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The IDAS sponsored cycle challenge. 17th September, 2016

Do you enjoy cycling? Are you free on 17th September, 2016?

Do you want to make a difference locally to children and young people who are victims of domestic violence? This year we would like 100 people to join us in a sponsored cycle to commemorate the 100 women who were murdered last year. The money we raise will be used to help support children and young people who've lived with domestic violence.

What are the routes like?

There are three cycle routes available of 70, 40 and 20 miles, so we hope that you'll be able to find a route that suits your level of fitness and experience.

All cyclists start from the Millennium Bridge near Rowntree Park.

The 20 mile route follows the Sustrans National Cycling Network NCN 65 from York to Beningbrough Hall and back. The terrain is flat and relatively easy going with lots of off road sections which makes it ideal for less experienced cyclists. There will be a pit stop near Beningbrough Hall where you can top up on water and other refreshments.

The 40 mile cycle takes in the same route between York and Beningbrough before taking quiet and fairly flat country roads to Easingwold. There will be a pit stop at Easingwold where you can take on on water and other refreshments before heading back to York.

The 70 mile cycle route will use the National cycling network NCN 65 from York to Easingwold and then the National Byway Easingwold loop. The route between York and Easingwold is fairly flat, with several off-road sections. The Easingwold loop section is a lot more challenging and takes in the beautiful Howardian Hills (AONB). This section is on quieter, country routes. The route is suitable for all bike types.

How fit do I need to be?

For the 70 mile cycle ride you will need to be an experienced cyclist with a good level of fitness.

There are lots of websites that offer information on training regimes for particular cycle lengths. A good place to start is We Are Cycling UK's How to prepare for a charity cycle challenge page.

Both the 40 and 20 mile routes require a moderate level of fitness.

What is provided and what should I bring?

For the cycle you should bring the following:

  • Water bottle
  • Refreshments
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Pump
  • Waterproofs
  • Sunscreen.

We will provide the following:

  • Water and rehydration sachets,
  • Fruit and other basic refreshments,
  • First Aid equipment.

These will be available every 10 miles or so.

What time and where do we start?

The 70 mile cycle will start at 8am from Millennium Bridge next to Rowntree Park in York. The 40 and 20 mile cycles will start at the same place at 10am.

How do I register and why is there a charge?

You can register by completing a registration form and returning it with payment to us.

The registration charge is £10 per entrant and this will be used to pay towards things like refreshments. Many sponsored events require participants to raise a minimum amount of money. We've decided against this as we want as many people as possible to take part.

The registration fee can be paid as a cheque to 'Independent Domestic Abuse Services' or as a donation through our Just Giving web-page: www.justgiving.com/IDAS

How do I raise funds?

We have developed a sponsorship form which you can use to secure sponsorships from friends, colleagues or family members. You can also set up your own Just Giving page which means that people will be able to make donations on-line. If you visit our Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/IDAS this will provide you with details on how you go about setting up your own page.

You will be responsible for ensuring that you collect and send on donations to us.

Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, BBC Children in Need, Leading Light Accreditation by Safe Lives
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