The Great Kent Cycle Ride 2017 – Needs our help!!

With hundreds of riders set to take to their bikes for the nominated charities, The Great Kent Cycle Ride will give keen cyclists and complete novices the chance to ride just one day or all three days. During the 3-day sportive, cyclists will take in over 200 miles of the Garden of England in what will become an annual event and the highlight of most cyclists’ calendar.

If you are looking for a challenge in 2017 and are considering taking part in what will be an amazing weekend, please check out all of the key event information below:

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WHEN? 

Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, and Sunday 16th July, 2017.

The Great Kent Cycle Ride is a 3-day challenge event (NOT a race!). You will get the most from the event by signing up to the full challenge – however, there is the option to take part in the individual days.

The event will start at approximately 9am on the Friday and will conclude at approximately 4pm on the Sunday.

WHERE?

Starting in Medway on the Friday, the route will pass through much of the beautiful Kent countryside over the three days. After departing Gillingham on Day 1, the peloton will make their way to the county town of Maidstone before heading to Royal Tunbridge Wells for a well-earned lunch stop. After lunch, the group will head north to Westerham via Sevenoaks and then alight at the world-famous Brands Hatch race track where overnight accommodation will be provided by the Mercure Hotel.

Following a hearty breakfast on Day 2, the group will sweep through the many picturesque villages located in North Kent heading south east towards Ashford for lunch. Once re-fuelled, the riders will divert to the cathedral city of Canterbury before crossing the North Downs, passing through Folkestone, and paying a special visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial site in Capel-le-Ferne. The final stretch of Day 2 will follow the coastline from Folkestone to Dover where dinner and overnight accommodation will await at the Best Western.

The final day will begin with a 19-mile trek from Dover to Cliffsend with breathtaking views of the English Channel. After reaching Cliffsend. the peloton will cycle westward to the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable. Faversham will be the lunch destination for Day 3. The home straight will see the riders cycling through Swale and Medway, culminating in a warm welcome from friends, family, and supporters in Gillingham.

WHO?

The event is open to all. Avid cyclists and complete beginners will ride alongside one another, lending support, offering motivation, and creating a very unique atmosphere. If you want to be a part of something special, there really are no barriers to entry!

We welcome cyclists of all ages to take part in The Great Kent Cycle Ride 2017. Junior cyclists must have parental consent and must be accompanied by a parent / guardian at all times.

Register your interest today and make 2017 truly a year to look forward to.

WHY?

Riders will be cycling in aid of both the Kent Sports Trust Foundation and Help for Heroes. By participating in this event, you are not only helping to encourage the people of Kent to become more active and make sport more accessible but you are also supporting British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.

Furthermore, the Great Kent Cycle Ride 2017 represents a fantastic opportunity for cyclists of all abilities to make a commitment, to test their stamina, and to complete a huge personal challenge. Get involved!

Prizes will be presented to the Top Fundraiser and the Best Sportsperson, providing plenty of incentive to come along and be a part of our flagship event.

HOW MUCH?

3-Day Sportive (approx. 210 miles):-

£50 registration fee (includes a cycling top and medal). You must also commit to a minimum fundraising amount of £500*. You can do this via JustGiving, so please link your page to our JustGiving page.

For this price, you will receive all food and refreshments across the 3 days, including breakfasts, lunches, waterstops, and evening meals. You will also receive overnight accommodation for 2 nights, luggage transportation, insurance, first aid support, medical assistance, bike mechanics, and 24-hour support.

Please be aware that there are only 100 places available for the 3-day sportive and that these places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Places will be confirmed upon receipt of the £50 registration fee.

1-Day Sportives (approx. 70 miles per day):-

£50 registration fee (includes a cycling top and medal). You must also commit to a minimum fundraising amount of £100*. You can do this via JustGiving, so please link your page to our JustGiving page.

For this price, you will receive all food and refreshments across the day, including lunch and waterstops. You will also receive insurance, first aid support, medical assistance, bike mechanics, and 24-hour support.

*Please note that if you are unable to reach your minimum fundraising target, you may not be permitted to take part in the event. Please only sign up if you believe you will be able to reach the target as places are limited.

For any questions and enquiries, please email office@kentsportstrust.org or call 01634 820780.

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