a beautiful part of the world we live in."
The team of staff and volunteers from UBU and the Faculty of Health did a fantastic job which meant that everything ran smoothly and efficiently on the day. The free sports massages offered by volunteers from the Faculty of Health at the end of the challenge was appreciated by participants. Great feedback was received with one cyclist commenting:
"Superbly organised with great signage. The free massage, food and beer were much appreciated. Also nice to be welcomed back and presented with the medal and t-shirt – the little touches make these things more enjoyable."
The support of local businesses was amazing with Squire Patton Boggs making a generous donation to the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal. Sainsbury’s Locale (Great Horton Road) provided water and flapjack for the Bingley feed station as well as tea, coffee and milk for volunteers. Morrison’s (Victoria) provided breakfast and lunch for volunteers and the University’s new food and beverage company Baxterstorey provided water and a fruit selection for volunteers.
Thanks to University staff Simon Duarri, Michael Allhouse, Katie Moore, Martin Brinkworth, Julia Allan and Mark Garratt who took part and raised funds for the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal. A total of £4,660 was raised for the Appeal.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the Sportive an enjoyable and successful event. If you would like to donate towards the University's 50th Anniversary Scholarships Appeal you can do so by going to the Bradford Connect Portal.