Sept 20th saw over 900 cyclists take to the rolling hills of Hampshire in the second annual Tour de Test Valley cycle sportive, in memory of Nelson Pratt.
Cyclists took part to raise money for CALM and also awareness of the issue of male suicide, bringing together family and friends of Nelson’s, and also members of the public to honour his memory in what is an extraordinary legacy for a very special man.
As professional snowboarder and coach of the Team GB Olympic snowboarding team , Nelson was well loved and highly respected, which was reflected in the amount of snowboarding fraternity and friends who took part in the event, both as cyclists and event staff.
One of his protégées, Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Jones, was on hand to start the race, as well as completing the 50 mile route for the second year running. The event is also proud to have pro cyclist Alex Dowsett as an ambassador.
So far the event has raised over £30k so far, with that amount expected to rise significantly over the next few weeks, so already we are looking at a huge amount. We cannot thank everyone who took part and donated enough.
Last year, the money raised from Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley helped us keep our helpline and website running in order to help men in crisis, or those just in need of someone to talk to. Every call to our helpline costs us £6, and each call could be potentially life saving, so the money raised has had a profound affect on the amount of individuals we can help.
So a MONUMENTAL thanks to everyone who took part, and to Marcus Chapman and Chris Pratt for pulling it off in spectacular fashion – again! Thanks to Edie and Nigel Pratt for hosting the event, and to our volunteers, Marcia and Emily, who helped serve well earned tea and biscuits to cyclists.
The organisers would like to say a massive thanks to their brand partners VANS Footwear, Madison, Knight Frank, New Voice Media, Boldrocket, Halo Sports, Mule Bar, Andy Cook Cycling, Halo Sports AND all their amazing volunteers, especially the Army guys! Without the support of these companies and people none of this would have been possible. LEGENDS!
Riders who took part can find their race times and official photos from the event HERE
Here is a selection of photos from the day. You can view the full album on our Facebook page HERE:
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