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Pedal power turns into pounds for Prince’s Trust

Pedal power turned into pounds for the Prince’s Trust when a team from UK Power Networks cycled the Palace2Palace bike ride in London.

From Press releases - 10 October 2018 12:00 AM

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The 26 strong team raised more than £7,000 for charity by completing one of two circuits starting at Buckingham Palace and finishing at Windsor Castle.

It’s the fifth year employees have taken part in the bike ride and this year seven of them opted to cycle the 90 mile route while the rest did 45 miles. They were sent on their way by UK Power Networks chief executive Basil Scarsella.

Tony Hart, member of a groundwork team based in Kingston, took part for the third time. Tony has been enjoying cycling for seven years. The owner of several bikes he decided to enter because he likes cycling and trains once or twice a week on his mountain bike. He said: “The first time was different because I was used to off road but the second was easier and I did three hours 12 minutes.”

This time the Tunbridge Wells resident took one minute under three hours to cycle 45 miles and has currently raised £395. “It was good and I will be there next year,” he vowed.

First timer Rebecca Smith from Chingford went straight for the 90 mile ride and had a bit of a shock when she hit the steep hills. “The first 20 miles were easy, but the first hill was really steep, it was a killer! There were three of those hills!.”

Rebecca is a field engineer based in Camden, who has been cycling quite seriously for three years.  Rebecca was really pleased to complete the course in seven hours and four minutes, raising £250.

Despite the challenge and the aches and pains afterwards she said it was good fun. She is looking at doing it again next year, but plans to be more prepared for the hills!