Posted on 26 July 2016
More than 50 cyclists saddled up for the Team Raleigh GAC and Friends Sportive organised by accountancy and business advisory firm, Smith Cooper and HUUB Events.
Organisers said they were delighted with the success of the inaugural event which saw Team Raleigh GAC sponsors including military inspired kit bag designers and manufacturers KitBrix, UK leading sports nutrition brand High5, and members of the Derby business community cycle 55 miles alongside pro cyclists from Team Raleigh GAC.
The 55-mile circular route started and finished at Cromford Mills going through picturesque parts of the Peak District including the Chatsworth Estate.
Smith Cooper who organized the event have been a sponsor of Team Raleigh for 2 years.
David Nelson, Partner at Smith Cooper and Finance Director of Team Raleigh commented: “Cycling is definitely getting more and more popular particularly amongst the business community. We had a mixture of more experienced riders and relative novices come along to tackle what is a challenging but stunning route and I am delighted with the way the sportive went.
“Riding alongside the team including World Champion Sebastian Mora, Spring Cup Winner Adria Moreno and Scottish Road Race Champion Evan Oliphant was an experience money can’t buy and we hope to hold similar events in the future.”
Claire Duffin of HUUB Events said: “We were very fortunate to have had fantastic weather for the sportive. The route is spectacular and we will be holding the event again and hope that it will become one of the bigger events in the cycling sportive calendar here in Derbyshire.”
HUUB Events also organise a number of sporting events in and around Derby including the Jenson Button Triathlon which took place on 17th July and mens charity race raising money for MIND and the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, OktoberVest.
John Vicars Chairman of Team Raleigh GAC added: “We are really grateful to both Smith Cooper and HUUB Events who organised the whole event and hope that this will be the first of many.”