A growing team of cyclists have been in training for a challenging charity bike ride around Lake Vyrnwy on adapted and conventional bikes in aid of Derwen College.
Derwen College Sports Co-ordinator Steve Evans will be tackling the route around the Mid Wales lake on an adapted bike, accompanying student Mackenzie Beeson and host of pedal-powered supporters for Mack’s Challenge on Sunday, 7th July.
Steve is one of an adventurous team which includes student Mackenzie Beeson, his father Shane Beeson, 10 students from the college as well as supporters including Oswestry Masons David Towers and Pete Adams.
The Mack’s Challenge team have all been inspired by Mackenzie’s love of cycling his specially adapted bike. Mack’s Challenge is raising funds for Derwen College – a specialist further education college for young adults with special educational need and disablilities (SEND) near Oswestry.
Sports Co-ordinator Steve was so impressed with the effort and commitment shown by Mackenzie and fellow students that he has pledged to complete the challenge on an adapted bike rather than a conventional two-wheeler.
He said: “These students’ commitment to cycling Lake Vyrnwy has been inspirational. I wanted to understand and highlight the challenge of riding an adapted bike on a long-distance route by trying one out myself. It has taken me out of my comfort zone and given me more of an understanding of how hard Mack is pushing himself for this challenge.”
Seven students visited Pedal Power Wrexham Alyn Waters Country Park to take to the saddle and practice for the big event along with Steve, David Towers from Lodge of St Oswald and Pete Adams of Cae Glas Lodge in Oswestry.
Mackenzie has been out and about raising awareness for ‘Mack’s Challenge’ and has already raised more than £800. He promoted Mack’s Challenge at the college’s Summer Fete and again at Oswestry Market where shoppers supported him generously.
To donate money for Mack’s Challenge please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/mackschallenge