As part of the PCA’s 50th Birthday celebrations and what is likely to be one of the last major TMT fund-raisers we’re going back on the road again for Big Bike Ride 3! The route for this one involves cycling from Edgbaston, Birmingham, riding up to Yorkshire, across the Peak District and then, via Crewe, down to Worcester and the Forest of Dean before heading into Wales at Monmouth and then finishing in Cardiff for a Gala Dinner on 17th October.
To register you should go to: https://www.riderhq.com/events/70385/big-bike-ride-3-in-aid-of-pca-benevolent-fund-and-tom-maynard-trust/110992/big-bike-ride-3/enter You will be asked to enter your contact information at this stage as well. Please ensure you provide an up to date email address so that we can keep you informed as the date draws nearer. We are again asking for an up-front deposit, of £250, plus the required online admin charge. This is, as before, non-refundable. The reason for this is that from the organisers’ perspective we have to commit a significant amount of money in advance, such as for hotel bookings and kit and we also need to be sure that everyone who commits will, other than in exceptional circumstances, take his or her place and do the required fundraising. To ride the full five days, riders are required to raise a minimum of £1,250, including the £250 deposit.
To help you to raise your additional fundraising of £1,000 we have set up a ‘MyDonate’ fundraising event page from which you can start your own personal fundraising page. You will need to click on ‘start fundraising’ and then register your own personal account. You can start by clicking here – https://mydonate.bt.com/events/bigbikeride3/386971. The £1,250 ride fee will cover your accommodation in a twin room for the duration of the ride plus all meals and snacks on route. Single rooms may occasionally be available but an additional supplement will need to be paid. A full support team of mechanics, physios and others will be available throughout the ride.
The intention, as this is likely to be the final ride we organise, has always been to link the two charities by starting at Edgbaston (this being where the PCA was founded fifty years ago) and finishing in Cardiff (where the Tom Maynard Trust is based).
The original route had us sweeping up to Shrewsbury, across into North Wales, then down through Snowdonia and Aberystwyth to Brecon and on to Cardiff. Unfortunately the logistics for this one defeated us. Accommodation isn’t what it might be and the local community club support (such a feature of BBR2) meant we were struggling to find suitable stops for meals and breaks.
So we have adapted it. The route below, at just shy of 360 miles, is a bit shorter than the previous two but there are, as you would now come to expect of the BBR, some tough stages and some challenging climbs. The aim is still that it should still represent a proper riding challenge but it has been based on our experience of the first two and the range of riding abilities we are likely to see join us. The final route is still being finalised and will be tested in the Spring. It still links Edgbaston and Cardiff, but it now heads north east first and then down through the Welsh Marches, taking in pre-identified cricket and other stops. It may still be refined and some stops changed following testing but these are the links to the route as it stands at the moment:
Day 1: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14062062
99.6 miles – Edgbaston to Sheffield Collegiate CC – (via Atherstone, Loughborough & South Wingfield)
Day 2: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14062099
60.0 miles – Sheffield to Crewe – (via Buxton, Alderley Edge and Middlewich)
Day 3: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14093273
85.3 miles – Crewe to Worcester – (via Market Drayton, Ironbridge and Cleobury Mortimer)
Day 4: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14064294
56.3 miles – Worcester to Monmouth – (via Ledbury, Mitcheldean and Lydney)
Day 5: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14064326
57.6 miles – Monmouth to Cardiff – (via Abergavenny, Newbridge, Caerphilly and St Fagans CC)
We can accommodate around 75 riders so places are limited. We very much hope you are up for joining us and relishing the challenge of the ride, the camaraderie and fun associated with the challenges that will undoubtedly come and the sense of achievement and fulfilment that raising money to help others can bring. The money raised can make such a difference to both charities.
If you have any queries give Ali Prosser a call on 07769 880888 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org