The Coast to Coast Challenge returns this summer and here’s how to participate

A spectacular 155-mile route of off-road and on-road action lies at the heart of the Coast to Coast cycling challenge which will make a welcome return this summer.

The event – which will help raise funds for charity – will take place over three days in June against a stunning backdrop that will include part of the route used by the Tour de France and the Tour de Yorkshire. The west coast to east coast challenge, covering a variety of landscapes, would be suitable for gravel, hybrid or mountain bikes and the organizers say that, with the level of support they offer, 99% of those who start will finish what they call the journey of a lifetime.

The big event – the 12th – will return from June 17-19 and Coast to Coast is described as fully guided, with mechanical and medical support as well as “fantastic food and packed pit stops”. There is a choice of hostels or bed and breakfasts along the way, as well as luggage transport, to encourage people from everywhere to participate.

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Coast to Coast’s charity partner is Marie Curie and the participants will be helping to provide care and support to terminally ill people and their families in their homes. The hope is to raise £30,000 for the cancer charity.

The challenge will start at Grange over Sands in the west and then cross the country to Scarborough on the east coast. In between, the route crosses the Southern Lakes and the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

The changing landscape over the three-day race will include off-road trails such as bridle paths and short single-track sections as well as quiet back roads; the difficult Pennines; lush greenery and hidden green valleys. ThisThe 155 mile length will include 3,352 meters of climbing.

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Those interested can register for a limited number of places and will have the choice between a hostel or a B&B for their three nights of accommodation. There will be two or three pit stops per day along the way and these will include lunches, healthy snacks, sports nutrition and cakes.

Breakfasts will be provided at the accommodation and dinner will be enjoyed together. Those who complete the ride are then promised a “hero’s welcome” as well as a celebratory dinner at a luxury hotel.

There will be medals and a party too. Registration is £100 and the total cost of the hostel package is £439, with the B&B package costing a total of £529. All profits will go to the Marie Curie association against cancer.

Over its 10 year history, Coast to Coast has helped raise over £250,000 for various charities. He asks this year’s runners to raise as much as possible in sponsorship, saying: “We know that many people are discouraged from participating in charity events due to the large sums participants are expected to raise.

“We chose to approach things slightly differently and ask runners to prepay their accommodation and food costs and then collect as much as possible.” For more information on Coast to Coast and to register, click here.

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