Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich Race team is a small team of talented riders from the Ipswich and surrounding area with hopes of riding at the highest level of amateur cycling. Since forming in 2015 with 2 riders the team have consistently improved and expanded to s squad of 7 competing at regional and National level. Riders have been given the opportunity to race at the international 4day stage race called the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan but due to rising costs their trip looked to be jeopardised. Team manager James Fletcher said “This is so important to these young lads. They have trained for years to reach this level sometimes over 15 hours a week in the winter. They spend all their available money on cycling and although the team is generously supported by businesses the cost to compete internationally has been spiralling out of control.”
All appeared to be doomed as the costs for accommodation, transportation, food and a race specific roof rack accumulating faster than budgets could cope with.
James added “I have been concerned about the cost for days and was considering if the trip was still viable. I went to see Orwell Truck and Van who already support us and explained my dilemma. They were amazing and with a few changes and some good advice we were back on again.
Paul Simpson Sales Manager explained “We are proud of our involvement with the Race team. They are a local group of young people who need a bit of help to do what they are dedicated too. As an organisation we consider it our moral responsibility to give something back to the community that we live and work in. I made a couple of suggestions to save costs in connection with accommodation and ferry’s and we have provided a crew cab van to help get their equipment to the race.”
James Fletcher stated “A fresh pair of eyes from Paul was all we needed, plus having the van means we haven’t got to find resources to hire one. The result is, the trip is back on and hopefully the lads will show their appreciation by getting a result”
The Kerry Group Ras Mumhan race contains 4 road stages, and is hosted by Killorglin Cycling Club. The 500km route will start on Good Friday and finish four days later on Easter Monday. The event has been based in Killorglin since 1998, having been originally run in the 1950's.
Photo LtoR Paul Simpson Director Orwell Truck and Van, Ross Rawcett, Josh Aiken and Gary Freeman part of the cycle race team