Every year thousands of people raise money for good causes through taking part in a charity bike ride.
Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester Cathedral, is one of them. He plans to cycle 1,000 kilometres around monasteries in Normandy to raise funds for The Friends of Worcester Cathedral. He’ll be following in the pedal strokes of Percy Dearmer, an English clergyman who cycled there in 1897 and subsequently published a travel book based on his journey. For more information and to sponsor ‘The Dean’s Challenge’ pick up a leaflet from Worcester Tourist Office or see www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/Friends.php
If you want to set yourself a challenge and raise funds for charity here’s details of several local charity rides you could sign up for. Most charge an entry fee and don’t involve raising sponsorship.
Sat 4 June - Get to the Rec A 100 mile ride from Worcester, through the Cotswolds to Bath supporting Acorns Children’s Hospice. www.letsgovelo.co.uk
Sun 10 July – Worcester Classic Bike Ride Three 25, 60 and 100mile routes from the Worcester Warrior’s ground. www.worcesterclassicbikeride.com
Sun 21 August – Severn Valley Cycle Challenge Supporting Acorns Children’s Hospice with 20 and 40 mile routes between Bridgnorth and Bewdley with a return on the Severn Valley Railway. www.acorns.org.uk/svc
Sun 4 September – The Elgar Vintage Ride offers a short family ride and 42 mile sportive starting in Malvern Link and supporting Motor Nurone Disease Association. www.malverncycles.org.uk
Sat 10 September – Ride and Stride Bear Grylls invites you to organise your own sponsored ride around local churches for the Worcestershire and Dudley Historic Churches Trust. Alternatively the ‘Towers and Spires’ leaflet (available from the Tourist Office or Cathedral) has 25 and 42 mile routes you could use. www.rideandstrideuk.org
Sun 11 September – Ride for Rory 18 and 36 mile family rides starting in Redditch to support Prostate Cancer surgery in Worcestershire. www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/rorytherobot
Sun 16 October – Bredon Hill Bikeaway 8, 19 and 40 mile routes starting at Pershore College to raise funds for St John’s Ambulance. Date still to be confirmed. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org