Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge will return on Sunday 5 May 2019.
Kent’s biggest charity ride is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Get on your bike and join more than 1,200 cyclists of all abilities as you explore the beautiful Kent countryside with friends, family and colleagues. With over 630,000 miles cycled since 2010, the Cycle Challenge is a firm favourite and it’s set to be even bigger than ever!
Help us reach £1 million in our 10th year
Since the very first Pilgrims Cycle Challenge in 2010, our wonderful community of cyclists have raised more than £825,000 to support the care of thousands of people living with incurable illness in east Kent. Now, as the event celebrates its 10th anniversary, we need your help to make this year’s Cycle Challenge our biggest yet and reach our £1 million goal.
Registration opens on 27th December 2018
You must be at least 14 years of age to participate in the Cycle Challenge and riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
- Early Bird entry (closes 17/3/19): £25
- Standard entry (closes 28/4/19): £30
- On the day: £45
This year’s routes
Ride it your way by choosing one of four ride distances and routes:
- The Classic: 45 miles (Sign in 09:30-10:30) – View map
A scenic, undulating circular route between the Ashford and Canterbury hospice areas
- The Challenge: 75 miles (Sign in 08:30-09:30) – View map
A circular route visiting our Ashford hospice before turning east through the Elham Valley and onward to the picturesque town of Sandwich. From there, you’ll head through flatter countryside and towards Herne Bay before making the final push through the beautiful Thorden Wood.
- The Century: 100 miles (sign in 07:30-08:30) – View map
A circular route connecting all three Pilgrims hospice service areas and incorporating an undulating approach to Dover for the ultimate challenge; always a hit with those looking to test their legs and their lungs to the next level.
- *NEW* The Epic: 125 miles (sign in 07:30-08:30) – View map
Introducing an epic 125 mile circular route connecting all three Pilgrims hospice service areas that visits the fast and flat Romney Marsh before rejoining the 100 mile route; this is the ultimate test of strength and endurance for those ready to step up to the plate.
All riders must have completed the ride and checked back in by 6:30pm.
All routes will start from, and finish at, our event village at the University of Kent near Canterbury. It’s more than just a registration area – with trade stands, our renowned Dr Bike mechanics, sports massage, local cycling interest groups, hot food and drinks and much more, you’ll enjoy all the excitement of a cycling festival. Ample free parking is available across the campus as shown here.
We’ve tweaked our popular ride routes to make them even more enjoyable. And for those looking to take their ride up a gear, we see the return of the notorious Stowting Hill. Explore the landscape of east Kent like never before, all the while knowing that, with every pedal, you’re making a huge difference to the lives of local people who are living with life limiting illness.
Celebrating 10 years of the Pilgrims Cycle Challenge
Here are just some of the ways we’re making 2019 the best year to ride the Pilgrims Cycle Challenge:
- Pilgrims Hospices cycling jersey and neck scarf available for purchase
- Official Pilgrims Hospices event app available for free download to iOS and Android devices.
- The Epic – new 125 mile route
- 10th anniversary finisher’s medal
Introducing the Pilgrims Hospices Event App
We’re proud to introduce the brand new Pilgrims Hospices Event App, available for iOS and Android devices). It’s free to download from the App Store and Google Play and is the perfect companion to enhance your Pilgrims event experience. Keep your training on track by recording your training activities and liking and commenting on your teammates. Receive up to date event information, view detailed route maps so you can see if you go off route, and link your JustGiving page to see how your fundraising is going, all in one place.
Our popular series of training rides will begin in mid-March to get you cycling fit and to build up your confidence, especially if you’re a novice cyclist.
We cater for all abilities on these rides. We want you to feel good about your cycling and have the best possible experience on the day. The rides are free and perfect for those who have already signed up for the Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge and are looking to train, as well as for those wanting to gain some cycling confidence before registering for the main ride. Guests are welcome to attend the training rides too, although in this instance we do ask that you consider making a donation to Pilgrims Hospices in appreciation for our ride volunteers’ time.
A £10 donation could pay for a patient’s meals for the day. Thank you to everyone who has generously supported the sociable cycling group in 2018.
If you’re on Facebook, you can also join the Pedal for Pilgrims group, which is led by a team of fantastic volunteers who organise regular rides throughout the year while raising money for Pilgrims at the same time.
University of Kent
Postcode: CT2 7NZ
Contact name: Robert Grew