Largs to Cowes 'Brighter Futures' Cycle Challenge

17-24 June 2022 | Largs, Scotland to East Cowes, Isle of Wight

600 miles. 8 days. 1 mission. To inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer. Day ride places also available.

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600 miles. 8 days. 1 mission. To inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

When treatment ends, our work begins, because for many young people, simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis isn’t possible.

That’s why on 17-24 June 2022, a team of up to 20 riders will take on this incredible challenge to cycle 600 miles (965 kilometres) between the Trust’s bases in Largs on Scotland’s West Coast to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Day rider places now open

For just £75 you could join the excitement of day one (Friday 17 June) – setting off from Largs - or day eight (Friday 24 June) for the final leg to East Cowes. Both days will cover around 120kms (74.5 miles) and will give you a chance to still be part of something incredible.

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Where are we going?

From the stunning tranquillity of the Scottish west coast and daunting ascents of the Lake District to the historic beauty of Ironbridge, the picture postcard market town of Ross-on-Wye and cathedral city of Wells, there are so many highlights.

And it all finishes in the festival atmosphere of Cowes, as the Isle of Wight hosts one of its biggest weekends of the year – the Round the Isle Race. Here young people the cyclists are riding for will be gathered to take part in the iconic yacht race.

Each day riders will complete between 75-80 miles (120-130km) to support young people living through and beyond cancer.

Every penny raised will help inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

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I've been supported by the Trust, can I sign up?

Yes! If you are 18 or over and are either a young person currently being supported by the Trust, or a graduate volunteer, and you would like to take on the challenge then let us know. We are exploring opportunities to be able to offer subsidised places to those who have sailed with the Trust after treatment, so email our events manager to find out more.

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The Big 'Largs to Cowes' Questions

Where are we going?

ROUTE (subject to change)

  • Friday 17 June - Largs, North Ayrshire to Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway (120km / 74.5 miles)
  • Saturday 18 June - Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway to Armathwaite, Cumbria (120km / 74.5 miles)
  • Sunday 19 June - Armathwaite, Cumbria to Gargrave, North Yorkshire (129km / 80.1 miles)
  • Monday 20 June - Gargrave, North Yorkshire to Wilmslow, Cheshire (110km / 68.3 miles)
  • Tuesday 21 June - Wilmslow, Cheshire to Ironbridge, Shropshire (125km / 77.6 miles)
  • Wednesday 22 June - Ironbridge, Shropshire to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (120km / 74.5 miles)
  • Thursday 23 June - Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire to Wells, Somerset (121km / 75.1 miles)
  • Friday 24 June - Wells, Somerset to East Cowes, Isle of Wight (120km / 74.5 miles)
What's the itinerary?

Meet on the Thursday evening in Largs hotel

  • Briefing over dinner from pie event manager on the ride & charity welcome

Friday morning (and then daily until reach East Cowes)

  • Early breakfast at hotel
  • Luggage in the pie van
  • Set off
  • Refreshments and guide briefing at start
  • 3 x food / refreshment stops per day
  • Arrival at hotel
  • Shower and dinner with briefing on the next day's ride
What is included in the cost?

The entry cost is £1,800 per rider. Everything is paid for upfront so that every penny you raise can go towards inspiring young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer. The entry cost covers...

  • 8 x nights’ single room en suite accommodation in hotels
  • 8 x breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
  • Guided riding each day (at a ratio of approx. 1 guide to 8-10 riders)
  • Support vehicles with bike spares, med kits, water, etc
  • Tour leaders in charge of the ride logistics
  • 2 unique Tour cycle jersey
  • pie water bottles
  • Safe storage of bikes overnight each night
  • Ferry from the mainland to Isle of Wight ( Red Funnel provided via the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust)
  • Reception on the arrival day in East Cowes

If the event is cancelled due to COVID, your monies will be refunded.

What do I need to sort out myself?

There are a few things you will need to cover the cost of.

  • Insurance - our event partners, pie, is an approved partner of Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance and participants can get 10% off travel and bike insurance after signing up.
  • Personal expenditures including drinks with meals.
  • Accommodation on Friday 24 June in Cowes. If you would like to book somewhere, we recommend Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, which is close to the Trust's East Cowes base.
Is there a minimum fundraising target?

We kindly ask all riders to pledge to fundraise a minimum of £1,200 for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. This will enable TWO young people to come sailing with the Trust for the first time in 2022.

Can I do just one day of the ride?

Yes! Day rider places are available for day one (Friday 17 June) - setting out from Largs - and day eight (Friday 24 June) - arriving in East Cowes. Both days will cover around 120kms (74.5 miles)

A day ride place costs £75 per person. All food and support is provided for the duration of the ride - you will need to arrange your own travel to the start of your day ride. Contact Trust events co-ordinator, Robbie, for more details at [email protected]

Who is running the event?

Our event partner is pie, who run bespoke guided rides.

This is a guided ride, with groups being led by pie guides familiar with the terrain and who help all abilities complete the challenge. For those not familiar with the pie guiding system:

  • pie offer guided rides to make sure we offer the very best care to our cyclists.
  • All guides are experienced cyclists. They range from ex-professional racers to keen. amateurs, and all are very used to guiding groups of differing abilities, experience, and skills.
  • All guides will navigate their small group of 8 – 10 cyclists from start to finish.
  • They are on hand to do mechanical work so there is no waiting around for a mechanic’s van.
  • Many pie guides are First Aid trained.
  • On most days cyclists can change groups (up or down) at any time during the day.

pie make the ride suitable for most standards of cyclists (bar complete beginners). Check the minimum daily distances and elevations to make sure you are happy with your level of fitness vs the challenge and then start some training to minimise the gap!

What COVID protocols have you got in place?

It is too early to know what COVID restrictions may or may not be in place by next June so this will be reviewed and communicated as we get closer to the event date. If the event is cancelled due to COVID, your monies will be refunded.

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