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Announcing the Anthesis Catalunya Cycle Challenge 2019

12 September 2019

Anthesis is excited to share the announcement of a charitable company bike tour through the Catalunya region of the Spanish Pyrenees mountains, raising funds for World Bicycle Relief. Commencing on the 28th of September, the ride will last four days, with a challenging itinerary of long mileage and substantial elevation gain.

About the Ride

This is the second year that Anthesis colleagues have organized a bike tour for a charitable cause, so the company bike tour is becoming a new tradition. In 2018, twelve Anthesians rode from London to Amsterdam raising money for UNICEF. This year’s bike tour has 15 members of the team, participating from the U.S., the U.K., and Spain.

This year’s route will begin in the town of Girona, a town 100 km north of Barcelona. The first day’s route will cover 85 km to end in the town of Manlleu, the second day the group will travel 105 km to the town of Puigcerda, day three will take the group 154 km to end in San Llorenc de Morunys, and the final day will have the group travelling 138 km ending the tour in Barcelona.

Catalunya bike tour

The bike tour was conceived as a way of bringing together Anthesis colleagues outside the office to build camaraderie, raise funds for a cause aligned with the company’s mission, and share an adventure reflective of the values of the company.

Tobias Parker, Director at Anthesis based in Bristol, United Kingdom, shares his reason for organizing the bike tour: “It’s all about connecting people across the Anthesis family. Last year we joined colleagues from the Bristol, Oxford and Manchester offices to cycle across the lowlands of the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, meeting colleagues along the way. This year, with the merging of Lavola in Catalonia, we felt it only right to up the challenge and try the mountains of the Pyrenees, which is a known pilgrimage for cyclists around the world.”

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Above: Snapshots from around the world of Anthesis bike team members training for the charity ride

About the Cause

This year, bike team members have chosen World Bicycle Relief as their cause, selected because of its mission to build mobility toward access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity through the placement of bicycles in communities most in need throughout the world. This charity directly links it operations with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger, outlining the mission to achieve food security and improved nutrition and to promote sustainable agriculture. Visit the team fundraiser page to donate to the Anthesis Catalunya Cycle Challenge.

Why Anthesians are Riding

Ben Tuxworth, Director based in Oxford, United Kingdom, explains why he was inspired to join the bike tour: “Cycling is a great way to have fun, do some good and get to know people better, and World Bicycle Relief does a fantastic job extending the many benefits of owning a bike to people in need around the world. So it’s a big win all round!

Jessica Onyshko, Principal Consultant based in Pittsburgh, PA, elaborates on the value of participating: “When I found out I had the opportunity to join my colleagues on a cycle trip in Spain I was ecstatic. However, not being an avid cyclist, I was hesitant to commit to the trip; but many of my team members both in the US and Europe encouraged me to join and supported me in the training process. It was during this time I truly realized that the culture we have at Anthesis, globally, is remarkable!”

Caterina Navarro, Education Coordinator based in Barcelona, Spain adds: “I’m really glad to join the Anthesis Catalunya Cycle Challenge because it is an opportunity to ride a bike, which for me is one of the greatest feelings of freedom, and a special way to get to know new colleagues.”

Follow the Ride

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter to see updates, photos and experiences shared from the tour in Catalunya.



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