Catering equipment pros make light work of London-Paris cycling mission

A team of catering equipment professionals has raised thousands of pounds for industry charity Springboard after cycling 250 miles from London to Paris.

The ‘Team CESA’ group, which comprised Crystaltech’s Derek Maher, Williams’ Malcolm Harling, MCS Tech’s Vince Wetherall, Smeg’s Phil Coulstock and JLA’s Tony Thomas, were taking part in the Springboard Team Velo Challenge.

Despite leaving London in adverse weather conditions, they successfully completed the challenge and smashed their £2,000 fundraising target to reach £3,500.

Springboard helps young people achieve their potential, nurtures unemployed people of any age into work and strives to alleviate poverty by supporting those facing barriers into sustainable employment within the hospitality industry.

The team’s accomplishment was never in doubt given the credentials of each rider. Mr Maher has a total of 15 consecutive London Marathons to his name, Mr Harling has completed Ride London 100 twice and Mr Thomas has a 300 mile charity cycle under his belt.

Meanwhile, Mr Wetherall has completed several 100-mile Sportives and Mr Coulstock has taken part in multiple charity cycling events, including London to Paris in 2014, Venice to Milan in 2015 and a 60-mile night ride around the centre of London.

Mr Maher commented: “As a keen cyclist, I’ve taken part in quite a few long-distance cycle challenges and was really pleased that our team came seventh out of 16 teams in the challenge.  We are also delighted to have been able to raise well over our target for such a worthwhile cause and by doing something we all love.”

The team is still accepting donations, which can be made HERE.

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