Pat gears up for Ride of Remembrance marathon

Julie Bell - Gentoo Business Connector; Simon Kristiansen - Forward Assist; Pat Barraclough - Navy Veteran; Adrian Nellis - Recyke Y'Bike
Julie Bell - Gentoo Business Connector; Simon Kristiansen - Forward Assist; Pat Barraclough - Navy Veteran; Adrian Nellis - Recyke Y'Bike
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Veteran Pat Barraclough is hitting the road with a little help from his friends.

Pat initially struggled to make the transition back to Civvie Street and was supported by veterans’ charity Forward Assist.

The Ride of Remembrance has become integral to my recovery and without the backing from Forward Assist, Recyke Y’Bike and Gentoo’s Business Connector, it would not have been possible.

Pat Barraclough

He signed up to take part in the 320-mile Ride of Remembrance, which starts on Tuesday, to fund-raise for the group as a thank you.

The Ride of Remembrance, organised by the Foundation of Light, commemorates the 70th anniversary of World War Two, with cyclists travelling from Brussels to Paris, passing through some of the towns and landmarks associated with the War.

Pat needed a road bike that would be suitable for the five-day trip and property firm Gentoo Group stepped in to help.

Business Connector Julie Bell approached local social enterprise and charity Recyke Y’Bike, who agreed to donate a tailor-made bike that would withstand the distance and duration of Pat’s trip.

“I am so grateful for all of the support I have received to help me undertake this massive challenge,” said Pat.

“The Ride of Remembrance has become integral to my recovery and without the backing from Forward Assist, Recyke Y’Bike and Gentoo’s Business Connector, it would not have been possible.”

Recyke Y’Bike refurbishes bikes donated by the public, and sells some of them to raise funds to send quality bicycles to Africa through a variety of charities.

Worskshop manager Adrian Nellis, Recyke Y’Bike Workshop Manager, said: “It’s an amazing journey Pat is about to embark upon and we are really proud to be a part of that.”