The Caravan Guard cycling team rode to victory in the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, scooping the Team Award for raising the highest amount of sponsorship.
The insurance specialist’s founder and Chairman, Peter Wilby, set a challenging £10k sponsorship target as he saddled up for his 21st gruelling 70-mile ride in June this year.
And together with his eight-strong team they raised a record breaking £10,962, – earning the company the Highest Team Sponsorship Award and a new record Team Total for the event organisers.
Peter was presented with the award at the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride 2015 Wrap Party and Presentations on October 31st, which revealed the proceeds from this year’s event currently stand at £144,175, and the running total of monies raised for charity is £2,606,084.
The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride is an annual sponsored charity cycle ride taking in a 70 mile route from Wetherby to the coast at Filey. An entry of 2,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities take part in this great social ride, which is held in June each year.
Event Organiser, John Taylorson MBE, congratulated Halifax-based Caravan Guard on their fantastic team performance.
“The Caravan Guard total this year of £10,962 has broken all existing records and is a fantastic achievement,” he said. “Well done to you all and many thanks for your continued support for the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride. I hope our partnership continues for many years to come.”
Awards were also presented to individual riders by representatives of two of the sponsor companies, Premier Farnell & Brownridge Transport of Leeds, and proceeds of the ride were given to 10 Yorkshire charities.
Peter thanked his team for their pedal power and incredible efforts in smashing his sponsorship target.
“I’d also like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who sponsored the Caravan Guard team and for digging deep to raise in excess of £10,000 for many much needed causes,” he added.
Peter’s “Caravan Guard booster” doubled many donations from individuals, holiday park owners, caravan dealerships and suppliers, which meant the kind hearted company gifted £4,868 of its record breaking total.