7 January 2015
Keen cyclists are invited to combine their love for all things two-wheeled with a tour through some of England or Europe’s finest countryside while raising money for a Derbyshire charity.
Sight Support Derbyshire has teamed up with Skyline event management to offer three events this year – London to Brighton, London to Paris, and the 3 Cities Cycle, which takes in London, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Now is the time to sign up and raise funds to enable Sight Support Derbyshire to run services which help local children and adults experiencing sight loss, and their families, at every step of the way, from the point of diagnosis in hospital, to rehabilitation and taking part in social activities.
Tandems for visually impaired members to enjoy cycling with sighted guides is just one of the services provided by SSD.
London to Brighton is a popular one-day event on Sunday 6 September, and registration is advisable now as the number of participants is expected to be up by 20 per cent this year. Registration is £40 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 for SSD.
Starting from Clapham Common in London, the route takes in 54 miles of beautiful countryside as cyclists head out of the city towards Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath. After some hard pedalling at Ditchling Beacon, it’s all downhill to the finish line on Brighton seafront.
For cyclists who want more of an adventure, the London to Paris event runs from 15 to 19 July. There are two chances to take part in the 3 Cities Cycle, from 17to 31 May or 26 to 30 August. The registration fee for both events is £99 and cyclists are asked to raise a minimum of £1,500 for SSD.
Eileen Bagguley, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Sight Support Derbyshire, said: “With the opening of the new Velodrome in Derby, cycling is growing in popularity so what could be better than enjoying a cycling holiday taking in some of the finest countryside in England and Europe, while raising money to help fund services for people living near you? Leisure and sport activities help all of us stay fit and feel better and we provide them for people with sight loss, helping them to gain confidence and become less isolated too.”
Skyline and Do It For Charity co-founder Dominic Carolan said: “Every year we see the popularity of our cycle rides grow but this year in particular for London to Brighton, it’s been huge. Cycling is at an all time high in terms of its popularity thanks to the British Cycling successes of the past few years, and it really has inspired people to get involved, get more active and in this, give something back to charity as well.”
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