Over the past few weeks, we have been calling out on social media asking for support and sponsorship for a team of 6 Xceeders taking part in the South Downs Way Off-Road Bike Ride to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

The event has now taken place and I am delighted to share that the team, made up of John Casserly, Neil Platt, Sam Lewis, Ross Casserly, Alfredo Furmanek and Paul Kho, completed the 35-mile course and more impressively, raised just under £2000 for the British Heart Foundation.

Here is a brief account of the day from team member Ross Casserly: 

Starting in Devil’s Dyke, the team navigated 6 arduous climbs over a 35-mile route to Eastbourne. The day got off to a great start, with 5 of the troops enjoying a rather unwanted warm up consisting of an extra 5 miles and a 700ft climb from the bike rental shop to the start line. The group’s luck didn’t get any better after the start either, with Alfredo’s chain snapping a mere 3 miles into the ride eating up 45 minutes of precious time waiting for the course mechanic to save the day.

Not much to report on in the middle section of the route apart from the seemingly endless climbs and enormous cows patrolling the paths, which it’s safe to say had Sam in particular a little on edge! A lack of course signage in the home stretch saw both John and Paul take their off-road challenge on-road, resulting in both finishing off their rides with a scenic trip up one of Eastbourne’s busiest dual-carriageways.

In the end though all 6 of the riders made it across the finish line in one piece, with the final man rolling to the end in at around the 6 hour mark and were all rewarded with a complementary massage to ease up those tired legs. 

John Casserly, CEO and cycling team member praised the group: “I would like to thank the team for the way in which they all prepared for the event, the great character and attitude displayed throughout the day to make the grueling task fun and enjoyable and a big thanks to everyone who donated to the cause and who allowed us to raise just under £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation.”

“The British Heart Foundation’s total target for the event was £80,000 so it’s great to see Xceed make a great contribution towards this. A special thank you also goes out to our Head of Operations, Rachna Farma who helped organise and coordinate the event and fundraise for the team from behind the scene.” 

It’s not too late to donate and help the team tip the £2000 mark, go on, you know you want to!

Keep an eye out on our LinkedIn and Twitter page for our next fundraising challenge.