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Way of the Roses

Join us and cycle the Way of the Roses

Why are we cycling 170 miles in two days?

Phoenix Health and Wellbeing and Wetherby Rugby Club are teaming up to organise a charity fundraising event, consisting of a two day cycle challenge from Morecambe to Bridlington – also known as the Way of The Roses. Over two days, participants will cycle 170 miles: Morecambe to Wetherby on the first day, and Wetherby to Bridlington on the second.

You can either join us for the two day event or, if you can’t make both days you can join us for the Saturday ride from Wetherby to Bridlington. 

The funds raised will be used by Phoenix Health and Wellbeing to provide support to people who have chronic health issues and low incomes 

Why Phoenix Health and Wellbeing and Wetherby Rugby Club?

Phoenix Health and Wellbeing  is registered charity that offers support in the form of counselling and complementary therapies, to people who have chronic health issues and low incomes.  All of those receiving this support are referred by medical or health care professionals.  The referred clients can have a range of health issues such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain or chronic depression and anxiety. Often they have multiple health issues. The support that Phoenix offers can help people to manage life limiting conditions, feel more positive about their lives and even find a brighter future.  Each year Phoenix supports roughly 400 individuals, work that has been recognised by a Queen’s Award.

Richard Jones was pivotal member of Wetherby Rugby Club, having been involved with the club since childhood.  He was instrumental in driving forward the Club’s commitment to children’s rugby and was Vice Chairman of the Mini Junior Section. Sadly Richard died in 2020, aged just 50, from leukaemia.  Richard was a keen cyclist and would have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a team to ride the Way of the Roses with us.  

How to sign up:

You can sign up by clicking the button below which will take you to Eventbrite.  There are options for either the two day event or the one day. Make sure you pick the correct event!  If you aren’t ready to sign up but want to register your interest to get updates on this event please use this link https://forms.gle/jE76vphD2MEN4CST7

Click the button below to sign up:

What's the itinerary?

On the first day we will set off from Morecambe bright and early. We’ll cycle on small roads or traffic free routes through some wonderful countryside.  Our route will pass through Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon before ending the day at Wetherby. The distance is around 90 miles.

Wetherby has various B&B’s, hotels and restaurants so there wont be a shortage of places to stay or places to eat on Friday night!

On the Saturday, after a good night’s rest, we will pick up again from Wetherby. The route crosses to the East coast passing through York, Pocklington, Driffield and eventually arriving at Bridlington after roughly 70 miles.

Along the way we will have refreshment stops every 25 miles and a lunch stop at about the 50 mile mark. 

The one day riders heading from Wetherby to Bridlington will join the start line at Wetherby and enjoy the same route as those finishing the coveted Way of the Roses.

After completing the ride all cyclist are welcome to return to Wetherby Rugby Club and enjoy a celebratory BBQ

For more detailed information on the route (excluding our Wetherby detour) and the terrain, go to http://wayoftheroses.info/route

How much does it cost?

The cost of the entire 2-day challenge is £195, which includes:

  • Transport for your bike to the starting line 
  • Registration and Identification for you and your belongings
  • A digital rider pack with all the information you need inc. map
  • Transport for your luggage while you are on the ride
  • A cycle mechanic to assist with any major repairs
  • Recovery vehicles equipped with first aiders
  • A cycling shirt personalised for the ride
  • A variety of snacks and drinks provided along the route at feedstations
  • Official event photography
  • Transport for you and your bike from the finish line to Wetherby Rugby Club
  • Entry to the celebration event/BBQ being held at Wetherby Rugby Club on Saturday 11th September

What’s not included

  • Getting yourself to the start line
  • Overnight accommodation on the Thursday and Friday evenings (we can suggest some B&B’s/ hotels)
  • Evening meals on Thursday and Friday
  • Getting you and your bike home from Wetherby Rugby Club at the end of the event

If you’d like to take part in the 1-day challenge from Wetherby to Bridlington, there will be a reduced cost of £85. This includes refreshments along the way, the support of the cycle mechanic and recovery vehicles and transport of you and your bike from Bridlington back to Wetherby Rugby Club.

Get sponsored!

Hey this is a charity event so we are about fund raising.  The entry fee has been kept low but this means that we need you to raise sponsorship. 

We are setting a target of £250 sponsorship per rider.  Don’t panic! When you sign up we will send you some hints and tips as to how to go about raising this – it will be a doddle!

How fit do I need to be?

The Way of The Roses is an ambitious cycle, and while your own speed will determine how quickly you get through it, we recommend taking some training rides before you arrive at Morecambe in September! Over two days we will cover 170 miles, with a variety of climbs and valleys, and its best to be prepared! But our recovery vehicles will never be far away if you ever feel like you need assistance during the ride.

For more information on preparing for a long-distance cycle, see http://wayoftheroses.info/route/preparation/.

What do I need?

  • Road bike – Speaks for itself!
  • Helmet – We strongly recommend you wear a cycling helmet, for your own safety.
  • Sunglasses – Keep the sun out of your eyes!
  • Cycle jersey and shorts – These will keep you dry and comfortable on the ride.
  • Waterproof packable jacket – Just in case it rains!
  • Leg warmers and arm warmers – Perfect for chilly morning starts or a sudden change in weather.
  • Cycling shoes and gloves – These will make the long-distance ride a lot more comfortable.
  • Puncture repair kit – There will be a cycle mechanic on the route to assist with larger problems, but it’s always helpful to have a puncture repair kit to sort any minor issues and get back on the route.
  • Lights – Even though we’re riding in the daylight, it’s never a bad idea to have some charged front and rear lights in case clouds roll in or a wooded section is particularly dark.
  • Water bottles – We will provide water bottles at feedstations, but it’s also good to have your own refillable bottle.
  • Sports nutrition – Again, refreshments will be provided at feedstations, but pack a couple of your favourites if you think you might need a little extra between stops!

Other things recommended for this kind of sportive are Chamois Cream, base layers for clothing, a cycling cap, and spare inner tubes. If you’re planning to camp in the evening, you’ll need equipment for that, and supplies for your evening meals. Remember that there will be space on our luggage vehicle for your things, so make sure you bring everything you know you will need!

COVID 19 Cancellation Policy

We are very confident that our event will be able to take place in September. However times have been rather uncertain and if we do need to cancel our event due to COVID 19 Government restrictions we will refund your entry fee.

Read on for more information or get in touch - use the links at the bottom of the page

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