Summer Cycle Ride has something for everyone
From a family-friendly pedal of 3 miles to a testing 80 miler for committed riders, the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Summer Cycle Ride on Sunday July 1st has something for every standard of cyclist.
Following feedback from last year’s participants the organisers have remapped the routes of the 3, 20 mile routes and introduced a new 80 mile course through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside for cyclists looking for a challenge.
Organised by EHAAT in partnership with Welwyn Rugby Club the event will start and finish at the club in Hobbs Way, Welwyn.
As well as the new 80 mile ride, the routes for the 20 and 50 mile courses have been changed in response to feedback from participants in last year’s event who asked for more of a challenge. There is also a three mile ride suitable for families
The longer routes will take in the undulating hills of the Hertfordshire countryside and historic towns, including St Albans. So gather your friends and family and enjoy the ride individually, as a team of five or as a family.
There will be plenty of water stops along the way, with some coffee stops too and a finisher’s medal for everyone who completes the ride.
Fay Boissieux, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Events Manager, said: “This year’s Summer Cycle Ride is bigger and better than ever before. Last year our supporters had some great ideas on how to improve the routes and we’ve incorporated these ideas into this year’s event. The new 80 mile route will be a big challenge for those looking for a longer ride. This year we are also encouraging people to join together in teams to make the ride a more sociable occasion.
“I am sure cyclists will enjoy whichever route they choose – whether it is the new 80 mile route or the family-friendly three mile cycle – there’s something for everyone. We look forward to seeing everyone there. If anyone is interested in getting involved but doesn’t want to cycle, we’d love to hear from anyone who can spare some time to help their local life-saving charity by helping as a marshal on the route.”
Registration for the event is now open. Early bird tickets for all routes cost £17 and are available until June 24th. There are separate options for teams of up to 5 cyclists and a sponsored registration ticket so these no need for additional sponsorship. Ticket prices on the day are £20. Up to three under 14s go free when with a full paying adult.
Registration on the day opens at 7.30am for the 80, 50 and 20 mile routes, with the ride starting at 8am, 8.30am and 9am. The registration for the family ride opens at 9am, with the cyclists setting off at 9.30am.
Money raised from sponsorship is vital to the success of the Air Ambulance. About 400 cyclists are expected to take part in the Summer Cycle Challenge this year. If each cyclist were to raise between £30 and £50 in sponsorship, the total raised would fund five life-saving missions.
The Summer Cycle Ride is being held in partnership with Welwyn Rugby Club who will be providing a BBQ and refreshments after the ride, so bring your family and friends along to enjoy the fun.
The Summer Cycle Ride will start at Welwyn Rugby Club in Hobbs Way, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6HX.
Book your bike a place now on www.ehaat.org/events or call the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Events Team on 0345 2417 690 if you would like to enter or volunteer as a marshal.