Tracy gets on her bike ...
TRACY GETS ON HER BIKE FOR A NEW CHALLENGE.............and Dave helps out!
Following her success in completing her first London marathon last year, Tracy from Rogers Racing (pickup truck #69) is currently in training with 3 other friends to cycle nearly 400miles in 4 days.
'Petes Dragons' (as the team is called) have signed up to participate in the Great British Bike Ride (“GBBR”), an organised cycle event from Lands End to Twickenham, a massive undertaking in its own right but made even more impressive by the fact that one of the team members (Alison) only learnt to ride a bike 2 months ago and none of the other Dragons were what could be described as “cyclists”.
The motivation for challenge is to celebrate the life of Alisons brother Peter Wicks who sadly passed away in January 2010. He was aged 24. Alison and Tracy along with the other 'dragons' Kate and Rachel decided that the only way to say thank you to the people and agencies that helped Pete’s family and friends through this hard time was to raise money and awareness for them, to ensure that they can help other families in their time of need.
When tidying Pete’s bedroom, Alison found the Dragon (now the teams logo) which Pete had recently had commissioned to put on his car. Hence the birth of Pete’s Dragons. Four normal(ish) hard working ladies, all with demanding jobs, families to look after and very little spare time. Despite this the challenge was set; to raise as much money as possible for the chosen charities.
The Dragons have been, and are still, undertaking an intensive training program, training for 6 days a week, together with all the other things they have to contend with in a normal working/family day; this fact alone indicates our dogged determination.
The charities which are being supported by the 'dragons are:
The Dartmoor and The Cornwall Search and Rescue who spent 4 days in some of the worst weather of the year carrying out intensive searches for Pete. A volunteer unit who are reliant on donations for their funding and Help for Heroes.
As part of our entry conditions a percentage of the money we raise will also go to Help for Hero’s a charity that needs no introduction but always needs funds.
Another link to Pickup Truck Racing is that one of Phil Whites (pickup truck #63) mechanics, Dave Morphew has kindly volunteered to give up his time to support the event as one of the out riders/support vehicle drivers.
Further information is available on the 'dragons' website at www.petesdragons.org.uk and also on Facebook under 'pete's dragons'.