Competing in the Ride London to Essex 100-mile bike ride to raise money for Centrepoint charity, Steve Clark of Langton Green-based Chilstone Garden Ornaments said that homelessness has increased by 30 per cent during the pandemic.
Riding with him were local teammates Steve Bass of Bass Engineering, Mark Langley of Fine Wines for All, and Mark Tyrell of Chestnut Products, who completed the ride in under five hours 40 mins, raising over £6,200.
“The guys have been training for the event since February, clocking up thousands of miles,” said Steve Clark, “it is a huge achievement for each of them but most importantly the young people at Centrepoint will benefit.”
The Centrepoint homeless charity supports young people with housing, health and other issues, helping them to move on from homelessness and build a future.
The cyclists set off from Parliament Square in London and cycled into Essex through the Epping Forest and as far as great Dunmow and Felsted, before coming back to London and finishing on Tower Bridge.
The team’s fundraising page is at https://ridelondon.enthuse.com/pf/TheCPRiders