As well as rising to the challenge, the group decided to raise funds for the Whitechapel Centre in Everton, which works with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. Several users of the Whitechapel Centre took part in the ride.
Bryan Carter, a volunteer at the Centre, said “Going on regular bike rides, and now becoming a ride leader, has been a really important part of moving on in my life. The bike rides have played a big part in improving people’s health and fitness, they have inspired me to get back on my bike and I look forward to leading rides for other people who come to the centre.”
Stafford Huxley said “This was such a fantastic opportunity, not only for our regular Cycle Speke people, but also for a partially sighted rider. It’s not often an organised 100k ride comes our way, so it was too good an opportunity to miss.”
Ride leader Juliet Jardine said “Riding 100k is no mean feat. We’ve been training for 2 months, but at the end of the day it’s more about attitude than physical ability. Some of these people only started cycling last year – they don’t even own a bike, so they borrowed bikes from Choose Freedom. Credit goes to the hard work everyone put in to achieve their goal.”
Anyone wishing to donate can go to https://www.justgiving.com/Choose-Freedom/
Information on Choose Freedom is available at www.choosefreedom.org.uk, on twitter @freedom_L5 or on facebook.com/freedomNL
Choose Freedom is delivered by BikeRight! on behalf of Liverpool City Council, wholly funded by the Department for Transport ‘s Local Sustainable Transport Fund