Fast Track strives up the Alps in charity bike ride with Branson

25th September 2018

Last week Fast Track’s founder, Hamish Stevenson, and 15 other Fast Track entrepreneurs successfully completed their 5 day bike ride from Monaco to Tignes, high in the French Alps with Richard Branson, his son Sam, and others. They were competing in stage 3 of the biennial Virgin STRIVE Challenge, raising significant funds for the youth charity Big Change.

The challenge

The team cycled over 560kms and climbed more than 15,000m (higher than two Mt Everests) – including six iconic Tour de France Cols such as the Col du Galibier and L’Iseran (13.4km at an average gradient of 7.3%) – the second highest road pass in Europe.


Here is a 50 second clip capturing one of Hamish’s many ‘breakdowns’, and his long climb up L’Iseran defending the yellow jersey (for effort).


This was stage 3 out of 5 by the core Virgin STRIVE team – including Fast Trackers James Benamor, Matt Isaacs and Susie Ma – who are travelling under human power over 30 days from Sardinia to reach the summit of Mont Blanc on 30 Sept – kayaking; biking and hiking an impressive 1,725km and a total climb of over 35,000m.

The charity

The Big Change charity was set up by Sam and Holly Branson, and cousin Noah, to help underprivileged young people in the UK to improve their life skills and opportunities. One of the main voices of the charity is Karl Lokko, a former gang leader who has turned his life around. The aim of this year’s challenge was to raise £1m to pump-prime 10 new youth projects in the UK.

Hamish and Fast Track are proud to have participated and supported all the Virgin STRIVE Challenges in 2014, 2016 and 2018, and the Big Change charity.

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