Who can enter?

Absolutely anyone of all fitness levels can take part. Whether you’re new to cycling or a seasoned rider, the sense of achievement will be the same; set yourself a personal challenge, cycle in memory of someone, have a day out with your colleagues or even enjoy some friendly competition against other local businesses.

You must be 14 years and over to enter the Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge and be accompanied by an adult if you're under 18 years old. 14-17 year olds must have a signed parental consent form.

  • Early Bird entry: £25 (closes 22/3/20)
  • Standard entry: £30 (closes 26/4/20)
  • On the day entry: £45

Much of the 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 its 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 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 Cycle Challenge 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.

All ride distances will begin from the start / finish HQ at the Sports Pavilion, University of Kent, Canterbury Kent CT2 7SR. Ample free parking is available across the campus as shown here. The event village will open at 07:30am for registration. Please do not arrive before this time.

This depends on which route you're riding on the day:

  • The Epic: 125 miles Cyclists can check-in between 07:30 - 08:30am (no earlier please!)
  • The Century: 100 miles 
    Cyclists can check-in between 07:30 – 08:30am (no earlier please!)
  • The Challenge: 75 miles
    Cyclists can check-in between 08:30 – 09:30am
  • The Classic: 50 miles
    Cyclists can check-in between 09:30 – 10:30am
  • The Circuit: 30 miles
    Cyclists can check-in between 09:30 – 10:30am

On arrival please give your name to the registration desk volunteer who will check you off and issue you with a ride identification number, which you should 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.

Please note: You must bring your helmet with you to the registration desk. No helmet, no ride.

Departure times

You're free to start as soon as you've checked in. Depending on numbers, times may be staggered on the day to avoid congestion on the roads.

On the day registrations

If you haven't registered in advance for the ride you'll need to visit the 'on the day' registration marquee. On the day entry is £45 and registration closes at 10:30am.

Ride completion

All riders must have completed the ride and checked back in by 6:30pm. 

No, 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 participants to observe the Highway Code at all times and take special care when navigating junctions.

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.

Once ride details have been confirmed, training ride information will be available here and via the Pilgrims Hospices event app (iOS and Android).

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.

You can record and share training rides with friends via the Pilgrims Hospices Event App using Map My Tracks or Strava, available for on the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android.

The routes for Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge 2020 are:

You can also view route maps from your smart phone with the new Pilgrims Hospices Event App, available for on the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android.

Yes, we will have bright orange way-markers all along each route and there will be a downloadable map for you to use in advance of the ride.

You can also download the Pilgrims Hospices Event App for free so that you have all the route information in one place on your smart phone. Never feel lost again with gps tracking that shows you if you have gone off course.

The Pilgrims Hospices Event App is available for iOS and Android devices:

App Store

Google Play

East Kent has a fantastic variety of terrain and our rides aim to showcase this as much as possible. This inevitably means there’s a few uphill challenges for you to conquer - but remember, this is not a race and it is perfectly acceptable to take your time and even walk up the hills!

*New for this year* We've introduced a flatter 30 mile route option for this year's event, meaning you can enjoy exploring the Kent countryside without sweating up so many hills.

For those looking to take their ride up a gear, we see the return of the notorious Stowting Hill in all routes except for the 30 mile.

There will be a Dr Bike available at each feed station to help with any bike problems. Our advice is to make sure you have your bike serviced before you take part in the event and to carry with you a small pump, inner tube and puncture repair kit.

If you have any health concerns please consult your GP before taking part. It's recommended that you're able to ride at least 75% of the course distance comfortably beforehand. If there is a medical emergency you should call 999. The emergency services are aware that the event is taking place.

There will be refreshments available on route at various feed stations at approximately 20 mile intervals. The Classic route is serviced by feed stations 1 and 2. The Challenge route is serviced by feed stations 1, 2 and 4. The Century route is serviced by feed stations 1, 2, 3 and 4.

  • Feed Station 1 (at 19.5 miles on all routes): Ashford Hospice
  • Feed Station 2 (at 37.5 miles into the EPIC route): Ivychurch Village Hall
  • Feed Station 3 (at 61 miles into the EPIC route and 37 miles into all other routes): Biketart, Breach
  • Feed station 4 (at 85 miles into the EPIC route and 61 miles into the CENTURY): St Margaret's at Cliffe Village Hall
  • Feed station 5 (at 110 miles into the EPIC route, 85 miles into the CENTURY and 60 miles into the CHALLENGE route): Preston Village Hall

It takes the help of a large volunteer team to make the Cycle Challenge run smoothly and safely. Event village volunteers, route signage, parking marshals, and refreshment stop volunteers are just some of the roles you can get involved with at each location.

Contact Robert Grew on 01227 812 609 or email robert.grew@pilgrimshospices.org for more information. 

  • Event centre facilities
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Feed stations on route
  • Finisher’s medal
  • On-site catering.
  • Free organised training rides
  • Free event info and training app for iOS and Android devices.

Everyone will be given a ride number that identifies them as a participant. You must attach this number to your bike so that you're easily identifiable.

This number is also how you will be able to view professional photos of you taken on the ride, so make sure it is visible on the front of your handlebars.

You must be at least 14 years of age to participant in the Cycle Challenge. Any cyclist under the age of 18 on the day of the event must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult cycling with them.

Parental consent forms must be submitted for young cyclists who are over 14 years. They can be downloaded from our website or completed on the day during sign-in.

Please collect and send in your sponsorship by 14 June 2020 so we can announce the grand total raised by Cycle Challenge and thank you for all of your fundraising efforts.

You can either hand in your sponsorship at your nearest Pilgrims hospice or send sponsorship to:

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

Please dress in suitable cycle clothing for the weather and activity. Breathable materials and dressing in layers is advised as you will be sweating and spending a large proportion of the day outdoors.

We’re excited to bring you the official Pilgrims Hospices cycle jersey and neck scarf. Show your support out on the road with these stylish, quality garments, packed with great features such as zipped valuables pocket, full length zip and silicone waist gripper.

We also have Pilgrims neck scarfs, ideal for keeping you warm on cold or windy days, and providing shade from the sun on hot days. Grab yours today and help us be there for thousands of people coping with incurable illness in east Kent.

Cycle Jersey: £35, Neck Scarf: £5

Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Jersey sizing guide

Order yours today by contacting 01227 812609 (weekdays 9am-5pm) or anytime at robert.grew@pilgrimshospices.org, or buy yours at the Cycle Challenge event on 3rd May!