Bott and Co staff were joined by the Bott Cycle Team and their sponsors to ride 60 miles for charity from Manchester to Blackpool on 13th July 2014. Staff have so far raised £1,759.01 for Cancer Research and The Spinal Injuries Association.
More than 20 employees at the law firm were joined by the official Bott cycle team which includes Roy Holmes, the current British Cycling and LVRC 50+ Road Race Champion.
Team Bott set off at 8.30am from a wet and windy Old Trafford football stadium, cycling through Leigh, Wigan, Preston and then into Blackpool. The Bott and Co cycle team met at 7.00am in Wigan, riding from there to meet the staff cyclists at Old Trafford and then did the ride through to Blackpool. The cycle team also rode back from Blackpool to Wigan, riding between 120 and 132 miles in total.
For some staff, it was far from an easy ride, with tough weather conditions and other cyclists slowing down the pace. Laura Curbishley came off her bike when a cyclist in front came to a sudden stop. She fell down a hill but managed to get herself up and back onto the bike, finishing the journey around 3.15pm.
Ollie Baddeley completed the cycle on a 50-year-old brakeless bike, bought by his grandfather at a summer fair for a pound.
When the cyclists reached Lytham St Annes the rain had calmed down, however due to strong winds they were hit by sand blowing in their faces.
Bott and Co had a support vehicle driven by staff members Abby Jackson and Kath Whittingham, neither of whom had ever driven such a big vehicle before, let alone through masses of cyclists. The support vehicles were diverted at the first stop, meaning they didn’t meet the cyclists till the second stop three miles down the line at the cycle shop. Both drivers supplied the cyclists with lots of refreshments and moral support.
Bott and Co’s Credit Hire Team Leader Dan Boon was the first Bott participant to cross the finishing line in Blackpool’s south promenade at 2:15pm. Dan described this as being “a little by accident as I was looking for Dave [Bott] who I thought was ahead of me. Turns out he had stopped for coffee so I passed him.
The majority of the team crossed the finishing line at approximately 3:00pm with the Bott Cycle Team then cycling back to Wigan.
Senior Partner at Bott and Co, David Bott commented: “It was great to see such a good turnout by the Bott and Co employees and the Bott Cycle team. There was a real spread of abilities so for some of the group it was a real challenge. But everyone pitched in and got on with it. A special mention has to go to the support team who provided much needed food and drink at crucial parts of the ride.”
Andy Wright from the Bott Cycle Team commented on the event and gave his thoughts on how he felt team members did: “Overall, the ride went very well. All of the people who did it last year had obviously done some preparation and training as they found it much easier and we pushed them a lot less. The girls in the van did a fantastic job considering the size of the thing and the fact that they hadn’t driven anything like it before.”
Elizabeth Wright, from the SIA said on hearing about the event: “Spinal Injuries Association is delighted that once again Bott and Co have supported us by taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride. This is the second year that they have undertaken the challenge and they have raised a further £1700.00. We really value their support as this enables SIA to continue to provide our vital services to help rebuilding lives after injury.”
You can still donate to these two worthy causes and to give our Bott and Co cyclists a pat on the back by clicking this link.