The Three Men on a Bike team arrived triumphantly at the 2012 Olympic Stadium in London on Friday having ridden all the way from Land's End.
The group raised over £20,000 for the Music for All and British Heart Foundation charities and former athlete and television presenter Kriss Akabusi was on hand to greet the riders at the end of the gruelling journey.
Earlier in the day the team had stopped at the Oasis Academy in Croydon for the penultimate stage of the exhausting ride. Here, the school’s children were presented with a cheque for £5,000 to buy new musical equipment, courtesy of the Music for All charity.
“What a staggering amount of money raised by three very tired directors of Roland UK. We are privileged and thankful for their support, and I can assure them that this money will further enhance a very successful and creative music department,” said Glen Denham, principal of Oasis Academy, Shirley Park.
Summing up an eventful and emotional week, Tim Walter, Roland UK’s managing director said: “Behind the scenes, there have been so many people that have helped and supported us, it would be impossible to mention everyone, but we’re eternally grateful to all involved. We also cannot forget all of our collective friends and family who have put up with us, our training, our lycra and bike jokes for the last six months. I hope everyone feels it was all worth it.”
“Seeing those kids on Friday and realising that what we have done can change people’s lives is humbling. Best of all, the support from across the industry has enabled us to really put the Music for All Charity on the map. For me, it’s also proved that with real determination anything is possible. I’m incredibly proud of the team and what we’ve achieved - an unforgettable journey over many months and miles. Lands End to London – we bloody well done it!”
Over the eight days, the riders were certainly put through their paces, with horrendous weather conditions, crazed drivers and punctures just some of the challenges they encountered and they were also joined by various guest riders (including Howard Jones) along the way. Three evening fundraising events, supported by MI companies such as Yamaha, Peavey, Sound Technology, Future and Anthem Publishing also helped them near their fund-raising target.
It’s not too late to support the event as the fundraising will continue until the MIA Awards event in November. Please visit the Three Men on a Bike website here and donate what you can.