Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Cyclists gear up for Western Link’s ‘The Big Ride’

A team of cyclists from the Western Link project is limbering up for the start of the project’s fundraising event The Big Ride 2014. The cyclists will depart from Hunterston, West Kilbride on 5th September to cycle over 500 kilometres to the new Flintshire Bridge converter station at Connah’s Quay in North Wales in just four days to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The fundraising event was created to celebrate the pioneering £1 billion Western Link project - a joint venture between National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission to bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in Wales and England that, on completion, will play a major part in helping the UK meet its renewable energy targets.

The cycling team, which includes volunteers from both companies, along with representatives from the project’s construction consortium of Siemens and Prysmian will mirror the 420 kilometre cable route by cycling from its northernmost point, at the site of the Hunterston converter station in West Kilbride, to the Flintshire Bridge converter station in North Wales.

Steve Roslow from The Big Ride 2014 said: “We have been heartened by the level of support we have received through donations to our charity page and from sponsorship of the event by our business partners. This project is about sustainability and connection and we felt this event was the best way to reflect that. We are now looking forward to setting off on 5th September and are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.”

You can find more details of the event here.

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