Today, a team of 18 Ministry of Defence civilian and military staff will arrive at DSEI after cycling three days, and climbing in excess of 10,300ft over 225 miles from MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol, to London’s ExCeL.
The teams are expected to arrive between 12.00 and 13.00, after cycling a very indirect route, taking in the Royal School of Artillery on Salisbury Plain, Army Headquarters in Andover, the Royal School of Military Engineering at Gibraltar Barracks, Minley, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before the final leg across London to DSEI. On arrival, they will meet with their support drivers, pack up their bikes, change clothes and go straight into the event to do their usual jobs: managing defence procurement and engaging with industry.
As well as promoting fitness, cohesion and morale, the teams plan to raise awareness of Team Rubicon, a charity uniting the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in the UK and abroad.
The MoD team, alongside members of the charity, will be talking to exhibitors to understand the latest technologies and products that could assist future disaster relief efforts and looking for organisations that could support the charity.
To find out more, visit www.teamrubiconuk.org.