Blackpool-based Danbro accountant David Wells’ idea of a “gentle” cycle is a scenic 35-40 miles round trip to and from Scorton and Beacon Fell.
He organises the Tour De Danbo the first Saturday of every month for fellow cyclists from the company which provides accountancy solutions to 6500 freelancers and contractors. But on Sunday July 13 David will be leading colleagues from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of Team Christie – the Manchester-based cancer hospital.
Client accountant David admits it’s the enjoyment he gets from cycling which spurs him onto organise charity events. “Seeing others raising money for charity is only half the victory, the other half is seeing people pick up their bikes after the charity event and saying ‘that was great, where to next?’”
David was a runner when he set himself the target of completing a triathlon in 2011. He bought a bike through the Cycle to Work scheme and cycled to and from work, a 15 mile round trip at the time.
“The half ironman length triathlon included 1.2 miles of open water swimming in Ullswater lake, 57 miles cycling and 13 miles running through some very hilly areas of the Lakes. I went swimming 2-3 times a week and ran 2-3 times a week. I soon realized I had been missing out - cycling was fun and reminded me of my childhood.” said David.
After completing the triathlon in just over eight hours he looked for new challenges. “I would cycle to my mate’s in Manchester on a Friday and then back on Sunday. It was amazing to do this off your own steam – I was sold!”
Cycling overtook running as David’s favourite sport. Over the Easter bank holiday he rode from Stockport to Newton in Wales and back , about 195 miles.
David concludes “It’s the furthest I’ve cycled and I’m planning another lone ride – it’s addictive. But it can also really benefit others, which is why Team Danbro is taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride in July in aid of The Christie, a distance of sixty miles starting at Manchester United Football Ground and finishing at South Promenade Blackpool. See you opposite the Mirrorball.”
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