On your bike for cycle challenge

Charity cycle in aid of Marie Curie .Left to right Purple Mountain biker Vicky Griffin,Bruno Iesini,Purple Mountain biker Beth Havelock.Picture Richard Ponter 120520.
Charity cycle in aid of Marie Curie .Left to right Purple Mountain biker Vicky Griffin,Bruno Iesini,Purple Mountain biker Beth Havelock.Picture Richard Ponter 120520.

HAVE you got the pedal power to complete the newly launched 2012 off-road Coast to Coast cycle challenge?

Off-road cycle company Purple Mountain, based in Pickering, is calling on cyclists to join them for a weekend of fun and the opportunity to raise funds to support the local Marie Curie Nursing Service.

Set over three days, from Friday 22 to Sunday June 24, the three day guided cycle challenge starts at Grange over Sands in Cumbria, following off-road routes and cycle trail passing through the spectacular rural area of Southern Lakeland and on to the picturesque Yorkshire Dales and Moors, ending with a chance to dip wheels in the sea at Sandsend, above Whitby.

After the 150-mile journey, riders can then rest their legs and celebrate at a gala dinner at the 5 star Raithwaite Hall.

Cheryl Barrett, area fundraising manager for Marie Curie Cancer Care said: “We are very grateful to the team at Purple Mountain for the colossal amount of time and effort they give to ensure each rider enjoys a personal sense of achievement and ultimate team camaraderie.”

Purple Mountain can provide mountain bike hire if required, mechanics, qualified first aiders, trip doctor, luggage transfers, a support vehicle and more.

Registration is £60 followed by a one-off fee to cover accommodation and food, either £220 for those who elect to stay in Youth Hostels along the route or £300 for bed and breakfast.

The challenge is open to around 50-60 riders who must be a minimum age of 18 years.

By taking on the challenge riders will be not only taking part in this special event, but also helping Marie Curie Cancer Care to reach more terminally ill patients, enabling them to receive high quality nursing care in their own homes.

For further information about the cycle ride, or to register your place, visit www.purple mountain.co.uk/mariecuriecoast2coast or telephone Purple Mountain on 01751 460011.

You can contact the local Marie Curie Fundraising Office on (01904) 436625 or e-mail: Cheryl.barrett@mariecurie.org.uk .