Swapping horsepower for pedal power

The parts advisor of a leading local motor dealership is swapping horsepower for pedal power to take part in the 230-mile Pedal 4 Pounds bike ride.

Wayne Gannon will tackle the challenge, from Arsenal to Huddersfield Town, in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s ‘Keep It Up’ appeal – and his employer, Sytner Volkswagen Huddersfield, has pledged to match whatever sponsorship he raises.

Wayne, aged 31, said: “I have a family member that has done four previous rides, and another who has done it once, so I decided it was probably time I got involved. Also, it is one of those things in life that I would rather say I have done, than pass up the opportunity.

“So far I have cycled up to 170 miles, so this is going to be a tough challenge, riding for four days, but I am really looking forward to taking part. I’m hoping to raise £500 for the charity.”

The Pedal 4 Pounds ride takes place from April 23-26 and sees participants cycle from the Emirates Stadium to Huddersfield Town, via Cambridge and Leicester, to support the Air Ambulance and the Huddersfield Town Academy.

Adrian Waring, brand manager at Huddersfield Volkswagen, said: “Although Wayne is surrounded by cars and parts all day in his work, he is doing a great thing swapping horsepower for pedal power to help two very worthy causes that help this neighbourhood.

“As a successful local business, we feel it is important to support community projects like this, so we are proud to match fund the money he raises. We hope he has a good ride and I’m sure his customers will look forward to hearing all about the trip when he gets back to the dealership.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Wayne can call into the dealership and add their contribution to the sponsor form.

Huddersfield Volkswagen is part of the Sytner group, which also has Volkswagen dealerships in Leeds and Harrogate.

For more information visit www.sytner.co.uk/volkswagen/huddersfield or call 01484 542001.