How can I register?

There are two ways to grab yourself a space on our girl power cycle ride:

  • Online at divasonwheels.org
  • By post; fill in your details on the back of one of our Divas on Wheels leaflets and send it, along with a cheque for the entry fee, to:

    Supporter Relations, Pilgrims Hospices, 56 London Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8JA

Sign up early and save, or register on the day - it's up to you:

  • Early Bird entry: £22 (closes 13/5/18)
  • Standard entry: £25 (closes 17/6/18)
  • On the day entry: £35

If you 'd like to register on the day, please visit the ‘On the day registration’ area when you arrive in the morning. Please take into consideration that registration will close at 10:15am and ensure you arrive in time to take off with your chosen route.

We recommend registering in advance as this allows you more time to prepare for the event and it also helps us with planning; however, we fully understand that this is not always possible - or that you may get a confidence boost on the day and decide to take part!

We recommend registering in advance as this allows you more time to prepare for the event and it also helps us with planning; however we fully understand if this is not always possible or you may get a confidence boost on the day and want to take part!

  • Finishers' medal
  • Refreshment stops on route
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Music and retail therapy in our Divas Village at The Independent Pedaler.

Please give your name to the registration desk volunteer. Desks will be marked in alphabetical order by surname; our volunteers will check you off and issue you with a ride identification number, which you will need to add your medical details to and fix to your bike with the cable ties provided.

Even if you’ve registered in advance you’ll still need to check in with our registration team on the day. Please also bring your helmet to the registration desk.

This year Divas on Wheels has an exciting new home. The 25-mile and 50-mile routes will start and finish at:

There will be free parking across the site for use on the day, as well as a drop-off zone; all will be sign-posted and supported by volunteers to help you.

Alternatively, you can go green and cycle to the venue. Bekesbourne train station is just  3 miles away and Canterbury East/West stations are within 6 miles – a perfect warm-up ride!

 

You'll be sent off in small groups with your Bike Hero to ensure a smooth and safe ride around the Divas routes.

  • 50-mile route: Please arrive to register between 08:30 and 09:00 to depart between 08:30 - 09:30am.
  • 25-mile route: Please arrive to register between 09:45 and 10:15 to depart between 09:45 - 10:45.

Route maps are available online so that you can familiarise yourself with them:

On the day, hardcopies of the maps and a list of the villages that you will pass through will also be available.

East Kent has a fantastic variety of terrain and our rides aim to showcase this as much as possible. This means there will be a few uphill challenges for you to conquer – but remember, this is not a race and it is perfectly acceptable for you to take your time and walk your bike up the hills if you want to.

You have all day to complete your chosen circular route, so please ride at a pace that suits you and take in the beautiful scenery.

There will be stops along the way so feel free to have a pit stop for a snack and toilet break. All we ask is that you are back at The Independent Pedaler by 17:00. We estimate that the 25-mile route will take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours and that the 50-mile route will take between 5 – 6 hours, but remember these are just estimates and this event is not a race.

No, the roads will not be closed for this event. We have chosen a Sunday because the roads should be a little quieter when you first set off. We use minor roads wherever possible, although there are a few busier sections. We advise all Divas to observe the Highway Code at all times and to take special care when navigating junctions.

We would absolutely love to see several generations of women taking part in Divas; we do, however, require participants to be a minimum age of 11 years old. If your daughter is under 18 years old then please download and complete a parental consent form, bring it with you on the day and hand it into our registration team. Paper forms will also be available on the day.

Yes, the more the merrier!

Divas on Wheels is a cycle ride that promotes and encourages females to jump on their bikes and raise money for local hospice care, but that doesn’t mean men can’t support this movement, too! If your husband, boyfriend, son, dad, granddad, friend, colleague wants to be an honorary Diva then they are very welcome. They can either register online at www.divasonwheels.org or in person on the day.

As long as your bike is in good working order and is road-safe then you’re ready to go. You don't need a specialist bike for Divas on Wheels and you will be able to complete the routes on any type of bike. We do recommend that you use a bike with gears, as this will help you on the ride.

If you don’t own a bike, don’t let this put you off taking part! Consider buying a second hand one, borrowing or even hiring a bike for the day.

Just as we’d love a range of ages to take part, we would love to see a range of bikes, too. E-Flow Cycles is sponsoring Divas on Wheels 2018, which is great as we're delighted to showcase the popularity of electric bikes. We will have an electric bike category on the day, which will be supported by E-Flow Cycles. When you register please tick the electric bike box for the type of bike you’re planning to ride on the day.

Divas on Wheels is open to people of all fitness levels and cycling abilities, and the route has been designed so that all riders will have an achievable challenge to complete and will feel a real sense of achievement when riding across the finish line.

If you do feel you need that extra bit of training you can:

  • Get out on your bike and start at small distances to build your miles up
  • Try a spin class to build your legs up
  • Join us on one of our Divas confidence rides, in association with Breeze Network, where you can also make some friends before the big day.

Download our information sheet for this year's training rides

We don’t want any of our Divas to feel that they're cycling alone; we want everyone to feel like part of the Divas team. On the day you'll set off on the ride in small groups with a Bike Hero; this group will be your mini Divas team for the day and will be there to support and encourage you.

