In that typical British spirit of adventure, a team of cyclists from Bryken Ltd, the Liverpool-based precision sub-contract machinist, decided to cycle the Isle of Man TT course… because it was there. While at the same time raising £830 for two chosen charities. Of course, such an undertaking had to be done in style, so the team turned to its tooling partner WNT (UK), which kitted them out with cycling shirts and tops.
The Isle of Man TT course is challenging enough when using an engine for motive power, but to take on the 37 miles and 2953 feet of elevation including the gruelling six miles and 2000 feet of climbing the Snaefell mountain section tested the stamina of Michael Riley, Paul Barnes, Stuart Taylor, Chris Ronan, Kenny Ronan, Chris Steele, Stephen Gregg, Ian O'Brian, and Darren Millard. But they persevered, completing the ride in six hours, two of which were dedicated to making friends with the landlords of several pubs along the way!
“At the planning stage of the ride we had no particular reason for doing the Isle of Man TT Course, other than we all wanted to do it. What we did know was that we wanted to raise money for charity as part of our adventure and, having been on a few WNT charity events over the years we decided to donate what we raised to their two chosen charities, The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research,” says Michael Riley. “As we got closer to the event one of our team, Trevor Edwards, was diagnosed with throat cancer and was advised not to take part. The entire Bryken team completed the ride and all have vowed to return next year, with Trevor and raise more money for charity.