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Stratford chef's cycling challenge

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

As in previous years, all profits will go to the charity SADS UK which donates cardiac equipment and defibrillators in the community and supports research into SADS; since the first Rawlinson Bracket in 2013, they have raised over £22,000.

The event, which this year starts and ends at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam, consists of two routes around the Warwickshire countryside: a hilly 70 miles course - known as the Top Bracket - which includes over 1300 metres of climbing and incorporates the six biggest hills in the county, and a less demanding flatter course covering 33 miles - the Bottom Bracket - with 400 metres of more gentle climbing.

Born in Kenilworth, Nick worked at Jaguar Land Rover. He was passionate about cycling and the Top Bracket includes some of his favourite local climbs and endurance-building routes.

Dave is a keen cyclist himself – he’s due to tackle the tougher 70 mile route - and has the support of his catering students, 16 of whom will be playing their part by preparing cakes for the participants when they have completed the course. Dave said, "Me and my bike are seldom parted. I first took part in the Rawlinson Bracket three years ago and I've done it every year since. It's a great challenge and the knowledge that it's all going to such a good cause is a huge incentive."

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