THE GREAT BRITISH CARE CYCLE RELAY – 24TH JUNE – 28TH JUNE 2024

THE GREAT BRITISH CARE CYCLE RELAY – 24TH JUNE – 28TH JUNE 2024

  • June 24, 2024 - June 28, 2024
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Great British Care Cycle Relay is a 5-day ride which aims to raise awareness of care services at the heart of communities across the country. Cycling from north to south, covering 300 miles, the Great British Care Cycle relay is a series of short relay routes  connecting care communities across Scotland, Wales and England. To celebrate the length and breadth of care homes across the country participating in Care Home Open Week, the Cycle Relay will fly the Championing Social Care flag high, celebrating all the wonderful people and services in social care.

Officially starting in Manchester, the relay will travel via Wrexham, through central England to finish with a final reception in London, visiting 16 care communities along the way and delivering a trophy to each care home visited throughout the week. The cycle relay encourages participation from all those working in care, suppliers, friends and supporters. Each leg will be approximately 20 miles long and there will be 3 legs a day. Further details will be shared in due course along with information on how to take part in this milestone event.

Included:

  • Ride led by pie guides
  • Refreshment stops on route during the ride
  • Guides at a ratio of approximately 10 cyclists to one pie guide
  • Gels and electrolyte tablets
  • Support vehicles with bike spares, bike tool kits, first-aid kits, fresh water, sunscreen, etc

Who are pie?

pie are unique in the industry offering only bespoke guided rides for companies, charities and groups of individuals.

pie Guides

Groups will be led by pie guides familiar with the terrain and who will help cyclists of all abilities complete the challenge.

  • Our guided rides make sure we offer the very best care to our cyclists
  • All of our 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 skill
  • Our guides will navigate their small group from start to finish
  • They are on hand to help with mechanical work so there is no waiting around for a mechanic’s van
  • Many pie guides are first aid trained
  • Cyclists can change groups (up or down) at any time during the day
  • Learn more about our guides, leaders and medics

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Great British Care Cycle Relay?

Care Home Open Week provides recognition that at the heart of almost every community across the nation, there is a thriving care home bringing the community together. To celebrate this, we will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Great British Care Cycle Relay. As the name suggests, this will be a national effort, putting our feet to the pedal, flying the Social Care flag high and riding across the country to visit different care communities. From north to south, over 5 days, we are hoping to travel close to 300 miles, stopping at care homes along the way and at each point passing on a virtual baton for others to continue the journey. We are hoping at each stop care home teams, suppliers, friends, family and well wishers will join the journey and unleash their inner cyclist.

When is it taking place?

The cycle relay will be a 5 day ride starting on 24th June 2024 in Manchester and reaching its final destination in London on 28th June 2024.

What is the route for the Cycle Relay?

The official route will start in Manchester on 24th June, prior to which the Social Care flag will have already travelled across the Scottish Borders to reach Manchester. Following the (virtual) firing of the start gun, the first peloton of cyclists will travel through Cheshire to reach North Wales on the first day. The following days will then cover the picturesque landscapes of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire. Middlesex and then finishing in Central London where we are planning a Great British warm welcome to the travelling social care virtual baton and cyclists.

Below is a summary of the locations and approximate distances covered each day. (Distances and venues are subject to change).

 

What riders thought  about last year’s inaugural event

“It was wonderful pedalling alongside like-minded individuals, visiting the amazing care services on route that provided a huge warm welcome, and passing on the ‘championing social care baton’ between riders across 300 miles. Really looking forward to 2024!”

“I saw it as an excellent chance to network, meet fellow industry professionals and exchange ideas and challenges the industry is facing whilst riding my bike”.

“Really looking forward to 2024, and bringing many colleagues and friends along with me! Don’t miss out – sign up for what has to be the best cycling relay around!”

What time will each leg of the ride start?

Riding will start each day at around 0830am, with an aim to reach the first stop of the day by 1030am.  The second leg will start at 1130am and finish by 1330 when we will break for lunch. The third leg of the day will start at 1400 and aim to finish at 1600, to enjoy the reception thereafter.

