Ride Your Ride in our Festival of Cycling
Why are we having a festival of cycling?
Phoenix Health and Wellbeing and Wetherby Rugby Club are teaming up to organise a charity fundraising event (or rather 5 events) in memory of Richard Jones. Richard was a keen cyclist and pivotal member of Wetherby Rugby Club. Sadly Richard passed away in 2020, aged just 50, from leukaemia. He was a keen cyclist and would have really enjoyed taking part in a team ride on this event.
So a festival of cycling seems a fitting way to celebrate commemorate Richard.
Here’s what we have planned:
There is a really challenging 180 mile Way the Rose ride with the first day being an opportunity to ride over 100 miles! There is a slightly more relaxing version of this trans Pennine route over 3 days. Then for those who are time poor there’s a one day event from the glorious east coast back to Wetherby. Add in some shorter rides and you have a bumper cycling festival over 3 days!
All funds raised will be used by Phoenix Health and Wellbeing to provide support to people who have chronic health issues and low incomes. Read more about the work of this Award winning local charity here
Why Support Phoenix Health and Wellbeing?
Phoenix Health and Wellbeing is a 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.
All of the funds raised by this event will go towards continuing the valuable, life changing work of Phoenix Health and Wellbeing
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 three day, two day or the one day events plus options for two shorter rides. Make sure you pick the correct event!
What's the itinerary?
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?
You need to pick the ride that suits your ability. If you want and challenge and have time to train then go for the ride that is just a little out of your comfort zone. Or, if you want to come along and take part as you are then pick the ride that you are comfortable with.
Please be aware that The Way of The Roses is an ambitious cycle. It crosses the Pennines and includes some serious hills. We recommend taking some training rides before you arrive at Morecambe in September! There are 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.