In their fifth fundraising ride for Breast Cancer Now, a team of 50 intrepid cyclists took to the hills of Northern Spain to raise money for the Sarah Greene Tribute Fund.
Sarah Greene passed away in 2006, aged just 44, after a brave 2 year struggle with triple negative breast cancer and all her family and friends have since grouped together to fundraise in her memory. They established the Sarah Greene Tribute Fund in 2007 with the main source of funding generated because of several cycle challenges (including rides in France, Ireland and Belgium). This is their fifth fundraising ride in support of Breast Cancer Now and incredibly they have already raised over £100,000 this year.
A group of 58 riders plus support crew began the Ruta Costa Verde cycle challenge starting from the extraordinary Guggenheim museum, Bilbao and ending at Santander seafront the route included many long climbs totaling nearly 27,000 feet (nearly the height of Everest) followed by less strenuous descents!
The ‘Queen Stage’ of the Costa Verde Challenge is a dramatic day on the bike, which took the team from beach dunes to a mountain-top 1,450m high (a climb of approximately 20 kilometers) , featuring the incredible Portillo de Lunada, a true pearl of Cantabria.
Despite the tired legs the team agreed that the challenge is ‘achievable by anyone’ and is a ‘wonderful personal goal’. The cyclists were surrounded by scenery that gets more dramatic with every kilometer and the steadily rising roads led them to an open landscape of wild grandeur. Stunning vistas of the grand valleys around and glorious coastal views, helped when will-power might have been lacking.
After the incredible challenge had been completed, the very happy but exhausted party arrived back safely with hundreds of photos capturing the epic 3 days of cycling. All the riders who took part in Ruta Costa Verde’s challenge had a really good time and their determination and no doubt sturdy legs helped them to the finish line.
One of the organisers, riders and a close family friend of Sarah, Simon Halden, said:
“It was really tough and probably one of the hardest rides we’ve done but nonetheless extremely rewarding.”
They have a concert planned for spring next year with the aim to raising even more for Breast Cancer Now in the coming months. All their funds go specifically to our work on triple negative breast cancer with the hope that one day no-one else will have to go through what Sarah did.
With their main focus on raising money for triple negative breast cancer research in Sarah’s memory, their truly amazing commitment to changing the future for all those affected by breast cancer for the better is clear for all to see.
View some photos from the trip:
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