Our Summer 2019 Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

By 13th July 2018 No Comments

In June 2019, a team of energetic staff from Shadbolt Group will attempt to cycle the 135 Coast to Coast Route from Whitehaven to Sunderland and they want you to join them!

The three day ride will take place from 21st – 23rd June and include overnight stays at Penrith and Stanhope, taking in the stunning landscapes of the Lake District with over 3,600 metres of climbing.

The event will be undertaken to raise money for ‘I’m in for Will’ a muscular dystrophy charity which has been set up by friends of Shadbolt Group director, Lee Butler. (https://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/get-involved/family-funds/funds/im-in-for-will/)

Commenting on the event Lee Butler said:

“This will be an exciting and enjoyable event for our team and the partners and clients who would like to join us. June will be a great time of year for the event and hopefully the weather will be kind to us so we can see Cumbria and Northumberland in all their glory.

“The charity is named after a little boy called William Calvert who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2015. William’s parents are good friends of mine and they established ‘I’m in for Will’ to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, to keep vital research moving forward. I am pleased that our event will be able to support their cause and hopefully we can raise some much needed funds over the next 12 months.”

The event will commence on Thursday 27th June when riders and their bikes will be transported to Whitehaven. The event will finish on Sunday 30th June at Roker beach in Sunderland. The cost to take part in the event is £185 per rider, which covers the cost of accommodation and transport to Whitehaven.

To take part in the event please contact Joanne Madrell (joannem@shadboltgroup.net) before August 15th and a deposit of £55 per rider will be required before the end of August.

For further information on the event please see the itinerary below…

Day 1 – Early morning transport over to Whitehaven (approx. 2.5 hours drive).  Cycle from Whitehaven to Penrith – distance about 53 miles with around 1380 metres of climbing.  This is a great day of cycling to start the trip, with some beautiful biking bringing you into the Lake District National Park. A good challenge awaits to get over the Whinlatter pass and wonderful scenery accompanies you past Blencathra and Skiddaw as you head through the Lake District. You end the day passing through Greystoke, home of the Tarzan legend before reaching the bustling town of Penrith. Overnight in a lovely guest house or hotel.

Day 2 – Bike from Penrith to Stanhope – distance about 46 miles with around 1640 metres of climbing. For many people this is the toughest day with a long but very scenic climb over the infamous Hartside pass, reaching over 1900 feet above sea level. Luckily there is a great café at the top where you can refuel and take in the view back towards the Lake District. There is also a big downhill on the other side and some challenging, steep hills to tackle through the old mining towns of Nenthead and Allenheads with lovely and interesting scenery along the way. You’ll almost cross the Pennines before the end of the day and can rest overnight in a comfy guest house or hotel in Stanhope.

Day 3 – Bike from Stanhope to Sunderland – distance about 40 miles with around 600 metres of climbing. You climb up to the top of the moors again today, which gives you fantastic views right over to Newcastle. Then you hit the old railway lines and it’s good, fast going and is almost all flat or downhill to the North Sea coast. You cut a cross section through Sunderland and make your way to the lovely beach at Roker, the official end of your epic journey. If you still have the energy you can celebrate!