BBC man to start Tour de Vale
Bucks-based BBC Art Editor Will Gompertz will start the Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Sunday June 9. Will has written extensively for The Guardian and The Times newspapers.
There are three interesting routes (100k, 60k, and 25k) for participants to enjoy across scenic countryside, all in aid of WheelPower to help provide life-changing opportunities for disabled children and adults to play sport and be more active.
The 100k route is designed for experienced cyclists, the 60k is a challenging ride with a few steep hills, and the 25k is a fun ride for all the family and free for under 16 year olds.
There are water stops on each route, marshals and support vehicles too to ensure safety.
Kris Aves, who was injured in the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge, will present medals to all riders who finish the ride.
He has demonstrated his resilience and shared his story. In March 2017 Kris was returning from a commendation ceremony with the Met Police. As he crossed Westminster Bridge he was hit by the car driven by a terrorist in an attack which killed five people and injured many.
Kris’s injuries put him in a coma for eight days. He had broken both legs, had a head injury, a damaged shoulder, sternum and suffered damage to his spinal cord. The attack left Kris needing to use a wheelchair, and with a permanent spinal injury.
Following rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville, Kris attended the Inter Spinal Unit Games in 2018. Kris was delighted to win a medal in a nine-ball pool competition and try many other sports. He is continuing his recovery at home with his family and sport is playing an important part in helping him see a positive future after his injury.
Martin McElhatton, Chief Executive of WheelPower, said: ‘The Mix96 Tour de Vale is WheelPower’s largest fundraising event and we rely on the generosity of those taking part to help us raise much needed funds to support disabled people and provide life-transforming opportunities in sport.
‘By entering the ride, people are helping WheelPower but if they can raise some additional funds through sponsorship this is a wonderful way of providing disabled children and adults with the change to access sport.
‘Riders can also buy the Mix96 Tour de Vale Cycling Jerseys available and every purchase supports the charity. We want everyone to have a safe ride and we are again offering a free of charge bike check on Sunday June 2 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium so your bike is in tip-top condition. We look forward to welcoming everyone for what promises to be a wonderful ride and thank everyone for supporting the bike ride again this year.’