Huxley takes part in the KIWL 500 bicycle charity ride
For the second year in a row, Huxley has sponsored The Knights in White Lycra (KIWL) 500 km bicycle charity ride. KIWL is an international group of men and women in Japan who 'get fit and give back' to society through sport and leisure. Partnering with YouMeWe NPO, this charity event aims to raise funds to improve the lives of abused and neglected children who live under care in orphanage home in Japan. The NPO also gives the children greater opportunities to achieve a successful career by providing educational support in coding and programming.
The ride was 500 km long – starting at Takasaki, Gunma and terminating in Fukushima within four days. This year, 42 amateur cyclists representing 14 countries participated – one of them being Aleksandar Pavlovic, Executive Consultant at Huxley Japan.
Day by day progress
Day 1: June 17 2019
The cyclists departed from Takasaki, Gunma at 7am heading off to Gala Yuzawa, a famous ski resort in Niigata. The ride was 112 km long and quite a tough one going uphill at nearly 1000 m in a day.
Day 2: June 18 2019
The cyclists spent a day going downhill. After leaving Gala Yuzawa, they managed to go as far as 148 km and reached Niigata-shi, located on the coast of Sea of Japan.
Day 3: June 19 2019
Unfortunately, on Day 3 the weather wasn’t on their side. The day started off with a bit of rain with gale-force winds kicking off 20 km in. The group then decided to call off the ride after three cyclists were lifted off their bikes by the wind and blown to the side of the road with two of them ending up in hospital for suspected broken ribs and arm. The group alternatively had to take the train to reach Aizu Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima to remain on track.
Day 4: June 20 2019
The group finally reached Fukushim-shi after a 95 km bike ride. They wrapped up the trip with a visit to an orphanage home for which they raised more than 10 million JPY. Everyone was touched when the children welcomed them with a presentation on the 13 different countries that represented all of the cyclists’ home countries.
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