Andrew Simpson Foundation to Unite Cyclists & Sailors!
Andrew Simpson Foundation: The Sailing Charity is to unite sailors and cyclists with a brand-new fundraising and cycling event in memory of Olympic Gold Medallist and America’s Cup Sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. Bike4Bart will take place on Sunday 2nd September 2018 from Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Dorset.
Cycling inland from the Isle of Portland and the home of the Andrew Simpson Foundation, the three different route options will head into Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a real treat of a ride whatever your ability level. With a mixture of spectacular views, leg-pumping climbs and historical scenery the route will always have something to keep everyone interested.
Alongside the Cycling event, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre – Portland, (also based at the National Sailing Academy) will throw its doors open to the public offering a variety of free sailing and water-based activities, culminating in a great fun day for all the family.
Bike4Bart aims to help raise awareness of the amazing work that is currently carried out by the Andrew Simpson Foundation around the world, and to raise funds, allowing the sailing charity to continue both increasing participation in the sport and improving the lives of disadvantaged young people.
CEO Richard Percy said “Like many others within the sailing community, Andrew was a keen cyclist. Therefore, we decided it would be a fitting tribute to organise a cycling event in his honour which will start and end at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, the home of the Foundation, and where he trained for his Olympic campaigns. The principle of this event is to help introduce cyclists that don’t currently sail, into the sport of sailing – and there’s no better place to do so than the home of the British Sailing Team”.
To sign up to Bike4Bart as an individual or as a team please visit www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/bike-4-bart-charity-sportive/