Money raised goes to the Huddersfield Town Academy and Yorkshire Air Ambulance- Over 180 people raise money for the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign
- Overview of both ‘The Wagner Way’ and the ‘Hull to Home’ rides
- Money raised goes to the Huddersfield Town Academy and Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Huddersfield Town’s ‘Pedal for Pounds 8’ bike ride saw over 180 cyclists raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Huddersfield Town Academy during the Keep It Up campaign’s fundraising event.
For the first time the majority of the annual ride – which was sponsored by Made By Cooper – was completed overseas as the cyclists took on the 250 mile ride from Dortmund to Huddersfield, which paid homage to the journey Head Coach David Wagner and Assistant Head Coach Christoph Bühler completed when joining the Club in November 2015.
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle and the other 135 cyclists who took part in ‘The Wagner Way’ ride, which was filled in less than a week, all embarked on an overnight ferry from Hull to Rotterdam on Tuesday 2 May.
Arriving at the Rotterdam Euro Port, the cyclists were taken to Dortmund before being guided round Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.
The ride began in Dortmund on Thursday 4 May and finished 85 miles later that evening in Nijmegen after the riders crossed the border into the Netherlands.
Friday, was the longest day for the 135 cyclists as they travelled for 92 miles from their hotel in Nijmegen to the Euro Port back in Rotterdam, in time to catch the ferry back to England.
After a night onboard the ferry, ‘The Wagner Way’ riders were joined by the 50 ‘Hull to Home’ cyclists, starting at the ferry port in Hull and ending at the Club’s PPG Canalside Training Ground on Saturday 6 May.
There was then a celebration for the cyclists who had raised money for both causes, as the friends and family of those taking part joined them at PPG Canalside.
Ahead of the Club’s final home match of the regular Sky Bet Championship season against Cardiff City on Sunday 7 May, all the cyclists will take part in a lap of honour of the John Smith’s Stadium and will be applauded by Town fans for their efforts over the last few days.
The ride was around 250 miles in total and raised funds for the ‘Keep It Up’ campaign; the Club’s fundraising partnership between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Huddersfield Town Academy.
The Club’s previous Pedal for Pounds bike rides have contributed over £1.4 million to the total raised for the campaign since its inception in 2009.
Huddersfield Town’s Club Ambassador Andy Booth commented:
“I am delighted to say that this year’s Pedal for Pounds has been a resounding success and that all the cyclists thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
“As a team, we worked hard to make this ride special for all those who took part and I believe ‘The Wagner Way’ has set a precedent now for future rides.
“Throughout the ride, it was great to see all the teams working together and helping each other to complete what was a very tough challenge.
“As always, I would like to thank all the volunteers and staff that are volunteering their time as the smooth running of the ride wouldn't have been possible without them.”
This season’s ride is being held in association with Made by Cooper; a local company with respected worldwide reputation for quality and design.
Based in Lion Chambers in Huddersfield, St George’s Square, the company creates enamel lapel pin badges, patches, medals, toys and much more, with a team of professional designers to help realise your ideas.
Made by Cooper ships worldwide, with about 40% of customers in the USA. It works with all types of clients, from individuals that want keepsakes for their wedding day, to international companies such as BBC, ITV, HSBC, Tate Modern, Warner Bros, and many more including the Town Foundation.
The Club’s previous Pedal for Pounds bike rides have contributed over £1 million to the total raised for the campaign since its inception in 2009.
If you want to donate some money to the ride, please visit www.justgiving.com/keepitupcampaign or text KIUP99 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070!
If you would like to see the Pedal for Pounds 8 cyclists have their lap of honour at the Cardiff City match get your tickets here!
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