Newsletter number 1, 2019

In this newsletter:

  • Channel to Channel weekend
  • Places still available on the main ride
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Ian Pollicott

Channel to Channel weekend

A two-day ride from Bristol to Hayling with an overnight stop in Salisbury.

We are pleased to confirm that we are now taking entries for this year’s Channel to Channel (“C2C”).

This will take place on the weekend of 18th and 19th May.

Back  in 1990’s Peter McQuade came up with the idea of  organising a second bike ride in addition to the ParisTo Hayling. It seemed highly likely that two rides in a year would prove one too much! However with strong support  from the PTH Committee and in particular Fred Dyer,  we decided to give it a try and we tentatively pedalled out of  Weston-Super-Mare in May 2000. Now we are about to embark on the 20th event. It has proved ever popular, imbued with the same mixture of fun and friendship that has characterised our French ride, featuring  some great countryside and embracing quite a few decent hostelries!

It’s generally the same arrangements as last year i.e make your own way to Bristol on the Friday night (17th May) handing over bikes for transportation on the Thursday (16th May). Bike loading details will be confirmed nearer the time. There is a direct train to Bristol from the Portsmouth area. We will look to mark our special birthday in some way, details are still being worked out.

You will stay in Bristol City Centre and there will be many restaurants and pubs within walking distance.

The ride starts from Bristol on the Saturday morning and we ride approximately 60 miles to Salisbury via the dedicated cycle track between Bristol and Bath and then using the iconic Bath Two tunnels route. After an overnight stop in Salisbury (again, in the centre of town) we ride approximately another 60 miles where the event finishes on Hayling Island.

We have had to increase the price by £10 this year since we made a small loss last year and a larger one the year before. Also we have withdrawn the deposit option and its now full payment with entry. It’s unfortunate that we have had to do this but chasing outstanding part payments has become a fairly time consuming aspect of organising this event. The cost for the weekend is £150 which includes 2 nights B&B and support (including bike transportation on the Friday and your luggage carried on the Saturday and Sunday).

Please see here for full details including entry form.

As last year we are being supported in the organisation of the event by Lynne Harris and you may well receive follow up communications from her.

Places still available on the main ride

There are a still places available on our main ride to Chartres. Full details here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We welcome sponsors for any aspect of our ride. We would be grateful for sponsors for bottled water, high energy products, medical supplies and support vehicles to name but a few. Please let us know if you or your Company can help us out.

We are currently in the process of designing this year’s jersey. Would you like to have your Company logo included? For a nominal fee this can be done. Help us by sponsoring the ride and advertising your Company at the same time. Contact for further details. Note, all logos must be received by the end of February to make the deadline.

Ian Pollicott

A number of you will remember Ian Pollicott who sadly passed away in November. Ian was particularly well known on Hayling as the co- founder of the Twinning Association, but he was also a very strong supporter of the Paris to Hayling over a number of years cycling, supporting and sitting on the committee. Generally together with his wife Averil, he also supported many “associated rides” perhaps most notably those organised  in France by Fred Dyer. Obviously our sympathies go out to Averil and family at this sad loss.

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