Last year we had our own version of the Tour de Flandres, and this year we plan to follow in the tracks of the Giro d’Italia, which kicks off with its Grande Partenza in Belfast. Whilst all our other rides have set out from Hull, sailing east, this time we go west from Liverpool for our Northern Ireland Cycle Adventure 2014.
Leaving Liverpool on the overnight ferry on Friday 23rd May, we’ll start the first day in Belfast and ride north up to one of the greatest natural wonders of the UK – Giant’s Causeway. On the way we’ll cycle through some of the locations seen on Game of Thrones, and we’ll see the Bushmills whiskey distillery.
On the second day we’ll cycle back to Belfast along part of the Antrim Coast Road. We’ll ride east from Belfast on the third day, setting out on the Comber Greenway, described by the Guardian as one of Britain’s best bike rides, and going on to cycle round Strangford Lough before heading back up to Belfast.
Having cycled about 200 miles in three days, the fourth day is free for us to explore Belfast, with the option of taking the train to Dublin for the day (making sure to return to Belfast in good time for the evening ferry). Then we’ll travel overnight to Liverpool to arrive early on the morning of Wednesday 28th May.
If you’d like to be involved in a more leisurely way and even get a free trip, you could apply to drive the support car by emailing us. It’s a great opportunity for someone who isn’t doing the ride to join in the fun.
What you can expect from us
- We have two excellent ride guides and there’ll be a support car to carry your luggage.
- We’ll be a small, friendly group of about 20 riders.
- The cost of the ride is kept to a minimum at £250. This includes the ferry, all group accommodation, and breakfasts. It even includes the entrance fee for Giant’s Causeway!
- The ride is for people with some cycling experience, but there’s no need to be an expert – you’ll get loads of support and encouragement, and even get your punctures fixed!
- We’ll give you fundraising tips.
- You’ll meet new friends and generally have a great time.
What we expect of you
The aim of the ride is to raise money whilst we’re enjoying meeting a challenge. Unlike most charity sponsored events, we don’t ask you to raise a minimum amount, but we ask you to raise as much sponsorship as you can, and we’ll give you support in doing so.
Our bike rides have been a fantastic way of raising funds for our work with children who have special needs. Many of these children can’t communicate verbally, but we give them a means of expression by using music. To see some videos of how this works, click here.
Last year our bike ride raised over £11,000, which meant that we could run projects in four more special schools, benefitting over 200 children.
Registering for the ride
You can register for the ride on the link below. Please have your passport available when you register: you will be asked for the number. You will also be asked to pay £100 deposit. The balance will be due by 31 March. The deposit will be fully refundable (less an administration charge of £5) up to 1 March, should you need to cancel for any reason. If you cancel between 1 and 31 March we can refund 50% of the deposit. After 1 April I’m afraid we will not be able to offer a refund as we will have paid the balance on all travel and accommodation by then.
If you have any queries please email or call us on 01904 658189.