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£56k raised by Mix96 Tour de Vale cyclists

Wheelpower have highlighted some top fundraisers from this year's event.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:55am 21st December 2019. 4-minute read.

£56k raised by Mix96 Tour de Vale cyclists

An amazing £56,000 has been raised through the Mix96 Tour de Vale this year.

All the sponsorship has now been gathered for the cycling event, which happened in the summer and saw 1,409 people take part.

Wheelpower, who benefit from the cash, will use it to promote wheelchair sport.

he much-needed funds will enable WheelPower to transform the lives of disabled people across the nation by providing sporting opportunities and helping them to lead active lives, which has a direct impact on positive mental and physical health.

1,409 people took part in this year’s 17th Mix96 Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride on 9 June 2019 to enjoy three scenic cycle routes across Buckinghamshire, which all started and ended at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Jo Hall, Event Organiser comments on what a difference the funds will make for WheelPower:

"Year on year our local community supports our ride and yet again a fantastic amount of funds have been raised to continue our work of helping disabled children and adults take part in sport.

"A huge thank you to everyone that supports our largest fundraising event of the year!"

WheelPower gave awards to the fundraisers that had raised the most in the following categories

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Highest Individual Fundraiser:

Ian Coxhill has been awarded the Tour de Vale trophy for the Highest Individual Fundraiser, raising £586. 

A year ago, Ian could only cycle a maximum of 10 miles. Yet at the Mix96 Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride this year, he covered a hefty 100k (62 miles) in under 3 hours and 29 minutes.

Ian moved to Aylesbury 10 years ago. He reveals the moment he decided he wanted to take part in the Tour de Vale

"It was after I saw all the cyclists pedalling along the countryside as I was driving past, that was the moment I realised I wanted to be part of all that."

Ian trained on his bike from February 2019 and by June 2019 he was all set.

"It was the best sporting event I have ever done! And to think you are doing it all for such a worthwhile cause, that tops it. Also, I found that the whole experience and excellent springboard to getting fit!"

Highest Group Fundraisers

Congratulations to the Haddenham Silver Cyclists who have come out tops in the Highest Group Fundraiser awards for Tour de Vale. The team of 5 raised £670 to transform the lives of newly paralysed adults and disabled children.

Ingrid, one of the cyclists on the Team, said:

"We are so delighted that we did the Tour de Vale, we’ve been doing it for several years, however we’re absolutely astounded that we’ve won the highest Group Fundraiser award!

“It’s fantastic, the more you raise the more you can inspire those you help to realise just how much they are capable of achieving too!"

The group cycled on a mix of electric bikes and mountain bikes, completing a 25k route and a 60k route across Buckinghamshire.

They all met through the Haddenham U3A and cycle once a month together after all nurturing a love of cycling in their youth.

Fellow cyclist Marie said:

"The toughest part was going up the hills right at the end near Ashendon, but we’d do it all over again, and we’re looking forward to returning again for Tour de Vale 2020!"

Highest Junior Fundraiser

The youngest Mix96 Tour de Vale fundraiser this year is Mateusz, who raised £694.58.

He said:

"I am thrilled to have raised so much for such a worthwhile cause. I asked family, friends and my football team to support me."

The next sponsored Mix96 Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride is set for Sunday 7th June 2020. Entries are open from February next year (2020).

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