The Great Racing Welfare Cycle Event, 17th-22nd August 2021

The Great Racing Welfare Cycle Event, 17th-22nd August 2021

  • The Great Racing Welfare Cycle Event, 17th-22nd August 2021
    August 17, 2021 - August 22, 2021
    8:00 am

We are delighted to be working with Racing Welfare’s inaugural bike ride August 17th – 22nd 2021. The ride will start at Carlisle Racecourse and finish at Newton Abbott Racecourse 5 days later. Along the way there will be beautiful scenery, great camaraderie, and a glimpse of the Tour de Yorkshire routes ridden by the Pros.

Dates: August 17th – 22nd 2021

Cost per person:

  • Entry Fee: £250
  • Minimum Sponsorship: £2,000
  • For more information, visit  Racing Welfare

Day 1

Our focus for day one is the fabulous Yorkshire Dales and whichever route you choose, you will pretty much ride this from top to bottom.

The first half of the day winds its way along quiet country roads through Ingle Wood and Eden District and between the Lakes and the north Pennines until we enter the Dales after Kirkby Stephen.

For those seeking a tough challenge you tackle the famous Buttertubs from the harder northern side and then onto Fleet Moss (one of the climbs the Guardian described as the “climbs the Tour de France dared not tackle”).

For those taking the slightly easier route, you ‘just’ tackle Fleet Moss and ride through Deepdale before joining the Tour de France route once again down Wharfedale through Kettlewell and Grassington and into Skipton.

Day 2

Day 2 very much falls into 3 parts. Part one continues the route of the Tour De France Grand depart and takes on 2 climbs, Oxenhope Moor and the famous Cragg Vale, the longest continuous gradient in England. It’s not steep, with an average gradient of just over 3% but it is a classic.

At the top of Cragg Vale, the base route heads towards Manchester, whist the tougher route takes in a bit more of the Moors over Buckstone Pass until they both take a quiet route into Manchester for lunch at the Velodrome and National Cycle Centre.

After lunch there is some city riding before we enjoy the flat and rural 3rd part of the day through the pretty villages of Cheshire,  past Jodrell Bank finishing in the historic town of Middlewich, founded by the Romans on the confluence of three rivers: the Dane, Croco and Wheelock and now 3 canals also pass through the town, the Shropshire Union, Trent and Mersey, and the Wardle Canal.

Day 3

Day three and we have left the big climbs of the north behind us as we head south through Cheshire and into Shropshire, zig zagging our way across the Shropshire Union Canal, through Ironbridge and towards the Severn Valley south of Bridgenorth.

We skirt the edge of the Wyre forest and into the Malvern Hills district and Worcestershire.

Our destination is Worcester with a visit to the racecourse.

Day 4

Day four takes us through two Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Malvern Hills and the Wyle Valley, including the Forest of Dean. For those who want an extra challenge we’ve included an optional loop in the Forest of Dean with approx. 18k and 500m of elevation.

After that it’s via Chepstow racecourse and across the Severn Bridge enjoying the great views as we go, through the outskirts of Bristol and then across the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Our destination is south of Bristol but north of the Mendips.

Day 5

We’ll get an early start and take advantage of a fantastic start to the day across the Mendips and through Cheddar Gorge. After that it’s a long flat stretch between Burnham on Sea and Glastonbury until we hit the Blackdown Hills, another AONB.

Option for those that want a 100 mile day will be to go east of Honiton and climb back for views along the East Hill strips.

After descending off the hills its another 30k to the top of the Exe estuary, where we head south east along the estuary and past Powderman Castle, hugging the coast until we hit Teignmouth, where we head inland to Newton Abbot.

Target eta 17.00.


  • Amazing sites of Yorkshire from the manmade such as Ripon Cathedral and Bolton Abbey, to the natural such as Brimham Rocks and Malham Cove
  • 2 route options per day with Tour de France climbs
  • Cragg Vale – Britain’s longest continuous ascent
  • Visit to the heart of British Cycling – the Manchester Velodrome
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge
  • The Forest of Dean
  • Cheddar Gorge
  • Excellent accommodation


Included in your Package:

  • 4 night’s twin room en suite hotel accommodation. The night before the ride starts and the night the ride finishes are not included in the costs.
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 5 excellent picnic lunches
  • Refreshment stops in the morning and afternoon on each riding day
  • 4 x 3 course evening meals
  • Guided riding on your choice of 1-2 routes each day
  • Guides at a ratio of approx 1 pie guide to 10 cyclists
  • Support vehicles with bike spares, med kits, water, etc
  • Tour leaders in charge of the logistics of the ride
  • Medics x 1
  • pie water bottles
  • Safe storage of bikes overnight

Not Included in the Package

  • Single room – available for a supplement
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle insurance
  • Personal expenditures
  • Travel to the start or from the finish


At the time of writing, we are looking forward to a slight relaxation of the Covid restrictions on our lives and the government vaccination programme means that everyone over 18 will have been vaccinated by the start of the trip. However we will still be mindful of the regulations and our part in reducing the spread of the virus.

  • We ask you not to attend the Racing Welfare Bike Ride if you have any symptoms.
  • We ask if you have not had a vaccine that you get tested to reduce transmission. There are council run test centres available for people to attend to see if they are asymptomatic. You will receive the test results in 30 minutes by text or email. If you have a positive test result within 3 days of the start of the ride we ask you do not attend.
  • Although we will spend most of the day outdoors, indoors it may still be the law to wear a face mask while moving around inside. Please therefore bring a mask to wear while at the refreshment stops during the day and in the communal areas of the hotels.
  • Where possible wash your hands. Where not possible there will be plenty of hand sanitiser gel in our vans, at the stops and in the hotel so please use them liberally.
  • Give people space – not everyone will have been vaccinated.

Insurance – travel and bike

pie is delighted to be an approved partner of Yellow Jersey Cycle Insurance. Get 10% off using the code pieevents10.

Testimonial from a Previous Rider

“I’ve ridden many time on pie events over the years, and I can say without fear of contradiction they are superb. And that word applies to all the essential components of a great trip – the organisation, accommodation, food, guiding, support, location and routing. Oh – I left out the craic and camaraderie as well!”

Dermot Murnaghan, Sky News Reader

Racing Welfare


Racing Welfare is a registered charity supporting the workforce of British horseracing. We offer professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and racecourse staff whose dedication is vital for the well-being of racing. Our work aims to help people, from recruitment to retirement, to thrive in day to day life and through a range of life’s challenges.

Racing Welfare is committed to attaining the best possible standards of safeguarding and promoting the health and welfare of everyone who comes into contact with the charity.


If your bike looks like this after lockdown:


….You may want to start some training!

pie Guides

The Great Racing Welfare Cycle Event is a guided ride with groups being led by pie guides who are familiar with the terrain and who help all abilities complete the challenge. For those not familiar with the pie guiding system:

  • We offer guided rides to 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 skills
  • All of our 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
  • We 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 above, and then start some training to minimise the gap!
  • Meet the pie team

For bookings please contact:

Naomi Jones, Corporate Fundraising and Events Manager at Racing Welfare:

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We look forward to seeing you on the ride!

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