In 2016 many of us had a great holiday lying on a beach, admiring a beautiful view, visiting family and friends or just chilling out at home. But not Martijn Bast, our energetic operations director; he was busy getting ready for the ride of his life…..
The ‘Home Ride’ is something very special: a unique, annual, long-distance team cycling event to raise funds for the Ronald MacDonald Houses. The houses provide essential accommodation for the families of seriously ill children who often live far away from the hospital where they’re treated. The Ronald MacDonald Houses support 5, 214 families annually around the Netherlands. They offer a safe haven and make it possible for parents and family members to be close to their child; to share hugs, kisses and a bedtime story when they are most needed.
Experienced and amateur riders can take part in the Home Ride. Teams bike in relay form across the Netherlands, day and night, covering 500 kilometers in 24 hours. The 2016 event started in Maastricht and had a 150km detour through Germany before finishing in Groningen in the Netherlands. It is a demanding ride and it takes determination and perseverance, even for professional teams.
Martijn’s amateur team, the Rotary Bikers, battled against flat tyres, pitch-black darkness, heavy rain and high winds during their grueling ride. Most riders cover just a part of the challenging course, and rest once or twice along the way. Martijn decided to push himself to the limit. He completed the whole 500 kilometers without rest as a ‘full-rider’, quite an achievement for an amateur cyclist.
The team’s fighting spirit and motivation paid off and they raised a remarkable €24,230 for their local Ronald MacDonald House in the Hague. This made them one of the top fundraising teams in 2016. In all, 62 teams and 883 riders took part, raising more than €854,000. BioClin was proud to be a sponsor.
The seventh Home Ride takes place on 24 and 25 June, 2017. The 24 hour, 500 kilometer journey from Utrecht to Utrecht will take the shape of a heart – following the route of the Ronald McDonald Houses that will benefit from the money raised.