Businesses backing St Albans charity cycle ride

Debenhams Ottaway team at the end of last year’s cycle ride. Left to right: Stuart Harries, Claire S

Debenhams Ottaway team at the end of last year’s cycle ride. Left to right: Stuart Harries, Claire Sharp, Nigel Drake. - Credit: Archant

Local businesses have given their backing to this year’s St Albans charity cycle ride (SACCR).

In addition to sponsorship and assistance, several firms, such as law firm Debenhams Ottoway, are also entering teams.

Team member Nigel Drake said: “Five of us join the SACCR every year and other colleagues often join us.

“Everybody enjoys the day out and it’s enjoyable raising money for charities at the same time.

“Some of us cycle the full 40 miles and a few of the hills are a bit of a challenge.

“It’s a good day out for all the family.

“One year we won the cup as the team that collected the most money for the charities.

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“Our firm also helps the organisers to run one of the water stations along the route.”

Several other businesses are involved in the event, including Metro Bank and Harpenden Cycling, who are providing assistance along the route.

The annual event, on Sunday May 14, is still open for registration by individuals or teams.

Riders can pick from a variety of routes, from a leisurely 10 miles, up to a tough ride of 40 miles.

Organised by the three Rotary Clubs of St Albans, the ride has been a fixture in the local calendar for 21 years, raising over £500,000 for charity in that time.

This year’s supported charities are Herts Action on Disability, Youth Talk, and Home Start.

More details on the event, and how to enter, can be found at www.saccr.co.uk