Sheffield charity riders beat Tour cyclists

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Super fundraisers saddled up to ride further than the Tour de France cyclists in a sponsored charity event.

Thanks to the help of staff from city businesses and customers, the team cycled a total of 648km in just one weekend using static bikes in the store.

Elite cyclists will have ridden a distance of 400km when they were in Yorkshire over the weekend.

Andy Liversidge, manager of the store, said: “People rode for 30 minutes as hard as they could to try and get to the 400km target - and by the end it was 648km so we absolutely smashed it.

“We ended up riding further than Chris Froome did during the length of stages one, two and three of the Tour.”

Money is still being collected but several hundred pounds have been raised to boost the residential project at St Wilfrid’s.

The event - dubbed Supa Spin Sunday - was also supported by a wide range of businesses.

Staff from Virgin Active gym, First buses, South Yorkshire Police and PE teacher Jenny Murray from King Edward School climbed aboard to pedal a few miles.

It will now become an annual event.

Deb Leonard, St Wilfrid’s development manager, said it had been a ‘great day’.

The store still has number of limited Sheffield Tour de France jerseys, which were donated by Sheffield Chamber, to auction off for the cause.

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