Eleven cyclists from Alstom’s Ocean Energy teams have completed an unsupported 440km bike ride over three days from the Bristol office to Nantes, the location of the team’s global HQ.
The ride, which featured more than 2,000m of vertical climbing, has raised £4,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and for Race Against Time, a bone marrow donor campaign, which included match funding from Alstom.
Simon Newman, a Systems Engineer with Alstom and one of the cyclists, said: “It was tough to ride so far over the course of three days but we were raising money for such good causes that it absolutely worthwhile. That said we really couldn’t have done it with everyone who offered us support, whether financial, logistical or emotional.”
Day one saw the Alstom Pedallers ride 170km from Bristol to Portsmouth, followed by an overnight ferry to St Malo. Day two was a mere 130km from St Malo to Rennes, with the final stage seeing the riders head from Rennes to Nantes.
The riders were Aurelie Veynandt, Emma Bain, Chris Germain, Greg Pittam, James Peck, Liam Warren, Matt Hawthorne, Simon Harper, Tom Adcock, Ben Palethorpe and Simon Newman.
The Alstom team in Bristol is behind the Oceade tidal energy turbine which, until recently, has been under test in Orkney, with commercial deployment of the machine expected in the near future.
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