Anyone who knows us fairly well won’t be surprised to hear that we have an entire room in our office dedicated to bikes. We use it for storing bikes, looking at bikes, cleaning bikes and fettling with bikes (fettling is a technical term, by the way). Our philosophy is that cycling is unquestionably the best way to get to work (even if you live 20 miles away), is good for the environment and good for our staff. We like healthy, happy people and as bikes make healthy and happy people we have allowed and indeed encouraged the taking over of an otherwise perfectly good room for this purpose.
Those of you who know us less well – particularly those of you who have only ever spoken to us over the phone – might be concerned to find out that some of the time we talk to you whilst dressed almost entirely in lycra and with sweat dripping down our foreheads. Telephone appointments don’t always fit around availability of the shower, you know…
Anyway, there’s a reason for us telling you this. We’re really pleased that our two co-founders, Nick and Nick, have been getting involved and have agreed to take a the massive challenge of completing a 100-mile sportive (a technical term for “bike ride”, apparently), in aid of a local charity whose cause runs very close to many of our hearts, Harry’s Rainbow. The event takes place this Sunday (21st July), and whilst they’ve been keeping cautiously quiet about it in public, we thought a bit of publicity might help their cause.
Harry’s Rainbow provides support and guidance to children and families who have been bereaved by the loss of a close relative. They do this by running a range of activities, support groups and trips, as well as providing access to a range of information and services. As a small, local charity they are grateful for any support that can be given.
The two Nicks are aiming to get round the course – which includes over 6,000 ft of hill climbing and takes in some of the most interesting parts of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland – in under 6 hours (hopefully allowing them time to get home to witness a British stage and overall win in the Tour de France). Considering that they are essentially a pair of idiots of bikes, that’s no mean feat.
In order to help them get a little extra motivated, we’re asking everyone we know who is in a position to help to donate just £2 to the cause. If everybody who reads this pledges that tiny amount, we’ll really be able to make a difference.
You can sponsor the boys by clicking right here: https://www.justgiving.com/mployability/
We’ll make sure we get some good pictures of the boys in their lycra for your viewing pleasure next week. In the meantime, you can check out our Twitter feed or our Facebook page for some updates on their last-minute preparations.