With athletic New Year’s resolutions on the minds of many in the sector, Hammerson’s UK and Ireland managing director Mark Bourgeois has set an early high bar.

Hammerson Rampage Leeds

Hammerson hosted the first ever UK Rampage race in Leeds

Source: Joe Cotterill

Bourgeois took to the ‘track’ to take on some of the biggest names in UK cycling as Hammerson’s Victoria Leeds hosted the first-ever UK leg of urban cycle challenge The Rampage.

Doing battle in the car park of the shopping centre landlord’s Leeds scheme, The Rampage saw a lung-busting uphill battle between two riders to the summit of the car park, with the first rider across the finish line going through to the next round.

With just under 200 riders taking part, Bourgeois used ‘homefield’ advantage to make an impressive run to the finals of the last rider standing competition. However, he then ran into double junior world track cycling champion and UK Tour Series winner Tom Pidcock.

From there it was a case of gone in 60 seconds for the UK chief of the retail giant as Pidcock smashed his time with a ride of 53 seconds enroute to victory in front of a crowd featuring Olympic triathlon gold medal winner Alistair Brownlee. The Under 18’s Winner was Max Krasinski (61.32) and Senior Ladies Winner was Amber Hull (61.81).

But the most important winner was charity LandAid as the event raised £3,500 towards its mission to help end youth homelessness in the UK.

Motivation enough to get anyone back on the bike for 2019.