From its early beginnings, founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan, Macmillan Cancer Support has grown to become the largest cancer care and support charity in the UK. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. They have the target to reach and improve the lives of every one of those people. They as well research into health services and the numbers, needs and experiences of cancer patients and their careers. This organization of course depends on donations and Sika UK had a great idea how to support the Macmillan Cancer Support.

100 cyclists fighting their ways

On 7th September 2013 nearly 100 cyclists of Sika UK – made up of staff, family, friends, and customers - descended on the tranquil Trough of Bowland to complete what will forever be known as one of the toughest cycle rides known to mankind…With two routes available (one at around 86 miles and one just short of 50 miles) there was no shortage of Lycra and friendly competitive banter as Sika UK was prepared for what they anticipated to be a reasonably difficult route.

Experiencing the joys of the Lancashire weather

The long distance cyclists headed out of Slaidburn car park early in the morning, with two colleagues overtaking our route marker and tour master whilst still putting out the way markers! The 50 milers joined the group later on as the route reached Gisburn Forest and the first of three tough climbs. The hills were relentless and by the time they were heading for Jubilee Tower there were more walkers than bicyclists, many of whom were slightly soggy after experiencing the joys of the Lancashire weather.

“Only three miles to go”

However some of the downhill sprints gave a chance for recovery with only one or two casualties – the worst of which was one colleague who ended up in hospital with multiple stitches but all were assured he is doing fine! Throughout the day the SikaRide volunteers were on hand to provide refreshments, encouragements and first aid for the weary cyclists, and to ensure no one veered too far off the course and ended up in Yorkshire.

Everyone agreed that one of the most welcome sights of the day were colleagues at Dunsop Bridge cheering the cyclists on with the reassuring cry of “Only three miles to go…”

Donation for Macmillan Cancer Support

The event took a large amount of organization both in terms of planning the route and the hospitality for lunch and back at the Tickled Trout Hotel. Sika UK thanks all of the volunteers who braved the cold and wet weather, and of course the whole thing wouldn’t have been possible without the determination of the cyclists – young and old, fit and… not so fit. Everybody did a fantastic job and made it a day to remember.

But the best part of all is the fact that as a team Sika UK has raised more than 2,600 € for Macmillan Cancer Support.