Twenty staff from across the Toyota GB group cycled from Toyota GB’s Surrey HQ in Epsom to the French town of Le Mans, famous the world over for the 24-hour endurance race.
The three-day ride took in the south of England and northern France, as the group travelled 270 miles to raise money for Harrison’s Fund, a charity formed to research and support sufferers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition that causes muscles to waste away.
The team was made up of the Toyota Oaks cycle club, which was set up by chief financial officer Darren Morris five years ago to raise money for charitable causes that have a local setting or have a special meaning to any of Toyota’s staff.
For the first day, the team were sent on their way by a group of well wishers and family members before heading through Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire on the way to Portsmouth, which took in the South Downs National Park, some of the trickiest terrain in the area.
In Portsmouth, they caught the overnight ferry to St. Malo so the group could have a well-earned break before the second day in the saddle. In overcast conditions, the 20-strong group were able to take in some nice spots in Northern France, before ending the day in Laval.
Following a damp and difficult start to the final day, Toyota Oaks climbed for over 1000m on the way to the finish, including one hill that had a torturous 22 per cent gradient. After getting over the tricky climbs, the team rolled into the finish in Le Mans.
Thanks to the support of the eight support staff and the support of those at home, the team has managed to raise £13,500, just shy of their £15,000 target. If you wish to give to their cause, go to their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ToyotaOaks2016-BH2LM