Over 1,500 cyclists came together last weekend to take part in the Mitie London Revolution, a 192 mile cycle ride around London, and the largest multi-day sportive in the UK.
The route took in iconic London landmarks, scenic back roads, and historic Olympic venues, such as the rowing lake at Eton Dorney, and Box Hill in Surrey which formed part of the 2012 Olympic road race.
Mitie, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, sponsored the event for the second year running, in association with its partner charity, the Mitie Foundation and social enterprise, Working Knowledge.
As part of the partnership Mitie has raised over £25,000 which will be used to set-up a new Business Development Academy. The academy will help harness the raw business talent of 12 young people by offering them formal business training as well as a year of work experience at Mitie as part of a recognised apprenticeship.
Over 200 Mitie people took part, either as riders or volunteers, in the event which was organised by Threshold Sports, the sports marketing agency co-founded by double Olympic rowing champion, James Cracknell.
Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Mitie’s Chief Executive, said:
“The Mitie London Revolution was a great way to connect with social enterprises to create positive change through sport. It has also helped to challenge our employees to think more about their own health and wellbeing.
“We’re passionate at Mitie about providing people with the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Partnering with organisations like Working Knowledge through the Mitie Foundation helps provide a brilliant start for young people in the world of work, as well as helping secure the future of companies like Mitie.”
The Mitie Foundation, set up by Mitie in 2013, is an independent charity focused on creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds to join the world of work, by raising aspirations and unlocking people’s true potential.
The charity is working in partnership with Working Knowledge, a social enterprise that creates chances for young people by opening doors into employment.
Make sure you register your interest for next year’s event to ensure you are first to find out when entries open for 2015. For more information visit www.london-revolution.com.