INSPIRED by Britain’s cycling success this summer, 46 employees of Michelin, Dundee, and their families, including several people from Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth, took to the roads at the weekend for a charity bike ride and raised an estimated £2,000 in the process.
The event, which was organised by the company, brought together young and old who turned out in force to raise money for the factory’s four charities of the year - Cash for Kids, National Deaf Children’s Society, The Inclusion Group and Youth Link Dundee.
Those taking part were invited to tackle one of three routes, all named after cycling legends: the ‘Hoy’, a 20-mile circular costal route with stunning views of the River Tay, the ‘Wiggins’, a slightly more challenging 35-mile course around Dundee city, or the ‘Contador’, a route round Angus for the really serious cyclists.
In order to take part, entrants were asked to raise £20 in sponsorship, or £10 for participants under 16. After completing their cycle, they were invited back to the Michelin Athletic Club on Drumgeith Road for refreshments.
Ian Peart, head of personnel at Michelin Dundee, said: “As part of our commitment to raise £40,000 in the year of our 40th anniversary of operations in Dundee, we’ve organised a number of fantastic community events that will help charities both near and far continue their good work.
“The senior bike event was a chance for the team to come together, get mobile and have fun – all for four great causes.”
The senior bike event was part of Michelin’s CSR activity, known as Performance and Responsibility Michelin (PRM). As part of the PRM framework the company has supported many worthwhile projects in the area.