Essex Ford has lent a new Ford Tourneo Custom as a support vehicle for former England cricketer and Lord's Taverners ambassador Darren Gough and over 100 other cyclists as they ride in the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge.
The Challenge marks the 10th anniversary of England beating Australia 2-1 in 2005 Ashes and will see the fundraisers ride to all of the cricket grounds used in that series, beginning at Old Trafford on 12th July and pedalling on to Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Lord's, before crossing the line at The Oval on 15th July.
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Arranged by Investec Wealth & Investment, the charity cycle ride will travel over 300 miles raising funds for The Lord's Taverners, the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, and many other charities besides.
Goughie will be riding alongside several celebrity ambassadors, including former Spurs, West Ham and Stoke footballer, Matthew Etherington, and former Olympic diver, Leon Taylor.
Goughie said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge. I have been training hard in preparation and, having enjoyed many Ashes battles throughout my playing career, I'm now looking forward to a similar one on my bike!"
James Bedingfield, Senior Investment Director at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “We are delighted to once again be partnered with the Lord's Taverners for this fantastic challenge. We're proud cricket fans, and having the chance to support the marvellous work they do for young people is very exciting. It is fantastic to have Darren Gough as our ambassador for this year's challenge and, with even more riders on board this time, we are hoping that we can exceed the fundraising target that we achieved in 2013."
The success of the event in 2013 raised nearly £300,000 for The Lord's Taverners and other charities, so Goughie and his fellow riders have aimed to raise even more to provide at least five accessible Lord's Taverners minibuses for special educational needs schools across the UK, enabling young people with disabilities to enjoy sporting opportunities.
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord's Taverners, said: “Darren Gough was one of England's finest fast bowlers and one of the most passionate cricketers to have represented his country, so I'm sure he will display the same enthusiasm on the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge. Having such a high profile character on board should enable us to raise plenty of money and, ultimately, provide even more young people with a sporting chance. We are hugely grateful to the team at Investec Wealth & Investment for supporting the Lord's Taverners once again and wish them and Goughie the very best of luck!"