Bridging
the digital divide

The result are in! 5th edition of Bike to Close the Gap

June 18, 2015: Yesterday Paterberg was the scene for the fifth edition of Bike to Close the Gap. Bike to Close the Gap is a cycling event to raise money for PC Solidarity, a Belgian project supported by Close the Gap. This project is committed to bridging the digital divide in the Fourth World, by collecting used computers from companies and refurbishing them. The donated assets are redeployed in organizations that help the most vulnerable populations in Belgium gain valuable IT skills to assist them in their search for work.

A successful edition again, sponsored by Proximus, Amon, Atos Worldline, Arrow en Securitas, was welcomed by the the sun and got the sportiest IT specialists from Belgium together to compete against the Paterberg. 177 cyclists participated, collectively clocking a total of 3,018 laps.

The day ended with a small award ceremony, where trophies – symbolically shaped as the cobblestones that make the Paterberg so challenging – were distributed to the man and woman with the most laps on the counter. The women’s honors went to Nel Courier from Centric with 21 laps and the men’s best went to Bart Adriaensen of KBC with 30 laps. Proximus proudly took home the honor of most laps for a company, with 498 laps.

A last cobblestone was awarded to Close the Gap’s strategic partner DNS Belgium, who has organized this event for the fifth year running. Afterward the awards, everyone moved on to a deserved barbecue!

The companies that sponsored this edition, raised more than 85,000 euros. A nice return for Bike to Close the Gap!

Read about the day in the Datanews newsletter and check out some of the photos. For a complete look at the album, visit Bike to Close the Gap on Facebook.

Want to join the fun next year, email communications@close-the-gap.org.