Forty-three women from various industries, including architecture, planning, investment and property management, arrived into Lisbon on Saturday 20th May, having cycled more than 500km (300 miles) and climbed 7,800m (25,500ft) from Porto in three days.
Cycling through some of Portugal’s most stunning scenery, they conquered challenging climbs, overcame long days in the saddle and endured temperatures of 32 degrees. Along the way, they have forged new business relationships, made new friends, and raised £34,000 so far for charity. Two-thirds of the funds raised will go to principal beneficiary Coram, the UK’s first children’s charity, for the Coram Adoption programme, which finds safe and loving homes for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children, including those who have suffered from abuse and neglect since birth.
Celebrating five years of pedElle – 150 women in property taking part and 2,500km cycled – co-founder Claire Treanor of Treanor Consulting commented, “This year’s event may have been the most demanding pedElle to date, and certainly one of the most scenic. We had an incredible group of women, who just kept going! It has been wonderful to see the event grow across professions, ages and levels of seniority. So many have said they achieved a challenge they wouldn’t have thought possible – it’s a massive credit to their commitment, enthusiasm and spirit.”
Co-founder Jennifer Ross of Tibbalds Consulting, added, “It was undoubtedly the most challenging of all our rides to date, thanks to a combination of the heat, the terrain and the length of the days. However everyone got stuck in and supported each other through. New friendships were formed and existing friendships reinforced: everyone should be really proud of themselves.”
Emily Knott from headline sponsor Legal & General Real Assets – who has ridden in two pedElle events – said, “As ever the challenge presented by pedElle was a tough one, and in stark contrast to last year’s snowy mountaintop scenes. But just like last year’s event, the challenge brought everyone together – the support that we received out on the road ensured that every rider made it through.”
Working together as one peloton, the cyclists benefitted from a pro rider experience, with full crew support in the form of lead car, mechanic, paramedic and sports injury therapists, catering and a luggage van, which enabled them to deal with everything that they faced on the ride and concentrate purely on cycling.
Nick Hanmer, CEO of Club Peloton, commented, “In five years, pedElle has gone from strength to strength and to see 43 women from the UK’s property industry take to their bikes this year is evidence of not just how far the event has grown, but the growing number of women taking up cycling. Every year, we welcome new riders into the fold and repeat riders back – it’s hugely positive not just for women in property but also for women in cycling.”