Its been exactly a month since the inaugural Oxon & Bucks Sportif took place, and I’ve only just found the time to sit down and write a little report as things have been so busy at Shutt HQ!
Shutt were very pleased to sponsor the event for a locally based charity The Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of UK children. Every year around 450 children in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Survival rates for childhood brain tumours in the UK are among the lowest in Europe. The Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation is committed to funding the research into childhood brain tumors and how they are treated.
The start and finish of the event was situated in the stunning grounds of Ashford School in Dorton, Ayesbury. Set against the backdrop of Dorton House (which dates back as far as 1596) a total of 310 riders got ready for the off. We had 10 Shutt team members in the event, some riding the 40 mile course and the others riding the 70 mile course.
I personally rode the 40 mile course, feeling that I hadn’t put enough miles in my legs this season to pull off the extra 30 miles without collapsing! The course was mostly rolling, taking in one Catagory 5 climb – although there were a few other hills that really stung the legs!
The event raised over £9000 in total, with 90% of every entrance fee going directly to the charity. Ordinarily only 1% of the money raised for research into Cancer in the UK is dedicated to brain tumour research, so the money raised at the Sportif will make a real difference.
If you missed out on the event this year you will have another chance to give it a go in 2013. Click here to go the the event website. Or click here to take a look at more photos form the day on Shutt’s Flickr photostream.