Two ‘fat blokes on bikes’ take on huge cycle challenge for Zoe’s Place in Coventry

Adrian Bradley and Chris Dennigan
Adrian Bradley and Chris Dennigan

A Rugby man is one of a pair of workers swapping eight wheels for four in a quest to raise thousands of pounds for children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.

Fortec Distribution Network executives Chris Dennigan, who lives in Rugby, and Adrian Bradley, have dubbed themselves Two Fat Blokes on Bikes to take part in a cycling challenge from Coventry to Amsterdam to raise funds for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry.

I thought it’d be a great challenge to get my teeth into

Chris Dennigan

Chris and Adrian will join a group of volunteers to cycle 210 miles from Coventry – the home of the bicycle – to Amsterdam. Lasting three days the challenge will benefit babies and children from birth up to the age of five from across the Midlands region, in need of 24-hour, palliative, respite and end-of-life care.

Between them Chris and Adrian are hoping to raise a minimum of £10,000 – all of which will be used to enable Zoë’s to reach its £1.3 million target enabling the facility to remain open 24/7 every day.

The venture is part of the ongoing relationship between Zoë’s Place and Fortec Distribution Network.

The duo are in the midst of a 26-week intensive training programme gradually building up their distance in preparation for the 70-mile-per-day ride.

Chris said: “We have learned a lot about Zoë’s Place through Fortec’s involvement with the charity over more than three years.

“Adrian came into my office suggesting this ride and I had never done anything like it before so thought it’d be a great challenge to get my teeth into – with challenge being the operative word.”

The bike ride takes place from September 18 to 21.

To sponsor the pair visit or follow their progress via Twitter @fatblokes_bikes