Land’s End to John O’Groats For ‘Top Tandem Crew’

Long standing St Albans Chamber of Commerce Director, Dave Clarke has cycled with his ‘Top Tandem Crew’ from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising over £2,000 for The Prince’s Trust and The Buffalo Foundation.

Dave, who is registered blind, has been sponsored by Babble Cloud and supported by a leading team to complete the 980-mile ‘Ride Across Britain’ challenge.  This includes Amthal’s Paul Rosenthal who travelled with him from Bath to Haydock.

The plan, set out from 10 – 18 September 2022, has seen Dave stoke all nine stages with different partners, riding throughout the nine days.

Says Dave Clarke: “This was an enormous challenge, but one I was absolutely determined to complete as a long held dream.  The opportunity to truly experience the full ambience of the journey from one end of Great Britain to another was incredible. And as someone who is totally blind, riding on the back of a tandem is a way of appreciating the sounds, smell and sheer beauty of the country we call home.”

“I am so grateful to Babble for the sponsor, and all the team who have supported me along the way, alongside those who have donated to the critical work of The Prince’s Trust and The Buffalo Foundation.  Both vital charities who do so much to inspire our next generation.”

Dave, who was captain of the 2012 Olympic GB blind football team, all-time leading goal scorer and a Paralympic Gold Medallist, has raised a significant amount for the charitable causes.  The Princes Trust and The Buffalo Foundation aim to make a lasting difference to those people less fortunate, and help them reach their full potential.

Paul Rosenthal, Amthal Sales Director and long term member of St Albans Chamber of Commerce cycled 200 miles of the journey.  He added: “I have known Dave for many years, both personally and through the Chamber.  He is an incredible guy who, despite being unsighted never ceases to amaze me in what he achieves and what he can do.  It was an absolute privilege to complete my part in the ‘Ride across Britain’ and help Dave towards his goal.”

Steve Maton, Commercial Director at Babble Cloud concluded: “The man, the legend that is Dave Clarke has been on the back of the tandem for the whole journey.  What he is doing is truly inspiring and we are so proud to have been involved to help him to achieve a long-held ambition.”

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