You can also take part in our Divas confidence rides to meet fellow riders, and join our Divas Facebook event to get to know each other before the ride.

On the day there are two items that are vital:

  • A safe bike helmet
  • A rider’s number with your medical details on the back.

Please bring your helmet with you to the registration desk when you sign in; if you don’t have a helmet you will not be able to continue. Your rider’s number will be given to you when you register.

When it comes to clothes, please wear what you feel most comfortable in when cycling. Exercise-type clothing is recommended and trainers rather than open-toed shoes are preferable. Please take the weather into consideration when getting dressed; we don’t want you getting wet, cold or burnt out on your ride.

If you’d like to show your support for Pilgrims, you may wish to purchase a Pilgrims Hospices cycle jersey:

Frizbee will generously donate 20% of the sale price to Pilgrims Hospices.

You can also purchase a branded ‘I’m supporting Pilgrims Hospices’ t-shirt for £5, either in advance at any of our hospice receptions or at the start of the ride.

We ask that all Divas carry a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of spare inner tubes with them for the ride. If you know how to repair a puncture or change your inner tube that's fantastic, but if you don’t then there’s no need to worry; our Bike Heroes will be out on the ride with you to give you a helping hand. You'll learn how to do this if you join one of our Divas confidence rides, too. You might also want to consider investing in a gel saddle and fitting a water bottle container to your bike, as you’ll need to keep hydrated on the ride.

Sustrans is a charity that aims to make it easier for people to cycle; read their tips for bike maintenance and watch a video about how to change a puncture.

Much of the Divas entry fee goes towards running the event and making sure that you have an enjoyable and safe experience. We’d love you to raise sponsorship for your challenge (after all, it’s no easy feat to cycle all that way) but it’s not essential. If you’d rather not ask your friends and family to sponsor you, we hope you might consider making a personal donation towards the care that we provide. This can be done during the online registration process or at any time on our website, at our hospices in Ashford, Canterbury or Margate, or on the day of the event.

It costs Pilgrims Hospices £14 million a year to provide skilled and compassionate care to our community, and events like Divas on Wheels help us to continue caring for local people as they near end of life.

Please download a sponsorship form, set up your own online fundraising page with JustGiving or call 01227 812 621. Don’t forget to encourage your sponsors to tick the Gift Aid box if they’re eligible to do so; for every £1 donated we’ll be able to claim an extra 25p from the Government at no cost to you or your sponsors. It makes a huge difference.

The ride is being organised by Pilgrims Hospices and we are working with incredibly generous local sponsors to help us minimise any costs that we are likely to incur. This means that an even higher percentage of your registration fee and sponsorship money goes directly to patient care.

Unfortunately there will not be any secure facilities for storing bags or valuables. If you choose to leave anything in your car for the duration of the ride this is done at your own risk. We recommend that you only bring the necessary bits with you on the day and carry your belongings with you in a rucksack on your ride.

We know how important it is to have enough loo stops, so we've ensured that there are plenty. Toilets will be available at The Independent Pedaler where the ride starts and finishes, and there will also be toilets at our ‘treat stops’ where you’ll find snacks and drinks along with support and encouragement.

Our refreshment stops will be in Stelling Minnis, Shepherdswell and Wingham. Further details on these refreshment stops will be available closer to the event so that you can make plans with family and friends.

Every Diva will be given a rider number that identifies them as a participant. You must attach this number to your bike so that you’re easily identifiable.

You can also purchase a Pilgrims Hospices cycle jersey or an ‘I’m Supporting Pilgrims Hospices’ t-shirt to wear (see 'What should I wear?' in our FAQs for more information).

If whilst out on route you feel that you're unable to complete the ride, please do the following:

  • Tell your Bike Hero and they will contact headquarters
  • Motorcycle support will be sent to you to check you over
  • We will send our rear support vehicle out to collect you and your bike
  • Call 999 if it's a medical emergency; the emergency services are aware that the event is taking place.

Yes! We would absolutely love to have your friends and family join us to see you off on your challenge, welcome you at the finish line and celebrate your success on your return. You’re also welcome to organise for your friends and family to meet you at a ‘treat stop’ to give support out on the route.

Absolutely. We'd love to have your friends, family and any other keen volunteers helping us on the day; an extra pair of hands is always greatly appreciated. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at Divas on Wheels please contact Lydia Todd for more information:

You can also complete and return our volunteer application form.

Yes; we'll have photographers at our start and finish line to capture you starting your ride and proudly crossing the finish line. There will also be photographers out on route to capture you in action, so make sure to give them a smile! Please share your own photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #DivasonWheels.

Yes, please! You'll return from your ride to our Divas Village where we will have lots of opportunities for you to support Pilgrims Hospices through entering our raffle and buying merchandise. There will also be cycling stalls with great offers and food to buy. We'll have music for you to enjoy plus our fantastic hair salon offering a helmet-hair remedy.

If your friends and family were incredibly generous and sponsored you for this fantastic event, please send in your sponsorship money by 31 August 2018 so that we can shout from the rooftops how much Divas on Wheels 2018 has raised. You can hand in your sponsorship money directly to your local hospice or you can send it to:

  • Supporter Services, Pilgrims Hospices, Divas on Wheels, 56 London Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 8JA