While it’s a trivial matter compared to the enormity of COVID-19, many have been frustrated by the understandable restrictions on cycling these past months. This restriction has, of course, meant no Channel to Channel or Hayling cycle rides. The network derived from these events includes hundreds of riders who I am sure will feel the same as I do.
As a group we have raised a huge amount for charity over the years and we can leverage this body of people to help at least one of the many charities that are financially impacted by COVID-19. So what about a Paris To Hayling Virtual Challenge? There are various ways of measuring a route from Paris to the ferry port at Ouistreham but about 170 miles will do. Then add 10 miles for the journey from Portsmouth to Hayling and you have 180 miles. Let’s cycle it virtually! Click here for more details and registration.
Held annually since 1986, way before the current cycling boom, the Hayling Cycle Ride is almost certainly the oldest UK-based, multi-day charity ride and indeed possibly the oldest in the World. It was originally a ride from Paris to Hayling hence it is often referred to as "The Paris To Hayling" and indeed the French capital, or somewhere close by, often features in the route.We leave Hayling Island on a Sunday in early July, ride for five days usually in France, and return on the following Saturday. Destinations and routes vary from year to year. The only condition for entry to the ride is that you raise at least £150 for charity in addition to the entry fee.
Key features of this special event include:
- You can ride for any charity you chose
- You pay for 100% of your ride; all sponsorship raised goes to charity; sponsors are not paying for your holiday
- The ride is supported: we carry your luggage between hotels, arrange refreshment stops along the route, and we are there to help if anything goes wrong
- We provide printed and electronic routes so you can travel at your own pace on your own bike either with friends, in groups, or on your own
- The Ride is organised entirely by unpaid volunteers; even support team members pay to participate
- We focus on making the event as enjoyable as possible with great en-route stops and fantastic camaraderie; many riders return year after year, finding the ride truly addictive