Readers of Cycle Lifestyle issue 9 will know how much we love a long ride. If you do too - or even if you're new to the idea - then the Great British Bike Off offers an opportunity to witness the beauty of Britain from two wheels, all for a good cause. Details below...
The road-based route of the Great British Bike Off has been designed to take in the best of British countryside and will pass through some of our most beautiful landscapes.
Why not get a team of up to five friends and colleagues together and take part?
There are plenty of mini challenges and fantastic prizes up for grabs along the way.
This event has been designed for cyclists of all abilities so whether you’re looking to improve your fitness or you want some friendly competition with friends and colleagues, join us and make a real difference to the legacy of our waterways.
Our route will start at the Olympic Park in East London and will cover 300 miles over four days. We will cycle along roads making this route ideal for road bikes, aiming to complete between 60 and 90 miles of cycling each day, making overnight stops in Towcester, Stafford and Stockport until our final destination of the Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich.
The route will see us cycling through magnificent countryside parallel to waterways, such as the Grand Union Canal, the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Macclesfield Canal. Included in this route are several structures such as the beautiful Hatton Locks and Standedge Tunnel.
We ask every team to raise a minimum of £5,000 which will cover the costs of accommodation, meals and full support on the ride for up to five team members as well as generating funds for our vital work.
We’ll provide you with a fundraising pack and training advice to help you get ready.
Costs of participation are £600 per person and if you or your company cover the costs yourself, every penny you raise will go directly to our charitable work.
The money you raise will help us to care for our nation’s canals and rivers, which are a key part of our British heritage and enjoyed by over 11 million people each year.
With your help, we will be able to ensure that our Waterways remain safe, clean and accessible for everyone for generations to come.
This is a fantastic opportunity to discover Britain’s beautiful countryside, and the waterways we are dedicated to preserving.
For more information and to sign up visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/bike-ride-2013
T 0303 040 4040