Great Food at Leeds were proud to sponsor the catering for the Leeds University Union RAG (Raise & Give) Bike to Berlin event, which ran (or biked!) from the University of Leeds to Berlin between 9th – 18th June 2014. Along with our suppliers Total Foods, Freshfayre, Hebden & Poole and J&S, we provided the provisions for the 51 riders and the 7 members of the support team that took part in the event.

Laura Sparkes, who headed the peloton, had this to say:

Filling the Van

The Bike to Berlin crew fill the van with Great Food at Leeds goodies!

“The Bike to Berlin leaders and support team arrived back in the UK early on Friday morning. The trip was challenging for us (three teams nearly missed the ferry on the first day and my team found themselves in the middle of a German military panzer tank division exercise…) BUT it was a great success!

The food you secured for us was enough to see us through the whole trip. All the participants were bowled over by the generosity of Great Food at Leeds and its suppliers. The food makes SUCH a difference in these scenarios. On the third day, when our muscles were sore, our bottoms were saddle-shaped and we’d cycled through some extraordinarily hard rain, we arrived at the camp site to find hot chocolate and snacks ready for us. It was perfect and our moods were lifted and made ready for the next 5 days.

The brie sandwiches we started the trip with went down a storm and the brioche in particular was a great morale boost at the end of one of our 80 mile days. I could go on and on and on. I felt safe in the knowledge that all 58 of us got all of the nutrients and vitamins they needed.”

Bike to Berlin premiered in 2010 with 37 cyclists tackling the 550 mile route over 8 days to reach Berlin by pedal power alone. Each year the event raises money for a different charity, and this year every donation went straight to the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, who will be investing our raised funds into research into germ cell tumours in testicles and ovaries. The target of £20,000.00 has already been beaten, with current donations totalling £24,573.79. You can find out more about the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust here, and donations can be made here.

Bikes in a field

The riders go off-road in the countryside

The route included a cycle through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside to Hull, an overnight ferry to Rotterdam for two days cycling across the Netherlands before crossing the border into Germany. Once there, another five days were spent cycling east towards Berlin to arrive at the Brandenburg Gate. Each day they covered between 60 and 70 miles, fuelled by the delicious and nutritious food on offer from Great Food at Leeds.

Donella Fernyhough of Great Food at Leeds said:

“We have been doing this for several years now totally committed to helping our students whenever we can. The generosity of our local suppliers is also incredibly important to the success of the event.”

Great Food at Leeds always enjoys supporting events such as this, especially for such excellent and necessary causes. You can find out more about Great Food at Leeds by reading Our Story