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Cyclists saddle up and take to the roads alongside Team Raleigh GAC


Posted on 2 August 2017

Following the roaring success of last year’s inaugural sportive, Friday 28th July saw the Team Raleigh GAC & Friends Sportive take place in Derbyshire for the second time. Organised as a joint initiative by Huub Events and Smith Cooper, a field of over 50 including professional cyclists, members of the local business community, sponsors and friends saddled up and set out on what was a gruelling yet rewarding route through picturesque Derbyshire countryside.

The 48 rile circular route started and finished at The Kedleston Country House Hotel, and took riders through scenic Peak District locations such as Carsington Waters, Two Dales and Lea. David Nelson, Partner at Smith Cooper and Commercial and Financial Director of Team Raleigh commented: “Riding such a testing route alongside world class riders is a very rare opportunity, and one which all of those involved enjoyed thoroughly, myself included. I am delighted at the success of the sportive.”

He continues: “It was fantastic to integrate friends, sponsors and clients alike in such a way. The Team Raleigh professionals were exceptional in supporting the groups of riders, and we certainly hope to hold similar events in the future.”

Team Raleigh Principal and Sports Director Cherie Pridham adds: “Yet again we had an incredible day with our sponsors and friends on the team Raleigh GAC sportive. Huge thanks to Smith Cooper and Huub events for making the day such a success, and to all my riders, who made the day complete. We can’t wait for the next one”.

Will Evans of HUUB events comments: “The second Team Raleigh GAC and Friends Sportive was a great day for the team and their partners. It is brilliant to watch the professionals head out on the Derbyshire roads along with the sponsors, partners and friends of Team Raleigh GAC and enjoy a day out of the office together. We look forward to developing the event further in future.'

HUUB Events also organise several sporting events in and around Derbyshire throughout the year, including the Jenson Button Triathlon, Derby Business Games and Cycle Derby Sportive this summer alone.

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