Iron to Iron Cycling Challenge

Four of TBAT Innovation Ltd's team members are taking on the Iron to Iron cycling Challenge, to fundraise for the Brittle Bone Society (BBS).

The Challenge

On the 1st October 2022, four of TBAT Innovation Ltd’s team members, Chris Smith, Richard Hine, Ryan Mouncy, and Dave Schorah, will be taking on the Iron to Iron Cycling Challenge, to raise money for the Brittle Bone Society (BBS).

The team will be taking on the gruelling 300-mile Iron to Iron route, from Meldon Viaduct in Okehampton, Devon, to the Bennerley Viaduct in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, with over 16,000ft of uphill climbing, to be completed in just 3 days.

The Brittle Bone Society (BBS) is the team’s chosen charity as one of the TBAT team members has a child with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), making the cause close to their hearts.

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The Route

The Iron to Iron Cycling route begins at Meldon Viaduct in Okehampton, Devon, and ends 300 miles later at the Bennerley Viaduct in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The route allows the team to also take in some other iconic UK bridges, such as Clifton Suspension Bridge, Severn Bridge, Ironbridge, and Friargate Bridge.

The team expect to ride for approximately 22 hours over 3 days, in legs of 110 miles on Day 1, 110 miles on Day 2, and 80 on Day 3, to reach the finish line on 3rd October 2022.

With the team’s varying levels of road cycling experience, the journey could prove more daunting than it initially seems!

The Charity

The Brittle Bone Society is the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a rare condition also known as brittle bone disease.

One of TBAT’s team members has a child that was born with this incredibly rare condition; in support of their family and other families affected, the team of cyclists have chosen to raise money by taking on this ride!

The team has a fundraising goal of at least £2000 and would like to raise as much as possible, for this cause that’s so close to their hearts.

TBAT’s Sponsorship

TBAT Innovation Ltd is supporting this incredible fundraising cycling challenge by sponsoring the support transportation that the team needs, throughout the ride, as well as supporting the team’s fundraising and marketing efforts.

Colleague, Ian Davie is individually supporting the team by driving the support van – travelling with the team on every leg, providing moral support, cheering them along at every stage, and documenting the ride in photos.

Additionally, colleague, Samuel Woodward is joining the team to cycle the last leg; a welcome boost of fresh energy to get the team over the finish line.

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How to Get Involved

The simplest way to get involved with the fundraising effort is to make a donation to the Brittle Bone Society via the Just Giving page. The team is welcoming all donations – no matter how big or small.

The team is also welcoming any donations of kit and supplies to keep them going throughout their 3-day journey. If you’d like to discuss making a kit donation or getting involved in the ride in any other way, please get in touch with Richard Hine.

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