Local Bike Fan Grows Charity Challenge with Boost from Local Companies

Each year the small learning disability charity called ‘Pursuing Independent Paths’ (PIP) takes to the hills and organises a 20-mile charity mountain bike event.  This year’s event takes place on 15 October starting from Lovibonds Brewery at 10am.

Event founder and charity CEO, Bill Feeney (pictured above), is a BIG mountain biking fan. Chatting with other locals in the towns brewery tap he found a shared passion and way to raise essential charity funds. This year several local businesses are participating and supporting the event helping make it the biggest and best yet: Lovibonds, Bosley Patch, Henley IS, Athlete Service, Henley Cycles, AW Cycles, Saddle Safari, Machins Butchers, Waitrose Henley store and Café Copia. There is still time to get your company in on the action with space for three more corporate teams to sign up a few colleagues to undertake the mountain bike challenge!

Now in its fifth year the event has space for 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.

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.

‘The volunteers, PIP staff and of course the charity’s students will be there too. Their passion and enthusiasm for supporting people with learning disabilities and autism will drive you to the finishing line, making a brilliant Autumn biking day all round.’  Bill Feeney, CEO.

Sign up company teams, individuals or volunteer to assist the race organisers on the day.  PIP Mountain Bike Challenge – handful of places left.  Feel-good factor guaranteed!  www.piponline.org.uk/mbc