Radio 1 DJ Greg James attempted to climb the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland last week with help from a small bike shop in Builth Wells.

Cycle-Tec provided technical support including mountain bikes and navigation systems for Greg’s Pedal to the Peaks challenge in aid of Sport Relief.

Owners Gareth Rowland and Dave Evans took on the five-day challenge for Sport Relief along with Greg James. The crew supported the challenge at every turn of the wheel during the gruelling 19 hour days.

Dave Evans said: “Just through word of mouth in January we were contacted by the organisers and jumped at the opportunity.

“The money raised is going towards a mental health charity and it’s nice to be part of something positive”.

But ‘Snowmageddon’ caused travel conditions to become too dangerous to attempt to get up to Ben Nevis last Friday. It was the last peak to be conquered but red weather warnings meant Greg and the team had to cancel the challenge. Enduring extreme weather conditions and winds of up to 65mph on Ben Nevis, the challenge had to be postponed for health and safety reasons. While the crew waited in Moffat, Scotland, parts of the 170 mile journey to Ben Nevis via Fort William were closed because of the snow. Although the crew wanted to carry on, it was on the advice of safety regulators, the challenge was halted.

Cycle-Tec has supported charity fundraisers such as Help For Heroes’ epic 3,081 mile Race Across America and the Big Battlefield Bike Ride in France to support wounded Servicemen and women, disability charity Scope and the Genesis Research Trust.

Gareth Rowland said: “We’ve been providing technical support to cycle events around the world for about 10 years and lately become the go-to provider for several London based tour operators and event organisers”.

The next challenge for the bike business are two full-on mountain bike events with one involving over a thousand riders in a month’s time.

So far, the Sport Relief Gregathlon: Pedal to the Peaks challenge has raised over £700,000 for good causes.