Salisbury locals donned their cycling shorts last Saturday to raise what looks likely to be more than £4,000 for JDRF
The Ride to Cure Diabetes event challenged 17 teams of five to push their bodies to the limit over eight-minute interval sprints on exercise bikes at the Old George Mall.
JDRF challenged people in Salisbury to raise awareness and vital funds. JDRF was thrilled by the high uptake for the event, which attracted riders aged 12 and upwards. Some competitors had personal experience of type 1 diabetes, while others simply relished the competitive element of the event.
2013 has seen the fifth series of bike-a-thons organised by JDRF, which are happening up and down the country at locations including London, Leeds, Bristol and Manchester.
The fastest team, The Bone Idols, a team of local orthopedic doctors, achieved a distance of 28,111 metres in 40 minutes. Robert Boyd, from The Bone Idols was crowned the ‘King of Ride’, covering 6,476 metres in eight minutes and Alex Taylor, from Girls Love Fit was crowned the ‘Queen of Ride’ with a distance of 5.304 metres.
Nicole Gerrard, JDRF’s Senior Fundraiser for Salisbury, said:
'We have been really excited about this year’s Ride to Cure Diabetes events and it was great to cheer on teams in Salisbury. Everyone who took part will be making a valuable contribution to our research, which aims to cure, treat and prevent this condition that has a life-long impact on those diagnosed with it and their families. We are entirely grateful to everyone who helped to make this happen and well done to everyone who took part this year - here’s to the next challenge!'
Ride to Cure Diabetes is part of JDRF’s wider Cycle to Cure Diabetes campaign, which encourages the public to raise money on two wheels for 2013. So, if you have been inspired by the likes of Olympians Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy and want to hit the saddle, sign up today »