Spectre sponsorship fuels teenage mountain bike racers

Spectre, the advanced multi-purpose woodscrew range from Fixings specialist ForgeFix, has sponsored its own mountain bike racing team, funding equipment and expenses for two young riders.

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The Spectre funding covers all equipment needed, including helmets, jerseys, shorts, and goggles, to the value of approximately £900. The team have also been given £2000 each to cover expenses such as hotels, fuel and race entry fees.

The independent mountain bike racing team formed two years ago with three members, and now consists of two dedicated riders, William Smith, aged 16 and Haydn Fletch, aged 15.

Kevin Smith, from Sheffield is the father of rider William Smith and says that the sponsorship has been invaluable for his son: “Getting this sponsorship from ForgeFix and Spectre is unbelievable, really. Securing sponsorship for any sport is difficult but particularly difficult in mountain bike racing so it means everything. Unless you’re wealthy, it’s expensive – we travel most weekends, and the costs add up: from fuel to accommodation and bike repairs! Many people I speak to can’t believe Spectre’s generosity, as unless you’re pro, it’s pretty much impossible to get sponsored.”

 The sponsorship is part of the Spectre brand’s pledge to support grassroot sports.

Paul Swift, managing director of ForgeFix, said: “As a business it’s important that we give back, and what better cause than a group of young people who are taking part in a sport that they’re passionate about. This year, we plan on investing £10,000 in our grass roots causes and CSR activities.”

 

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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