The idea for DeutscheBike came from Adrian Munday and Sean Comer of Corporate Banking & Securities in the UK. “Born to Be got us thinking about how we could use cycling to raise money for our Charities of the Year. As a sport that enables anyone to discover their potential, we realised cycling is a natural fit for the bank’s youth engagement programme. I’m thrilled what began as a conversation in a pub has become DeutscheBike,” Adrian says.
Along with the rest of the riders, he spent many weeks preparing for the event. Riders had a 16-week training plan to get ready for challenges that range from climbs and descents and riding in a group to the tricky business of taking on board food and drink on the move. Deutsche employees from across the UK showed their support by sponsoring riders, helping them train and raising funds through DeutscheBike-themed activities.
Recently Deutsche Bank hosted a special employee event with DeutscheBike ambassador and former British racing cyclist Chris Boardman MBE. Chris Boardman answered keen questions from employees and spoke passionately about the highs and lows of life in the saddle, the value of nutrition, and his recent involvement to improve cycling facilities for the public. His advice to the training riders had been: “People want to push themselves to see what happens. You can choose your attitude; how you approach a challenge is your choice.”