Radiologists saddle up for 100-mile cycle challenge


A group of Radiologists will be swapping scanners for saddles as they raise funds for child patients.  

Consultant Interventional Radiologist Dr David Wells and four colleagues from the Royal Stoke University Hospital will be tackling the 100-mile challenge on 12 May raise money for the Paediatric Radiology Department through the UHNM Charity.

Dr Wells said, “Being in hospital can be a traumatic experience for all children, but especially for those with disabilities. Distraction is a great way of putting children at ease prior to and during investigations as part of their treatment, and we hope to be able to buy equipment to support them”

Starting in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, the route takes riders through Solihull, Warwickshire, Dudley and Sandwell on the way to Coventry where riders will cycle on the cobbled roads surrounding the historic Coventry Cathedral before heading back to the second city.

Speaking about the Velo, Dr Wells added, “We’re all keen mountain bikers, and thought a road event would be a new and exciting challenge. The Velo Birmingham is perfect as it features a range of terrains. We’ve been training since the New Year on a range roads near to Stone and Uttoxeter, cycling up to 72 miles a time, but have never gone as far up as 100. We hope to complete the Velo in around six to seven hours.”   

To donate to team ‘Stone Enduro’ visit their Virgin Money Giving page

(Dr Wells (right) is pictured with fellow rider and Consultant Radiologist Dr Kader Allouni)