2016 Massif Challenge completed!!
Challenge Adventure Charities host Massif Challenge to break £4,000,000 mark raised for Charity
Last weekend one of the Souths’ largest charity fundraisers completed Le Massif Challenge, which saw 192 cyclists take part in cycling 550 miles across France over three days. The challenge, organised by Challenge Adventure Charities saw 48 teams of ambitious cyclists ride in relay to tackle the 550-mile stretch of the Tour de France route to raise money for charities such as Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, along with others nominated by the teams.
The route takes teams of twos, threes and fours from the starting point at the Channel port of Saint-Malo, on through Normandy to the Loire valley, before rising towards the Massif Central and culminating at Clermont-Ferrand. The riders encountered quiet country roads and beautiful scenery over the three days, with the longest stretch seeing them cycle over 230 miles in a single day. Overall, the teams climbed an impressive 8,607 miles including the massive 15% climb of the Puy Mary, which is the steepest climb ever included in the challenge.
The cycling charity event has been running since 1996 and has seen incredible event participation from a diverse range of riders from doctors, dentists, solicitors, accountants and business men and women. Each team is committed to raising a minimum £1000 for charity, with the highest sponsorship of £11,400 being raised last year by Team Robabank. Each team has their own support vehicle and accommodation and meals are provided on route, paid for by an entry fee subsidised by returning event sponsor, Polypipe. This means there is no dilution of sponsorship and 100% goes through to nominated Charities.
This year the event not only celebrated its 20th anniversary, but since its inception has taken the total funds raised to more than £4million. Stuart Mason-Elliott, founder Trustee of Challenge Adventure Charities and Chairman of Elliotts Brothers builders’ merchants, and his fellow Trustee Chris Saltrick, encouraged teams from across different industries to take part.
“This is a challenge that is close to our heart.” said Stuart. “Challenge Adventure Charities along with our extraordinary cyclists has taken on these challenges for the last 20 years, and it makes me proud to say that the drive to raise money for such brilliant causes is such a priority for us and our extended network.
“Raising a total of £4,000,000 isn’t something we ever dreamt we could achieve, and each and every participant that has taken part in this events history should be ecstatic about their contribution.”