A group of Formula 1 fans will make the journey of a lifetime later this year by embarking on a charity cycle ride from Silverstone to Monza in time for the Italian Grand Prix (5th-7th September).
Covering 800 miles in just nine days, the trip will take the 23-strong crew from their British starting point through France, Switzerland and Italy, arriving at Milan’s legendary Autodromo di Monza on Friday 5th September.
And they’ll be driven on by several very worthy charities, and with Ride2Monza funded entirely by those taking part, every penny raised will go directly to these causes.
The effort follows 2012’s highly successful Ride2Spa and is led by Rich Tindale, a keen cyclist and Formula 1 fan who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis since 2007.
‘While we were organising Ride2Spa my best friend from Stone, Simon Campbell’s new-born boy Jasper was diagnosed with leukaemia, so we decided to support charities which had helped the family during a very difficult time,’ explains Rich.
‘Jasper received a bone marrow transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in March 2012, and when we rode to Spa he was in remission and looking really well. However, his leukaemia returned in August 2013, and tragically Jasper lost his battle on 14 October 2013. This put a hold on all things Ride2Monza and really made us think about whether it should take place.
‘But after some thought Simon has decided he wants to go ahead. As such, he’ll be cycling the 800 miles in memory of his little boy Jasper.’
For more information, including how to become involved with Ride2Monza, please contact Rich Tindale on 07809 641115 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or view further details at www.ride2monza.com. You can also follow their progress on Twitter and on Facebook.