In April a team from Merit undertook the "Coast 2 Coast Cycle Challenge" to help raise money for 'Help for Heroes' and 'Riders for Health'.
Starting in Workington, Cumbria on Thursday 19th April they travelled 140 miles in three days, finishing at Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear on Saturday 21st April. Over the three days the route took them along Main Road (4%), Minor Roads (50%), Cyclepaths / Off Road (46%) and up some very hilly climbs, the highest point being 609 metres above Sea Level.
At first they want to do this "just for the hell of it" but soon realised that they would be using up a lot of energy for nothing more than personal satisfaction and bragging rights. Therefore, they decided to take on the challenge as a "Charity Event", so that their efforts could raise money for some very worthwhile causes.
Merit is very lucky to have close links with the Biking Community and we were delighted to announce that Bradley Smith, Brent Nichol, Taylor MacKenzie and Niall MacKenzie would be joining us for the last day of the "C2C Challenge". Bradley was competing for the 2nd year in the Moto2 Class before graduating to MotoGP this season on a Yamaha. Taylor competed on the world stage 2011 in the 125cc Class.
Niall MacKenzie is Taylor's father and is the only person to have won the British Superbike Championship 3 years in succession after competing for most of his career on factory 500cc bikes in the World Championship. We would like to extend our thanks to them for all their support and it was fantastic to see them on the day.