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The Furniture Makers’ Company has confirmed that the charity bike ride event to Bordeaux is officially underway.

Launching on 11 September 2016, 22 cyclists geared up as they set off on the gruelling six day 450 mile bike ride from London to Bordeaux, with the aim of raising £50,000 for the industry’s charity.

Ready steady go sheriff christine rigden waves the cyclist off

Ready steady go! Sheriff Christine Rigden waves the cyclists off

The fundraiser has been organised by Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company and has so far raised £45,000, which includes £10,000 from a team cycling jersey.

Friends and family of the 22 riders were joined by Sheriff of London Dr Christine Rigden and Alderman Michael Mainelli for a bon voyage breakfast at Guildhall, London before the team’s departure at 8.00am.

Stopping to sample some fine French cuisine and wine along the way, the peloton will cycle to Portsmouth and then get a ferry across to St Malo so they can ride through French cities including Nantes, La Rochelle and Royan, before reaching Bordeaux on Friday 16 September.

Master Ben Burbidge said: “This is a very challenging bike ride, but it is for a great cause and one which is very close to all our hearts. I’d like to thank Sheriff Christine Rigden and Alderman Michael Mainelli for joining us for our bon voyage breakfast at Guildhall.

“The team have been training for months and we’re very excited for the off. The support we’ve received has been overwhelming and we would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us.”

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Proud sponsors of the bike ride

The companies that have sponsored the team cycling jersey are Axminster Tools & Machinery, B&Q, Blum, the British Furniture Manufacturers’ Association, Burbidge Kitchens, CD UK, Cabinet Maker, Celtheath Contract Furniture, Designer Contracts, Ercol, Furniture Village, KI, Knoll, Lectra, Rotadex, Silentnight and Tangent Furniture.

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The full list of participants are:

Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company/ Burbidge Kitchens

Hayden Davies, Junior Warden of The Furniture Makers’ Company

Brian Ahern

Michael Ahern

Lee Andrews, KI

Tony Attard OBE, Panaz

Peter Checketts, RHG Insurance Brokers

Jonathan Hindle, KI

Peter Hooper

John Irwin, Tangent Furniture

Amanda Johnson

Nigel Johnson

Stewart Linford

Graham Marley

Simon Power-Hynes, KI

Andrew Purves, Purves & Purves

Ian Peers, Ercol

Nicholas Radford, Nathan Furniture

Edward Tadros, Ercol

Henry Tadros, Ercol

Paul von der Heyde

William White, Rotadex