City Businessmen Complete Cycle Challenge

City Businessmen Complete Cycle Challenge

Four Derby businessmen have raised more than £5,000 for a leading autism charity after cycling 220 miles non-stop from Manchester to London in 17 hours.

Mark Richardson from BB&J Commercial, Karl Paling from Stimulating Minds design agency, Mark Sheldrick from Mark Douglas Industrial Supplies and wealth management consultant James Kingswood from St James Place are all keen cyclists and regularly train together.

They joined nearly 200 other riders, including Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins, in the annual  Manchester to London challenge.

They set off from Manchester Velodrome at dawn and finished that night in London at the Tree House school in Haringay, run by Ambitious About Autism which was the charity recipient.

Mark Richardson from BB&J Commercial in Iron Gate said: “This ride was the ultimate challenge – tackling such a long distance and difficult terrain in just one day.

“Headwinds really sapped our legs from start to finish and a three-hour downpour at the end certainly didn’t help.

“There was however a lot of camaraderie on the ride and it was great to be joined by Sir Bradley Wiggins – although he finished way ahead of our group!”

The Derby team are continuing to collect money for the charity. Please visit


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Picture shows, left to right: Mark Sheldrick, James Kingswood, Karl Paling and Mark Richardson.

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