Join the Big Bike Challenge on 17th June to Raise Money for SSIT
by Holly Blades
Are you fit ? Why not take up this exciting challenge with friends & challenge yourself by cycling 200 miles in a day & support SSIT, the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust.
It's a 6am start on the 17th June (so you have plenty of time), from Fiver Rivers, Hulse Rd, Salisbury
You'll start off in groups of between 7 and 10; each group will have a team leader
with emergency numbers and be responsible for the welfare of their group.
We ride over to Shaftesbury to ride Gold Hill (the old Hovis ad) before stopping for
Breakfast after about 35 miles, in Wincanton at Stables Restaurant, The Dolphin
Hotel Wincanton http://www.thedolphinhotelwincanton.com/.
On to Cheddar at 66 miles where there are a few spots for refilling water bottles, or
grabbing a coffee / cake if needed) where we will have a slow ride up the bottom part of the Gorge, for those who haven't cycled in this iconic spot before.
We then head over to the seaside at Burnham-on- Sea at 81 miles, for an ice-cream if the weather is lovely, and a few pics by the beach.
Heading back inland to Langport at 108 miles for Lunch.
At 138 miles - around Higher Ansty, water & snacks/cake.
At 172 miles - south coast (2nd coastal visit of the day)
At 173 miles Evening meal - pie & mash shop, Christchurch before the final 30 relatively flat miles back to Salisbury.
201 miles to finish at Five Rivers, Salisbury for celebratory photos!
"Speaking from experience the biggest thing you need to do is to spend time in the
saddle. The first time I did this distance, my backside felt every bump in the road for
the last 30 miles, as I hadn't really spent enough hours with my backside in the
saddle. The last 3 years we have averaged between 15 and 16mph on this ride
(moving time) - so that's some 13 hours on the bike. Good padded shorts, and plenty of time in the saddle the month beforehand will mean that you are fine. Practice cycling in a group, pace-lines and drafting.
"A reasonable portion of this ride is on relatively flat ground (the Somerset levels).
Riding in a pace-line means we can easily average 20mph for parts of the ride, whilst still keeping the heart rate very low (base rate or ~60% max HR). Ensure you bike is working nicely. Check everything is ok, or get someone to service it for you. The last thing that's needed 100 miles from home is a break down that was preventable" wise words from Andy Beckett, Chairman of Salisbury Road &
Mountain Cycling Club, who has ridden the route 3 times in the last 3 years.
WHAT TO DO....
Please encourage all your friends and family to sponsor you. We are raising funds to provide mobility & independence for those with a spinal injury, including powered wheels and hand bikes. We would ask you to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship but would hope that you could raise as much as possible.
Please set up your own fundraising mydonate page. We recommend mydonate
rather than any other, as they don't deduct any charges which makes a huge difference to the charity.
To view the route - https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12129987
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