Avid Cyclists and Dougie Mac supporters Andy De Caso and Mike Boston have jumped back in the saddle and organised a virtual bike ride in place of the annual Dougie Mac Bike Ride.
Due to current restrictions many events and activities have been cancelled, including Dougie Mac’s fundraising Bike Ride which sees cyclists from across the county take on distances of up to 101 miles.
Andy and Mike are no strangers to the event after taking part in 2019 alongside a group of friends nicknamed “The Mad Moorlanders”. The team raised in excess of £9,000 for the hospice as part of a larger fundraising challenge.
Still keen to support the hospice, Andy said: “We know times are difficult for everyone but the Bike Ride is a major fundraising event for Dougie Mac and its cancellation will have had a massive impact on their budget for 2020.”
From the safety of their own homes, Mike and friends took to their indoor bikes on Sunday 17th May, which would have been the Dougie Mac Bike Ride. The group cycled the 101 miles virtually over the course of nearly 5 hours.
Elated with the success of the ride, Andy said: “As planned we all met up in the virtual world of Watopia on Zwift for a prompt 9am start, in our homes across the Moorlands. It was tough going at times but the group worked hard and we all messaged each other through the duration of the ride to keep everyone supported and motivated to the finish.”
Andy, Mike were also joined by friends Tim Washington, Dave Booth, Paul Stoddard, Alan Johnson, Gary Simonds and Vickie Mills and have so far raised £1,115 to allow Dougie Mac to continue to provide its end of life care.
Donna Adams, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at Dougie Mac said: “We are delighted Andy, Mike and the team have chosen to support the hospice through this challenge. We have been blown away by the innovation from our local community to fundraise in a safe way in line with current restrictions, and this event is no exception. We understand it is a very difficult time for many people at the moment so we are really grateful to the team for thinking about us and helping us fundraise.”
If you would like to support the team, there is still time to make a donation via their JustGiving page- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dougiemacvirtual101