WELL-KNOWN cyclist and businessman Mark Sandamas has returned from an intrepid 600-mile challenge ride across Europe.
Starting in Neustadt, Germany, Mark guided BBC Radio Lincolnshire breakfast presenter Rod Whiting, along with two reporters, all the way through to their arrival in Lincoln eight days later.
The ride was in aid of BBC Children in Need and so, of course, Pudsey was there the whole way too to keep spirits up. To date the riders have raised over £27,000 – an incredible amount that is still rising.
The group was treated regally in Neustadt, which is Lincoln’s twin town. The council took them on a special tour, culminating in a visit to a local wine producer where, after being shown around the vineyards and winery, they were given a wine masterclass.
This is the second time Mark, who owns Pendle-based Events Management company Pennine Events, has been involved with BBC Children in Need. Last year, he rode from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Blackpool Tower – a distance of 600 miles – with BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Graham Liver.
“When I was asked this year to help with the BBC Radio Lincolnshire challenge I jumped at the chance as I had so much fun last year, and it really is a great charity to help fund-raise for. I was amazed at the support last year with Graham raising over £24,000 and it’s great to see another ride and radio station get similar support this year. We’re already looking forward to another ride in future,” said Mark.