Team ‘Gears and Beers’ hope to raise thousands for Leeds Cares in UCI Road World Championships Sportive

The group of friends are hoping to raise £10,000 for Leeds Cares by taking part in the Sportive

A group of friends led by two Leeds recruiters have come together to form a cycling team hoping to raise £10,000 for Leeds Cares by taking part in this year’s Official UCI World Championship Sportive.

Dylan Hall, of DCR International, and Paul Connolly, of 300 North, formed the team called ‘Gears and Beers’ after meeting in their shared office building in Headingley. Both are cycling fans and were excited to hear the World Championships was coming to Yorkshire this September, for the first time in over 30 years.

Dylan says “When I found out that the official fundraising partner was Leeds Cares, I knew that Paul and I needed to get a team together and try and raise some money. We can’t wait for September and are well on our way, both training for the event and hopefully reach our £10,000 target.”

Members of the team are long-term supporters of Leeds Cares

Dylan and Paul are long-term supporters of Leeds Cares, taking on lots of challenges over the last couple of years to fundraise for the neonatal wards at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, after Dylan’s daughter Ruby died on the ward at just nine days old.

Dylan and Paul have rounded up friends and colleagues to join their ‘social cycling’ team and the final ten now includes triathletes, ironmen and Dylan’s own sister in law, British Paralympic Wheelchair and Paratriahlete Jade Jones-Hall. Jade, who’s just 23 years old, will be taking on the gruelling sportive on a handbike.

Team ‘Gears and Beers’ will all be tackling the long route of the sportive on Sunday 22nd September, a 150km route that takes in nearly 2000m over two iconic Yorkshire peaks, Greenhow and Kidstones.

'Gears and Beers' are busy training ahead of the event in September

Paul says the group have started training together, often starting with a pint: “We’re training in small groups, some of us doing competitive races and others going on training trips overseas. Cycling for us is a really social event though and we’ll be sure to take in some of the best sights of Yorkshire and that includes a visit to lots of the pubs on the route!”

Five of the team have their own businesses and will be taking advantage of the generous nature of their staff to reach the big fundraising target. The team will also be putting on fundraising events with friends and family. Dylan says that they’ll be relying on Yorkshire generosity and the knowledge they’ll be making a difference: “Our team all value the NHS and the support the hospitals in Leeds gives us and our families. Leeds Cares offers amazing support as a charity and we want to give as much as we can so they can make a huge difference to staff, patients and families at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.”

You can read about the whole team and support their fundraising at

Read about the rest of our corporate teams taking part in the Official UCI Sportive.