Cycling is an amazing way to get fit, socialise and support Pilgrims at the same time.
Pilgrims Hospices is very closely monitoring the situation concerning the Covid-19 virus. The ongoing health crisis is at the forefront of many of our minds, and here at Pilgrims Hospices, we've been continually monitoring the guidance from authorities to inform how best we can do our part to protect our patients, staff, volunteers, and of couse, our wider community that we serve. You can read the latest advice and hospice information here.
What's on offer?
Our award-winning Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge, is back for its 12th year and returns to its familiar Springtime date of 1st May 2022. After the ride's sell-out success in 2021, with our new COVID-secure format, you can join 1,000 fellow cyclists and enjoy exploring the beautiful Kent countryside alongside friends, family or colleagues. Ride it your way by choosing to ride one of five distances ranging from 30 miles up to 125 miles.
Since the very first ride in 2010, over £1 million has been raised for the specialist care of those living with an incurable illness in our community, so challenge yourself to take on the Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge this year and achieve something amazing!
My mum died of cancer so it means a lot to me to support others coping with a terminal illness. I rode alone today; I was worried at first that I’d have trouble finding my way, but it was so well supported. I feel amazing now I’ve done it!
Anne-Marie, Cycle Challenge participant
The UK End to End Virtual Cycle is an alternative, virtual cycling challenge taking place throughout the entirety of 2021. Jump in the saddle and rack up some miles in this epic challenge. Ride the length of the UK (900 miles) safely during the pandemic by tracking your regular rides throughout the year and see how quickly you can complete the distance.
Whether setting yourself the challenge of finishing within the year, 3 months or even 1 month, you’ll find encouragement and motivation aplenty with in-app achievements and digital milestone badges to earn as well as our active community of virtual cyclists over in the Pilgrims Hospices Cycling Facebook group.
You’ll be able to track your progress along the interactive route map using the award-winning Pilgrims Event App. Simply ride when and how often you can throughout 2021 to see if you can reach the John o-Groats before the year is up.
Introducing the Pilgrims Hospices Event App
We’re proud to offer the award-winning 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 and enjoy our virtual events too. Keep your training on track by recording your 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.
Sociable cycle rides
Pedal for Pilgrims
Run by volunteers, Pedal for Pilgrims (P4P) is a 100+ strong group that rides regularly. They traverse Kent, including places as far as Rye and Bromley, and even cross the Channel into France. P4P organise social rides for beginners, plus plenty of faster rides for experienced cyclists. Join their Facebook group for information and updates about future rides.