Ten architects are gearing up for a 440 mile charity bike ride from Edinburgh to London.
The team will attempt the grueling challenge in just four days, to raise awareness and funds for the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS).
They will leave on Friday 19th September from the offices of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS), Edinburgh, covering over 100 miles each day and the journey will culminate with the team arriving at the offices of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London.
President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) Michael Dougall of Collective Architecture, Glasgow, a keen cyclist and member of Glasgow Green Cycling Club, will be leading the way. Other team members are Andrew Cardwell and Neal Whittaker also of Collective Architecture, Marc Kilkenny of Marc Kilkenny Architecture, Nicholas Bone of Keppie Design, Matt Bridgestock of John Gilbert Architects, Carlo Guidi of INK Design, David Kennedy of Paul Davis and Partners, GIA Past President Michael Jarvis of MAST Architects and former GIA Vice President Stuart Gray.
Follow their progress on twitter @gia_tweet #RIAStoRIBA or via their blog at architectsinlycra.blogspot.co.uk.
Training for the challenge is gathering pace as the the start date in Edinburgh draws closer. Along the route the cyclists will cover a distance of over 100 miles a day and will climb a total of 18,200 ft.
Speaking about the epic bike ride, Michael Dougall, said: “We are ten architects who share a passion for cycling, this was the perfect opportunity to take part in something we love while raising money for such as worthwhile cause.
“We’re really looking forward to taking part in the challenge. We hope people get behind us and help us to reach our target for ABS.”
The GIA has been a regular benefactor to ABS, the only registered charity in the UK dedicated to helping past and present architects, assistants, AT Professionals and landscape architects and their families in times of need.
The ABS helps people of all ages who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other personal misfortune. The Society’s welfare team can provide financial assistance and confidential support and advice around issues such as state benefits, debt management, health and care concerns, and much more.
Sunand Prasad, President of ABS, said: “As President of the ABS and cyclist, I am thrilled to hear of the Edinburgh to London charity cycle ride in support of the ABS instigated by the Glasgow Institute of Architects. Best wishes and huge thanks in advance to all ten riders. I hope some of us will bring our fresh legs to your last leg in to Portland Place and the RIBA HQ.”
Robert Ball, Chief Executive of ABS, said: “This is a wonderful effort on behalf of the Society and we are so grateful to all those taking part in the long ride from Edinburgh to London. We all wish you the very best of luck. Thank you!”
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