Staff from the Priory Group recently supported the Dallaglio Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust by taking part in the Dallaglio Cycle Slam which is a four stage gruelling cycle route.
Former England Rugby Captain, Commentator and BT Sport Ambassador Lawrence Dallaglio, lead the team of 150 riders. The first two stages weaved up and through the Italian and Swiss Alps on into France taking in some of the toughest stages of the Tour de France. The final stage began in Leeds last Friday where the riders cycled part of the new 2014 Tour de France route through Yorkshire, down through the Midlands, Oxfordshire and on into London arriving at Twickenham to a reception of friends and family.
The riders from Priory Group were CEO Tom Riall, Group Business Development Director Chris Screech, Director of Safety David Watts and Education Operations Director, Simon Coles. The team took part in ‘stage 2’ of the route, cycling from St Moritz in Switzerland to Chamonix in France, covering 565.1km and 12,759m climbing elevation over 5 days – that’s 42,000 feet of Alpine Climbing!
Dallaglio Cycle Slammers have raised an incredible £600,000, £80,000 of which was raised during ‘stage 2’ and nearly £10,000 was raised by the Priory Group riders alone. Lawrence Dallaglio, Priory Group riders and all other cyclists will continue to push this as close to £1million as possible over the coming recovery weeks.
David Watts explains how they came to be involved: “The idea to undertake the ride was ‘hatched’ during the Head Office Christmas meal. Chris made enquiries and found that there were still places left on Stage 2 of the Dallaglio Cycle Slam”.
“Things took off from there. During February and March Tom, Chris and I undertook short rides on an evening after work – progressing from 10 to 20 miles and then going further into the Surrey Hills. We then undertook a number of ‘sportives’ in preparation for the French Alps for example the New Forest and Dartmoor rides during which we acquitted ourselves very well despite our age!”
The money raised from the Dallaglio Cycle Slam will go towards the Dallaglio Foundation’s Social Inclusion programme which uses rugby as an engagement tool for disadvantaged young people to help ensure practical and long-standing improvements in their lives and the Teenage Cancer Trust, partner charity of the Dallaglio Foundation.
More details about the Dallaglio Cycle Slam can be found at www.dallagliocycleslam.com