Hobart warewash man to tackle 230-mile cross-Channel bike ride

Chris Birch, Team Velo London to Paris Cycle Challenge

Hobart Warewash’s marketing manager, Chris Birch, is tackling Springboard Charity’s 230-mile Team Velo London to Paris Cycle Challenge for the fourth time in a bid to raise money for charity.

Birch (left), a veteran of the hospitality industry and keen cyclist, has raised hundreds of pounds for Springboard during previous events and hopes to net a further £500 this year to help disadvantaged young people in hospitality.

He said: “I have worked in the hospitality industry since the age of 16 and have seen first-hand how vital charities like Springboard are. The Team Velo Challenge does not only help to raise critical funds for vulnerable individuals in hospitality but also provides a fantastic personal challenge and I have been training hard in the hope that this year, I can set a new personal best.”

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The race takes place on 21-23 September and will see teams of all abilities ride from the capital to the Eiffel Tower.

Each team will be able to choose their own route from one checkpoint to the next and will be monitored on a tracking device so that support vehicles can provide them with essential energy boosts and additional provisions.

Anybody wishing to help Birch reach his target can donate at the Just Giving page HERE.

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