Team RedBlack to ride Tour de France’s first stage in Etape de Yorkshire charity cycling event

FEBRUARY 13, 2014, YORK, ENGLAND – Staff at RedBlack Software have formed a ten-strong team to ride in Cyclists Fighting Cancer’s 120 mile Etape de Yorkshire event to be held on June 8, 2014.

Team RedBlack will be led by cycling enthusiast Andrew Throup, account manager at the firm. His daily routine already stands him in good stead for the challenge as he cycles a round trip of 27 miles each day to and from the company’s King Street offices in the city centre.

Etape de Yorkshire is a timed but non-competitive sporting event over the route of the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France, which this year will start in Yorkshire. The 120 mile route will go from Leeds to Harrogate via the North Yorkshire moors. Organisers are expecting 1000 riders to take part.

Andrew Throup says: “We’re very excited that the Tour de France is starting in Yorkshire this year. It’s a big thing not just for us but the country as a whole. We invited friends and customers to ride with us at the heart of the action and now we’ve got a ten-man team.”

Cancer has affected Andrew Throup’s family as well as a close friend, which inspired him to get Team RedBlack together and enter the Etape de Yorkshire event. The company has set up a Just Giving webpage to gather donations to Cyclists Fighting Cancer as sponsorship for its team at http://www.justgiving.com/TeamRedblack .

All participants will be kitted out in pro Team RedBlack cycling jerseys which will be emblazoned with the logos of all the companies that are sponsoring the team. RedBlack Software is hosting a reception for team-members and their friends and families after the day’s ride.

Etape de Yorkshire is organised by the charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre, a government organisation aligned to the NHS, based in Leeds. All proceeds from the event will go to CFC to help the charity with its work with children with cancer across the UK.

Andrew Throup says: “The fact that Etape de Yorkshire is timed but non-competitive means that while the event will appeal to more serious racers, it will also be fun for anyone who takes part. Saying that, Team RedBlack will be hitting the roads in the coming weeks to get some longer rides under our belts, including some hill-training as it’s not a flat route.”

Many colleagues at RedBlack are avid cyclists. The company’s sales-support department was a winner in last year’s York Cycle Challenge, a three-week competition between workplaces in the city. Their prize was to be part of the cycle escort for the Olympic torch as it travelled through York.

Team RedBlack members from the company include senior developer Steve Dickinson who recently completed a coast-to-coast cycle ride over two days, project manager Andrea Duempelmann, keen fell runner and senior developer Chris Roberts, company director Martin Coyle and account manager and team leader Andrew Throup.

Links:

Etape de Yorkshire: http://www.cyclistsfc.org.uk/events/etape-de-yorkshire-8th-june-2014

Official website for the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014: http://letour.yorkshire.com

Team RedBlack sponsorship/donations: http://www.justgiving.com/TeamRedblack

Team RedBlack riders (from left to right) Steve Dickinson, Andrea Duempelmann, Chris Roberts, Martin Coyle and team leader Andrew Throup.