May 18 2013 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Thousands cycled across the capital as they took part in the London Bikeathon and helped raise funds for a blood cancer charity.
Cyclists took in landmarks such as ExCeL, Canary Wharf, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge in the 16th London Bikeathon for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The London Bikeathon starts from three locations: Thames Barrier Park in the East, the National Trust’s Ham House in the West and the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Central London. The routes range from 13, 26 and 52 miles.
Among the thousands were a 14-strong team from Credit Suisse who took on the London 2012 Olympic Games road race course, which sees riders climb Boxhill in Surrey and follow the same route on which Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome and Lizzie Armistead took on in July.
A spokesperson for the Credit Suisse team said: “Some members of the team have been personally affected by blood cancers within their family so were determined to give back to the charity and help fund cutting edge research into better treatments for the diseases.”
Dan Solley, Head of Sports Events at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “It is great that the staff at Credit Suisse are taking part in the London Bikeathon and raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The money raised will be invested in our leading research into better treatments and cures for blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
Last year the London Bikeathon raised over £500,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.