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 17/3/19)
- Standard entry: £30 (closes 28/4/19)
- 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: 45 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.
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.
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.
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.
The routes for Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge 2019 are:
- The Epic: 125 miles - View map
- The Century: 100 miles – View map
- The Challenge: 75 miles – View map
- The Classic: 45 miles – View map
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:
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!
What happens if I have a problem with my bike on the route or I do not think that I can finish the ride for health reasons?
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 miles on all routes): Biketart, Breach
- Feed station 3 (at 68 miles on the Century route): Ringwould
- Feed station 4 (at 60 miles on the Challenge route or 87 miles on the Century route): Preston
We're looking for volunteers to help with registration and refreshments at each location. Contact Robert Grew on 01227 812 609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also complete and return our volunteer application form.
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 16 June 2019 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.
Suitable cycle clothing.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Cycle Challenge, we’re excited to offer you the chance to purchase some exclusive Pilgrims Hospices merchandise so you can show your support out on the road.