NFU Mutual Wessex sponsors historic cycle ride

By Nick Batten on 24 September, 2019

NFU Mutual Wessex has confirmed it is sponsoring Ride the Trafalgar Way,’ a 500 kilometre cycle ride due to take place on the 28th and 29th September.

Ride the Trafalgar Way is one of the most historic long-distance cycle rides in the UK and follows the route taken by Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere – the man who carried news from Falmouth to London of Britain’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

While Lapenotiere’s journey took 37 hours using horses, Ride the Trafalgar Way cyclists must now complete the ride in under 34 hours on their own trusty aluminium steeds. The route starts in Falmouth and passes through Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Surrey before finishing in London.

Participating cyclists will make a pit stop in Salisbury, close to NFU Mutual Wessex’s Salisbury office, giving the local community an opportunity to watch the event and cheer participants on their way.

The event is founded, delivered and managed by Jim Bellinger, one of the UK’s leading major sporting events consultants, and has been designed every step of the way with cyclists in mind.

Jim, Event Director of Ride The Trafalgar Way, explained, “Delivering and safely managing an event of this distance and timescale is a logistical challenge. The support provided by NFU Mutual Wessex means we can safely deliver a fantastic experience to our riders, some of whom are riding to raise money for great charitable causes. We would like to thank them for coming on board and supporting Ride the Trafalgar Way in 2019.”

Simon Hedges, Agent NFU Mutual Wessex, said, “We are delighted to support the RTTW this year, and are proud to enable such a worthy and historic event to take place that the whole community can enjoy. It’s set to be a fantastic event and we’re excited to see the riders in town. Good luck to Jim and his team, and all the riders taking part in Ride the Trafalgar Way.”

For more information on the range of NFU Mutual insurance services, or NFU Membership, please feel free to contact either the Salisbury or Wareham office of the Wessex agency.