[15:28] Sarah Steer

Heathrow's race the plane

30 Nov 1999

Over 400 Heathrow colleagues and partners cycled to beat a United jet as it made its way across the Atlantic to New York in the airport’s annual Race the Plane charity challenge. 

During an eight-hour challenge, 28 teams made up of 13 cyclists had 30 minutes to cycle as quickly as they could on stationary watt bikes under the iconic Slipstream in Terminal 2 to cover distance more quickly than plane. The cyclists collectively needed to beat the plane’s cruising speed of 530mph to win their race against the Boeing 767-400ER as it made its way from Heathrow’s Terminal 2 to Newark Liberty Airport in New York. 

This challenge raised over £104,000 for the DofE and His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex was on hand to cheer on those taking part 

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