WheelPower welcome MKFM as Title Sponsor of the MKFM Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride!
WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, are delighted to announce that Milton Keynes based radio station MKFM will become the title sponsor for the Tour de Vale charity bike ride in 2021. Since 2003, the Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride has raised £800,000 for WheelPower and we are very much looking forward to working alongside the team at MKFM to showcase this event to a wider audience across their network.
The Tour de Vale is organised by WheelPower from our home at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. The event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is very much community driven. It is popular with people of all abilities, from individuals & families to cycling clubs and is inclusive in every respect, welcoming many disabled cyclists to the start line.
Darren Dorrington, MKFM Chief Executive comments, “MKFM are proud to be working with WheelPower’s Tour de Vale next year and covering the event. After what has been a disaster of a year for outdoor events, we will all welcome this one and hoping more people than ever with join the cycle in 2021”
Prior to this year’s challenges, it was in 2019 that we saw over 1,400 riders on the start line at Stoke Mandeville before setting them off on their respective cycling challenges. Together they raised an amazing £56,000 for WheelPower and supported our programmes to reach even more people with disabilities to stay active and access sporting opportunities throughout the UK. In 2020 the event still took place in a ‘Alternative’ way as hundreds of riders challenged themselves over various distances during the month of September. We are so grateful for their continued support and we now look ahead to 2021 with the hope we can return to a more familiar Tour de Vale alongside our new sponsors MKFM.
Martin McElhatton, WheelPower Chief Executive concludes, “The Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride is WheelPower’s biggest fundraising event and we are delighted that it attracts families, club cyclists, and hand cyclists from our local community here in Buckinghamshire and beyond. The vital funds it raises help us to support disabled people who have had life changing injuries, which this year is of even greater importance due to many shielding and being isolated in their homes. By providing access to sport and physical activity opportunities, WheelPower help people to overcome their injuries and see a positive future. I am hugely proud of this event and I would like to thank MKFM and their audience for joining us on this journey over the coming year.”
A look back at the last Tour de Vale Bike Ride