How long are we expected to be riding for?

Each leg of c. 20 miles, will take approximately 2 hours if going at a steady pace of 10 miles per hour/16kph. We will try to keep everyone together as a group and therefore will aim to keep the pace at one that can be achieved by the whole group.

Can I ride for more than one leg of the route?

Yes. To allow flexibility, you can join as many or as few legs of the relay that you wish, subject to spaces being available. Those budding cyclists that are keen to do more, may also select relays over a few days. If you are doing a full day riding (3 consecutive legs in a day) we are offering a free transfer service to take riders back to the start.

How do I get back after completing a leg of the route?

We have made each stop relatively easy to get back to your starting location using the local rail network.  We would encourage riders doing one stage of a day to ensure they have done their research and made their own plans for their onward journeys. Those riders riding the whole day will be carried back to the start in the event support vehicle. This is restricted to 5 people and 5 bikes. Wheels may need to be removed from the bikes.

Can anyone join the relay?

In short, yes, any adult (over 18) can join the ride, however we are particularly encouraging participation from those who work or are associated with social care and in particular teams from any of the care homes participating or those local to the relay stops.   You can join any leg of the ride, however for health and safety reasons, we have limited the number of riders per leg to a maximum of 12. We have information on onward travel for each leg just click here.

How do I register for the ride?

You can register by going to the “Register Here” link below. You will be required to complete the registration form with all your details to secure a spot. There are only 12 spots per leg so do register quickly. If a leg is full, you can still try for any other legs along the route.

Do I need my own bike?

Yes, you will need a bike to take part in the relay. While a road bike is preferred, any bike will be fine to use. We highly recommend you ride and train on the bike that you bring to the event. Please remember that for the ride a helmet will be required to be worn throughout.

Do I need to be a good cyclist to join?

Cyclists of all abilities are encouraged to join. You should be able to cycle independently and be ready to cover a distance of at least 25 miles. Training plans will be shared to help you prepare. The ride will be supported by a professional events team (pie events guide and driver) and a support vehicle.

Will food and drink be provided?

Each leg of the route will be finishing at a selected care home that will be organising a Great British welcome to the riders with a fun reception and catered spread of food and drinks for all riders. However, we do advise all riders to ensure they have plenty of water on their bikes and small snacks to keep the energy levels up.

Do I need any special clothing?

Any comfortable clothing is fine, though do not shy away from sporting lycra too! If you have not cycled for a while, the saddle can be something to get used to. There are many cycling outlets that can recommend some appropriate cycling shorts (padded) and tops if required.  We are expecting warm weather for the ride so light clothing, comfortable trainers or cycling shoes, and plenty of sun screen is advised. We are hoping to also have available a branded top for those cycling. Further details will be shared later.

Will we be passing on an actual baton?

Each cycling group will carry a virtual baton representing the length and breadth of care homes participating in Care Home Open Week.

The official route doesn’t cover my area, can I still participate in the Great British Care Cycle Relay?

As we have only 5 days to ride, there is unfortunately only so much of the country that can be covered in the official ride. However, those that are keen to join are always welcome to travel and register to join any of the routes stops. Outside of the official route, we are encouraging care homes in all regions to use this as an opportunity to connect with other care homes in their own respective area and plan your own mini relay to visit each other and give a big high five as we Champion Social Care across the country. To encourage maximum participation, this year we will also be launching the Great British Care Cycle Virtual Relay, a static bike ride that will travel the same distances as the official route, allowing residents, teams and visitors to also hop on a bike in their care home and participate alongside the main ride.

Whether you join the official route or simply take an afternoon out during Care Home Open Week to cycle around the Care Homes near you, we hope you will join so many others as we unleash the inner cyclists in us, and together pedal our way to shine a spotlight on care services at the heart of every community across the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

For more information you can read the cyclist Information Document here.

For transport details please click here.

Alternatively, please contact championingsocialcare@caretechfoundation.org.uk, for further information about the Great British Care Cycle Relay or select ‘register here’ to register your interest. When entry opens we’ll let you know.

 

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