Last year Ruben Broers was asked by a colleague to try to collect some money for charity; by taking part in a sponsored bike ride up Mont Ventoux. On the 24th September, he took up the challenge and stood, for the second time, at the foot of the mountain along with three colleagues from Bergschenhoek Luchtcomfort together as Team R-Vent, ready to “take on the mountain”.
Berkel en Rodenrijs/Bergschenhoek – Last year Reuben Broers was asked by a colleague to try to collect some money for charity; by taking part in a sponsored bike ride up Mont Ventoux. On the 24th September, he took up the challenge and stood, for the second time, at the foot of the mountain along with three colleagues from Bergschenhoek BV together as Team R-Vent, ready to “take on the mountain”.
Responding enthusiastically to the idea was one thing, but sticking to was another.
"Cycling wasn’t really my sport, but last year I bought a bike and after a little preparation I found myself for the first time along with 330 other cyclists next to that high mountain. The result: over € 192,000 collected for charity by the group. I am going again this year, along with 440 fellow cyclists/runners, to collect as much money as possible for the Alpentocht.nl charities. This year it is in aid of Kika, Make a Wish and the Support Casper Foundation, amongst others. I’ve been training two to three times a week to make sure I’m ready to take part”.
In 2012, three colleagues - all working in installation technology - decided to organise a sponsored bike ride for the Olivia Hendrickx Research Fund. With a group of 35 cyclists and supporters, they travelled to France to climb the Alpe d'Huez. A year later, the second edition of the “Fietsvrienden strijden tegen kanker” (Cycling Friends against cancer) Foundation was pencilled in. The number of participants - cyclists, runners, walkers - rose to 156 and there was no less than 37,000 Euros collected all together. Due to the many positive reactions, there was also a third trip organised, which resulted in a further 55,000 Euros. It was decided to move the Alpentocht 2015 from Alpe d'Huez to Mont Ventoux. Last year’s Alpentocht was fully booked with 336 participants and has become a serious installation event. With a close-knit group that collectively has one goal in mind: To battle cancer together. The organisation has raised 192,935 Euros for charity!
"Everyone has their own motivation for participating in the tour," Ruben now knows. "Personally, I think it's vitally important to make sure there are enough research funds. Cancer is a disease that everyone has to deal with at some time, either directly or indirectly, so it affects us all. Each participant pays his own costs for taking part so that all the sponsorship money goes to the charity; that’s something we all agreed on".
You can climb the mountain once, or more, if you wish. "Most people find once is enough; as did I last year. But this time I’ve had more time to train because I knew about it earlier".
On Wednesday 21st September, Ruben is heading to France where he will be pitching his tent on a campsite near the mountain. At half past nine on Saturday the 24th, the start signal will sound for the ascent to begin. "This time there’s also a butcher coming from Rotterdam who’s not only cycling with a team, but also providing a barbecue after the climb".
The ascent runs over 21 km of public road with an average gradient of 12%. At the halfway point, there is a DJ and some refreshments to help us on our way. "Last year the climb took me two hours and nine minutes. Improving my time is not a goal in itself but it is a sporting challenge".
There is still time to sponsor the R-Vent team. Information about the event can be found on www.alpentocht.nl