Gibb heads up Willow Bike Challenge

Gibb heads up Willow Bike Challenge


Event: 15 July 2012
Location: Stevenage
Report: Willow Foundation

Olympics cycling commentator Tony Gibb to head up inaugural charity Bike Challenge for the Willow Foundation.

Above: Tony Gibb at the ride launch in Fairlands Valley Park, which will be the HQ on the day.

The Willow Foundation is delighted to be able to announce it will be holding its inaugural Willow Bike Challenge on Sunday 15th July in Stevenage. A cycling challenge to suit everyone, the charity has managed to secure the support of professional cyclist and 2012 Olympics cycling commentator Tony Gibb.

Tony has assisted Willow in devising a three-tiered event which will allow cyclists of all levels to really stretch their legs. Starting and finishing in Fairlands Valley Park, in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, participants can choose to undertake one of the following routes:

100 miles for the experienced, competitive cyclists;
60 miles for the keen club cyclists; and
30 miles for the sane ones!

Each course will be fully signposted with two designated water and rest stops on each. Team Willow will be keeping pace with you all the way – support on the day will include:

bike mechanics and medics at the park;
support riders along all the routes;
plus vehicle support to lend a helping hand.

You can choose to participate as an individual or join forces with colleagues, family and friends to form a fundraising team.

When you sign up you will be in good company – as well as Tony Gibb, also participating will be Tour of Britain winner Neil Hoban and Cath Wiggins, wife of British professional track and road cyclist, Bradley.

Race organiser, Tony Gibb, said: “I’m proud to be able to be involved in this new fundraising challenge for the Willow Foundation – what better way to get fit and raise valuable funds for a great cause – come on, gear up and give!”

Willow Foundation co-founder and Life President, Bob Wilson, said: "Take part in the Willow Bike Challenge and enjoy a day of fitness and fundraising. Whichever distance you choose, every mile and every pound raised will make a positive, life-enhancing difference to individuals and their families living with a serious and life-threatening illness.”

Entry fees are £25 for over 18s or £12.50 for 12-17 year olds.

Register today at