First day of cycling for Pedal for Pounds 9 complete
- Riders travelled 60 miles from Avelin to Albert in France
- Visited memorials of three Huddersfield Town players lost in WW1
- 175 cyclists raising money for the YAA and Charity Partners
Huddersfield Town’s Pedal for Pounds 9 got off to a sunny and successful start as the 175 riders completed the first day of cycling across France.
After arriving in Zeebrugge on the ferry earlier this morning (Wednesday 9 May 2018) the riders were transported to Avelin, France where they began the first leg of their 282-mile journey.
Commercial Director Sean Jarvis then gave an inspiring speech to all the riders as they prepared to depart from Avelin for the ninth Pedal for Pounds, in association with Made by Cooper.
The cyclists, wearing the blue and white Town colours, were treated to warm and sunny weather as they set off in their teams for the ride.
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The first stop of the day was the Tilloy British Cemetery, 30 miles into the journey, where the riders visited the memorial of Huddersfield Town player Edward John Didymus. Janet Hoyle placed a wreath on the memorial on behalf of the Club, before each team leader placed either a blue or white rose alongside.
After cycling a further 20 miles, the riders stopped at the Thiepval Memorial. A wreath was placed beneath the name of Town player Leigh Roose.
Just a further six miles down the road, the riders visited their third and final memorial of the day at the Dantzig Alley British Cemetery in Mametz. Again, the Club laid a commemorative wreath, this time on the memorial of former Town player Charles Edward Randall.
Following a long and testing ride in which the ‘Terrier Spirit’ really shone through, the 175 cyclists completed the first day of riding when they reached their end point in Albert, France.
Here's a review of Day One on #HTTV!
Club Ambassador, Andy Booth, said it was a fantastic day for everyone involved:
“Everything went well. Everything we planned for went perfectly. Right from the word go the sun was shining and the 175 cyclists were in good cheer.
“The first 30 miles they all absolutely flew, but then legs started to get a little bit tired and the second half was quite tough.
“Seeing the three cemeteries and the three fallen ex-players who lost their lives in WW1, it really touched a lot of the cyclists and myself. But overall it was a fantastic day.”
The cyclists will begin the second day of riding at 7am on Thursday 10 May 2018, where they’ll make the 76-mile trip from Albert to Ypres, Belgium.
Once again, the 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.