Tour de France de Yorkshire for Surgical Innovations

In case you didn’t already know, this year’s Tour de France will start in Yorkshire. So what else is a Yorkshire company to do, but have a go itself? 15 members of staff from Leeds-based device company Surgical Innovations are to cycle the route of the first stage in a bid to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust.


‘Team SI’ will be covering approximately 135 miles over the two day charity cycle challenge.  They will, where possible, be following the official Stage 1 route of the Tour de France, although adjusted to start and finish at the SI head office.

’Team SI’ has chosen to raise money on behalf of The Sick Children’s Trust, which provides free high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families whose children are seriously ill in hospital. The charity has a house in Leeds attached to the Leeds General Infirmary Hospital.

The challenge will take place from 2pm on Thursday 5th June and all day on Friday 6th June. Team SI will be waved off from their Leeds premises on Clayton Wood Bank by everyone at Surgical Innovations and members of the Sick Children’s Trust.

Company comments

SI Design Director Mike White, said “The idea came from David Main, one of our Senior Design Engineers, who has embraced the spirit of the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this year. David has pretty much single handedly arranged the whole event, from accommodation through to team kit and fundraising.

“He’s created a company challenge with a real buzz from the shop floor through to our office staff.   Many of the people in ‘Team SI’ have not ridden  a bike for years, but over the last few weeks they’ve all been pushing themselves to the limit with some strenuous training practice. The team is determined to complete this challenge and raise as much money as we can for charity.”

To sponsor ‘Team SI’ and support the work of the Sick Children’s Trust please visit their Just Giving web page: and show your support via Twitter using the hashtag ‘#TeamSI’.

Source: Surgical Innovations, plc


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