Our man Smithson to tackle cycle challenge

Our man Smithson to tackle cycle challenge

No sooner had Stuart Smithson joined the Irizar UK sales team than he’d pledged to  take on a grueller of a charity ride…


Here’s how you can help Stuart raise money for transport in Africa


Irizar UK Area Sales Manager Stuart Smithson is helping third-world transport problems by tackling one himself – a 240-mile cycle ride from London to Paris.


Stuart, who recently joined the sales team at the Worksop-based dealership, will be getting his head down for a four-day ride which even the organisers admit is ‘challenging.’ And now he’s looking for sponsors for the gruelling trek.


“I like to think I’m quite fit already, but I’ll need to do a fair bit of training for this,” said Stuart. “There are actually only three days of cycling in the event, so I’ll have to cover 80 miles a day – the equivalent of Coventry to London… three times.”


Irizar UK has set the ball rolling with an £800 donation, but Stuart says even a modest fiver will help speed him on his way in September and, at the same time, help Africa solve transport problems – even training bus drivers, and helping people get work.


“The charity, Transaid, has already helped farmers get crops to market, and the sick to reach medical care,” said Stuart. “It is making African roads safer by training drivers, and with reliable transport, helping trade to provide Africans with sustainable jobs. It’s a great cause, and highly relevant to our industry.”


Irizar UK is hoping to provide a live feed, tracking Stuart’s progress throughout the challenge, with daily updates which you can follow on our website; we’ll update you when this begins!


The sponsored ride starts on 22nd September. Sponsors can pledge support by going to https://www.justgiving.com/stuart-smithson1