21/05/2017 - SP9 7UZ - Sportive
Weeks to go until event: less than 8 weeks
Following the success of their 2015 and 2016 event, the Salisbury Samaritans are once again organising their charity Cycle Sportive for Sunday May 21st. SAMS RIDE will start and finish 7 miles west of Andover with the long route taking in the outskirts of Salisbury and local villages. Entries can be done at www.samsride.co.uk.
Last year's event was a tremendous success. Over 600 riders entered and we raised £19,000 for the Salisbury and District Samaritans. The feedback we received was fantastic so this year we are organising an even bigger event and hoping for over 700 riders.
There is a choice of three routes - 25 miles for the sensible, 50 miles for the sporty and 100 miles for the serious! Entry is from £20.00 per rider that includes lunch and organised feed stations. All riders are additionally encouraged to open a fund raising page to supplement the money they raise.
Early registration for the ride are running at three times the volume as at the same period last year so riders are encouraged to secure their lace early. There is a special discount for under 25 riders and those who are members of British Cycling.
The event is endorsed by British Cycling and registrations are already open at www.samsride.co.uk and can also be found on Facebook (SamsRide2016) and Twitter (@samsride2016). Cyclists are urged to register early as places are expected to be fully subscribed.
Samaritan branches are charities run entirely by volunteers to support those in need of emotional support. They provide this by phone, text, email and in face to face meetings. The Salisbury and District Branch covers a geographical area including Andover to Salisbury and across to Warminster, the area covered by the bike ride. Full maps of the routes can be found on the website. It costs £70,000 per year to run the branch, and volunteers need to raise much of the funding themselves to keep the service running and to recruit new volunteers.