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October 2019 was our busiest October ever – with five major events to organise, including our own Autumn Bike Camp in sunny Mallorca. Andy Cook Cycling are lucky enough to be involved with lots of amazing charities, and it’s these charities’ cycling events which provide us all with some of the best moments of our working year. Whether it’s an epic milestone ride for a small group of cyclists, or a major challenge ride for hundreds of novice riders, the enjoyment and sense of fulfillment each and every participant has on completion makes our job very easy.

In September and October this year, we were privileged to help a group of 360 female cyclists take on the challenge of riding from London to Paris in just three days – as each group crossed the finish line at the Eiffel Tower, we were overwhelmed with happiness and pride at the feat these fantastic women had achieved. It was equally remarkable to lead a small group of Deutsche Bank employees mixed-ability riders on their successful 465 mile journey from London to Frankfurt over 4 days last month. At the other end of the scale, 1500 people of all ages and ability took on the British Heart Foundation Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride – and it was wonderful to see them cross the finish line in Blackpool with smiles on their faces, despite the very cold night! This is what makes us do what we do at Andy Cook Cycling. 

Equally as heart-warming as the sense of achievement and happiness these events instil in people of all walks of life, is the amazing amount of money they raise for excellent causes. This October, Andy Cook Cycling-supported events have raised over £1million for some really worthy causes – and we are so proud of this fact. The ladies on the London to Paris rides in September and October have so far raised a whopping £863,500 for Women V Cancer, which is made up of Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – well done girls! The participants of the Deutsche Bank London to Frankfurt ride raised over £75,000 for Cure Leukemia, which is incredible considering there were only 25 taking part! The British Heart Foundation Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride has so far raised £200,000 for this fantastic charity, which funds research into heart disease, and the money is still rolling in. In October, Andy Cook Cycling were also involved in the inaugural Vitesse Goodwood Race Series, which aimed to raise money and awareness for the FirstLight Trust – a charity which gives practical support to former emergency service and military personnel.  

We have lots of other exciting charities to support in 2019 – as well as continuing to work with our friends at British Heart Foundation, Women V Cancer, CALM and the National Autistic Society, we will be supporting Out of the Dark, Cure Leukemia, Blue Cross and many others. 

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In our spare time, we voluntarily organise and run races in our capacity as Chippenham Wheelers club members. These are not Andy Cook Cycling events, but you will see a lot of #teamacc helping out. We do it for the love of the sport, and to see what we love best - lots of people of all ages riding their bikes with smiles on their faces. This year’s #easterclassic was a fab day out at Castle Combe in the sunshine, and it was awesome seeing so many people out racing! 📸 Graham Lacey #castlecombeeasterclassic #goodfridayracing #chippenhamwheelersTo celebrate the launch of their mini but mighty tasty Energy Gummies, @high5sportsnutrition are giving 20 people the chance to win a HIGH5 Energy Gummies Bundle. Have you tried them? Enter now to win (copy and paste: https://highfive.co.uk/win/)☁️ It was a tad cold and grey for the first night of Castle Combe Tuesday Night cycling, but over 100 people came up for a ride (and a coffee from Shaun!) #trafficfreetraining #carfreecycling #everyonewelcome #andycookcycling #tuesdaynightcycling #castlecombecycling #castlecombecircuit @rich.lewton.photography @castlecombecircuituk @alecycling.uk👀 The 10th annual Severn Bridge Alè Sportive is now only 8 weeks away! Only £29 for beautiful routes, timing chip, feed stations with real food, a hot meal and HIGH5 & Alè-filled goody bag at the finish. Why not join us on Sunday 2nd June?? #andycookcycling #severnbridgesportive #high5sportsnutrition #alecycling #aleclothing #sportive #iconic #10thanniversary #valueformoneyWhat a lovely little event to work on. A private group taking on the old Lionheart Sportive route - a 100 mile loop starting near Longleat Safari Park. Everyone had a lovely time! Particular thanks to @yappaboutwine for an excellent feed station in their stunning courtyard - and for the wine crates which served stands for our trusty HIGH5 barrel! #lionheartsportive #andycookcycling #teamacc #yappbrothers #wineandcycling #high5 #pitstop #gooddayoutonthebike🙌🙌 THANK YOU to all our amazing ACC Mallorca staff for a fantastic two weeks: Kirsty for being the calm and reassuring face at the start of everyone’s trip; Ride Leaders Tony, Rich, Andy, Mark, Gillian, Simon, Dave, Ian, Paul, Jacqui, Scott, Tom for leading groups with such professionalism and experience; Bob & Molly for your priceless support and excellent quizzes; Lydia for keeping everyone’s bottles topped up! #andycookcycling #teamacc #theateam #springcamp #mallorcacycling #anotheryearover #sametimenextyearWhat a fantastic fortnight it has been on the Spring Camp. We will miss the sunshine, the views, the roads, the climbs and the food... but most of all we will miss all our wonderful clients. Until next time everyone! ☀️ 🍺 🚴‍♀️ 🚵🏽‍♂️ 🍰 🌅 #andycookcycling #teamacc #springcamp #mallorcacycling #mallorca #clubpollentia #portdepollença #trainingcamp #bikecampWe were very sad to hear of the death of the legendary Keith Butler yesterday. A huge supporter of the Andy Cook Cycling team and our Mallorca Bike Camps, and most importantly, a great friend to many of us here. We are sure he is smiling down at us as we pedal around the island today. You can read a tribute to Keith in Cycling Weekly (copy and paste the link): https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/keith-butler-1938-2019-410397/amp Thanks to @markwareham13 for the great photo of Keith, Andy, Ian and Bob in the early days of Andy Cook Cycling #legend #restinpeace #youwillbemissed #keithbutler