Siemens’ Big Summer Cycle Comes to Chippenham

Between 2 and 16 September, Siemens employees from around the globe are cycling 1,500 miles from Lisbon to Poole, visiting 15 of the company’s European locations along the way in just 15 days.

The event is being held to raise funds for three global charities – Worldwide Cancer Research, AZ Friends of ADI (Alzheimer research) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – and follows a similar charity ride in 2014, when a team cycled from Durham to Poole in aid of JDRF. The target this year is to raise £45,000.

This afternoon (15 September), the cyclists will arrive at Siemens Rail Automation’s UK head office in Chippenham and, after a good night’s sleep, will set off on the final leg of their journey, with a gentle seven-hour ride to Poole, their final destination.

Preparation and planning for the Big Summer Cycle began over a year ago and the cyclists have been training for months. Many are not serious cyclists but wanted to set themselves the challenge to get fit and contribute to charity. The four core riders will cycle up to 1,000 miles each, with Siemens employees from the UK, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands and even colleagues from the USA joining them along the way.

Commenting on the event, Neil Jenkins, a Senior Systems Engineer from Siemens in Chippenham and one of the cyclists involved in the challenge, said: “It’s both gratifying and humbling to be taking part in such a worthwhile event and to be sharing the experience with colleagues from around the world.

“It’s not just the cyclists that have been involved though. The event has captured everyone’s imagination, with fundraising activities taking place, such as bake sales, sweepstakes, jumble sales and a raffle. There is also a ‘Beat the Cyclist’ competition running in many Siemens’ offices, including Chippenham, the challenge being to cumulatively clock up more miles on static bikes than the riders cycling from Lisbon to Poole. And for every kilometre pedalled the company will donate £1 to the fundraising total.

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Siemens Rail Automation is a global leader in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of track-side and train-borne signalling and train control solutions. Its portfolio includes train control, interlocking systems, operations control systems, components, track vacancy detection, level-crossing protection, rail communications, cab radios, station systems and cargo automation for both passenger and freight rail operators.

Siemens employs over 14,000 people in the UK, with 1,650 people working in the Rail Automation division from offices in Chippenham, London, Croydon, Poole, Birmingham, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Manchester, York, Glasgow, Newport and Derby.

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