Five friends to ride quattrocycle in 600km charity challenge
FIVE friends and a quattrocycle will make cycling history this May when they cycle form Paris to London as part of the Help 4 Heroes Big Battlefield Ride.
Nick Bond-Powell, Adam Griffin, Philip Kent, Darren Ford and Martin Clifton are the five guys who make up TeamQuad aiming to raise £20,000 by riding a quattrocycle for the 600km charity ride.
"We wanted our mode of transport to be unique, after all loads of people ride a bike for charity, so we convinced Help 4 Heroes to let us do the challenge on a four man bike," said Nick who is from Stroud.
"It only has five gears, it weighs twice as much as four road bikes and it had to be shipped over from Holland, but it has character, appeal and will make the challenge harder and more enduring."
The fifth man will ride a normal pedal cycle alongside the quattrocycle in order to give everyone a break and also to keep other cyclists out of their slipstream.
Nearly 400 riders will leave Paris on Monday, May 27 and travel through the countryside of France and south-east England for six days - on the final day, Sunday, June 6 they will join the Hero Ride from Blackheath to London in a mass ride to the Cenotaph.
"A couple of the guys took part in the ride last year and said it was an incredible but sobering experience riding alongside soldiers on specially adapted bikes because they had lost limbs," said Nick who runs Pine View parks with teammates Adam and Darren.
"So this year for the charity's 70th anniversary we decided to do the challenge together and make it extra special ."
The team raised over £700 at the Stroud farmers market earlier this month and together with the £2,000 they have already raised through sponsorship they are well on their way to reaching their target.
To sponsor Team quad go to their donations page www.bmycharity.com/teamquad. Or if you are a business interested in sponsoring the quattrocycle canopy or the team clothing call 01793 722100.