An 18-strong team representing the GFG Alliance, including some of the organisation’s top directors, took to the roads of the Highlands on two wheels this weekend as they pedalled furiously around Loch Ness to raise cash for a range of good causes.
Both GFG’s chief investment officer, Jay Hambro, and chief executive of its industrial businesses, Liberty Industries Group, Dr Douglas Dawson, led the way as the team from GFG – the business which owns the aluminium smelter at Fort William – set a red hot pace along the 66-mile route of the annual Etape Loch Ness road race.
As well as supporting the official event charity Macmillan Cancer Support, Dr Dawson was cycling on behalf of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, raising a total of over £10,000.
Group general counsel Simon Nasta also completed the course for Alive and Kicking, an African sports charity, raising almost £5,000 in the process.
“Raising money for a cause as worthy as the Motor Neurone Disease Association has made all the effort and hours involved whilst training for this gruelling cycle ride on a GFG Alliance, hand-made Shand Cycles classic “Rizello” road bike worthwhile,” Dr Dawson said.
“As a Scotsman, I’m proud to have participated in this iconic event within the cycling calendar set to the backdrop of such stunning scenery. The aching legs are a sacrifice worth making!”
Shand Cycles, which is part of the GFG Alliance and manufactures bikes at its base in Livingston, was also at the event providing free mechanical and technical assistance to riders.