On Monday, Club Peloton organised the the BCO London 2017 Festival of Cycling on behalf of the BCO (the British Council of Offices), with the assistance of Mark Lacey of Alinea, and Niall Aitken of Exigere. The cycling festival kicked off the BCO’s Annual Conference being held in London on Tuesday and Wednesday and conference attendees were given a place in the event or could nominate a colleague to do it in their place. The day was well attended by regular MIPIM riders and some new faces from pedElle as well as other companies in the office sector.
The day’s activities comprised a sportive leaving the Lee Valley Athletic Centre in north west London in the morning, with three routes of 150km, 100km or 50km, with most riders choosing to do the longest route and lunch provided at Lee Valley White Water Centre. The riders were self-guided, with either a Garmin route or map to follow, and the 50km route riders were followed by a mechanic and paramedic. Everyone completed the routes successfully, with only a few minor diversions, finishing in the Upper Lee Valley for the second half of the event.
Building on the legacy of the Olympics in 2012, the afternoon’s event was a festival of cycling around the Lee Valley VeloPark. The cyclists were welcomed to the VeloPark by cheerleaders, provided by Prolojik; Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects and chairman of BCO; and Peter Murray, chairman of the New London Architecture Centre. The festival’s events took place on the VeloPark’s purpose-built mile-long track, with a series of events including a time trial, Rollapaluza and Brompton racing, and was followed by a barbecue sponsored by Prolojik.
Matt Bugg from Make Architects commented, “Make celebrated the benefits of a healthy workplace on Monday by taking part in the British Council for Offices Cycle Sportive 2017 and Festival of Cycling at Lee Valley Athletics and VeloPark.”