Each year the small learning disability charity, Pursuing Independent Paths (PIP) takes to the hills and organises a 20-mile charity mountain bike event. This year’s event is taking place on 15 October starting at 10am from Lovibonds Brewery in Greys Road Car Park.
Event founder, Henley resident and charity CEO, Bill Feeney, is a BIG mountain biking fan. He moved to Henley-on-Thames five years ago and whilst chatting with locals in the towns brewery tap found a shared passion! ‘What makes this event stand out is that you can come on your own or with friends or family and really feel part of it. It’s a smaller group than many ‘sporting challenges’ making it really sociable and easy to meet and chat to others – along with the challenge and pleasure of the biking.’
Now in its fifth year the event has grown to include 100 riders who meet at the micro-brewery for coffee and breakfast, before taking on the best 20-mile course of single track and climbs in the Chilterns. It’s tough enough for more experienced riders but accessible enough for beginners. Crossing the finish line means you’ve earnt a great pint of Lovibonds beer and tasty local food from Bosley Patch.
Pursuing Independent Paths (PIP) London charity: Supports adults with learning disabilities and autism (e.g. Down’s Syndrome, ‘Fragile X’ and other rare and indeed more common disabilities) to develop the skills and confidence they need to be more independent and achieve their potential. We use creative techniques and activities to encourage people to express themselves, learn and practice skills and have fun.
The smiling faces of students, volunteers and PIP staff will be there too and who can blame them for being happy? Together the team now raises over £35,000; that’s a huge feel good factor! Their passion and enthusiasm for supporting people with learning disabilities and autism will drive you to the line.
If you’d like to join the PIP Mountain Bike Challenge on 15th October 2016 visit piponline.org.uk/mbc. Feel-good factor guaranteed!