Nick Powell, director of Lock Stock Self Storage in North Wales is participating in a bike race next month to raise money for St. Kentigern Hospice, which provides medical care and support to terminally ill patients and their families. Powell, who is aiming to raise £500 for the charity, will take part in the Vatternrundan, June 17-18, the world’s largest recreational bike race. The 186-mile contest circles Sweden’s Lake Vattern, the fifth largest lake in Europe. About 25,000 cyclists will participate in the overnight lap, according to the source.
During last year’s race, Powell completed the ride in about 12 hours, a time he hopes to beat this year. “It’s tough, and the best riders can do it in about eight hours; but it’s enjoyable, too,” he told the source. “The scenery is wonderful and the lake is very picturesque, and there’s an amazing atmosphere among the riders. ”Powell and other Lock Stock staff regularly support the hospice. “It is particularly important to us as our family [has] experienced some hard times due to cancer,” Powell said. His older brother, Simon, lost his 10-year battle with cancer at the age of 57, while his mother, Jean, is a cancer survivor. “We really appreciate the good work being done at St Kentigern’s, and any sponsors would be greatly appreciated,” he added.
Powell warmed up for the race by participating in the 100-mile Marches Sportive on April 10. He’s also cycling up to 200 miles a week, the source reported. Stuart Bowker, operations manager for Lock Stock and an experienced cyclist, often joins Powell during training rides. Bowker plans to participate in a different cycle event later this year.
Lock Stock has supplied Powell and Bowker with racing clothes in the company’s signature green and gold. In addition, the storage operator is looking to sponsor local cyclists by providing donations and equipment, and covering entry fees.
“Cycling is so popular now, and British cycling has had such a boost from the exploits of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas,” Powell said. “I’m sure there is plenty of young talent in our area. We’d be keen to hear from them and help them, and perhaps we could help groom a future Tour de France champion here—we’ve got the mountains for it.”
Lock Stock operates 14 facilities comprising 2,200 units in North Wales. The family-operated properties offer 24-hour access and video surveillance. It also provides moving services through its “Take Stock” van fleet.