Despite not being natural cyclists, a team of from BRUIN Financial took part in a 100 mile static-cycle on 30th July. This was in support of a good friend of BRUIN, Steven Dowd (BNY Mellon), who should have been taking part in ‘Prudential RideLondon’ that same day.
In June 2016 whilst training for RideLondon, (the 100-mile charity cycle across the capital) Steven fell from his bike and sustained a devastating spinal cord injury. Immediately upon impact he lost all sensation and movement below his neck and was classified as tetraplegic – the total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. However, Steven was fortunate enough to be enrolled in an experimental trial funded by Wings For Life, a not-for-profit foundation that supports world-class spinal cord research and clinical trials around the globe.
Although not ‘back to normal’, without Wings for Life (and a natural stubborn streak) – it is absolutely certain that Steven would not have made the remarkable developments he has. Which is why Steven organised a sponsored static-cycle to tackle the 100 miles he originally trained for a year ago and invited a team from BRUIN to join him!
Held at the London RedBull headquarters, BRUIN buckled down to one of the 10 stations consisting of team bikes or solo riders (and one very junior participant!), who in total cycled 1010 miles, or 115% of the length of the UK. With a nail-biting finish Steven was able to meet his personal goal of finishing under 6 hours, managing an amazing 5h59m40s and raising over £16k.
The team from BRUIN managed to cycle the course in 4h51m42s, at an average speed of 20.6 mph, and raised over £2,000 for Wings For Life in the process!