In October the Just Pedal team and friends had a fantastic weekend in Spain at the Girona Gala and helped raise over €10,000 in support of the Qhubeka Foundation.
Arriving on Friday lunchtime in Girona, there was still plenty of time to explore the surrounding countryside on a sunny afternoon ride a great idea of what was to come over the next few days.
On Saturday professional cyclists Nathan Haas (Team Dimension Data) , Carlee Taylor (Team Ale Cippollini) and and also lead organisers of the event joined us on the Qhubeka coffee ride where we discovered more familiar faces from the world of cycling. Including former UK road racing champion an GCN presenter Matt Stephens.
The Gala was a formal dinner held at the beautiful venue in the heart of Girona’s historic city centre. Following the dinner there was a live auction of cycling memorabilia, bikes, and other bespoke pieces. The auction raised over €10,000 for the Qhubeka Foundation.
On Sunday morning tired faces went out on another 120km round trip to the sea, led by pro rider Carlee Taylor who shared her favourite training route with us.
After another evening out in the centre of the city there was still time for a quick ride on the Monday up the famous Els Angels climb before the flight home. An incredible weekend for anyone who loves cycling.
We are already planning the trip for 2018. Come and join us for an unforgettable weekend, riding with pro riders in the sun of Northern Spain and supporting a good cause! Click here to sign up!
About the Qhubeka Foundation
Qhubeka helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
We are World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief is a non-profit organisation transforming individuals and communities through The Power of Bicycles.
We accomplish this mission by designing, sourcing and manufacturing bicycles created to withstand rough terrain and load requirements while meeting the needs of students, healthcare workers, farmers and entrepreneurs.
We strengthen local economies and promote long-term sustainability by assembling bicycles locally, training mechanics, improving the spare parts supply chain, and providing high-quality, affordable bicycles to people in need of transportation.
The 2017 event has being presented with additional support from Dimension Data & Deloitte, who have kindly offered services and support to ensure the viability and maximum charity fundraising.