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Avanti to cycle from Cornwall to Blackfriars in 24 hours for SOS Children

Avanti to cycle from Cornwall to Blackfriars in 24 hours for SOS Children

This weekend, a group of cyclists from communications company Avanti are challenging themselves to a 300-mile bike ride from their Goonhilly satellite facility in Cornwall to their headquarters in London to raise money for SOS Children. As if that wasn’t gruelling enough, they plan to do it in 24 hours!

AllTeam G2B24, named for their Goonhilly starting point and destination in Blackfriars, is a group made up of staff and friends of Avanti Communication Group. So far, around 20 riders have committed themselves to this epic journey, which will take place over 24 hours on 6th-7th July.

The route will take riders from the UK’s most southerly peninsula in Cornwall, through the West Country via Bodmin Moor and Hardy's Wessex, and all the way to London through the rolling hills of the Home Counties.

Riders intend to raise roughly £1000 each, with the group total expected to exceed £15,000. All sponsorship will go to SOS Children, and Avanti has agreed to offer basic support to cover direct expenses.

Guy Wilkinson, Operations Director at Avanti, has been key in organising the event. Reflecting on practicalities for the day, he says: “The idea is that riders will enter in teams and ride in relays, although several riders are attempting the entire distance solo - including myself!

Avanti map“Some of us are avid cyclists, some of us are keen “green commuters”, and some of us are complete novices, but we are all very determined to achieve our goal and raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause.”

The event is divided into eight 35-mile stages. Those participating by relay will cycle one or more of these stages, while the courageous few determined to complete the entire challenge solo will pause for a 30-minute rest period between each stage. With over 21,000 feet of climbing across the route and a total distance equivalent to two average-length stages of the Tour de France, a solo attempt will require serious grit and stamina.

Avanti has a history of support for SOS Children. In the past, it has provided donations through a variety of approaches, from payroll giving to events such as cake stalls, as well as provision of free internet access for Children’s Villages in Eastern Europe and South Africa.

To support the team, go to their BT MyDonate page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/g2b24.