Information about our Charity Cycle down through France in August 2010. For more information visit http://www.hospicecyclechallenge.com/
Text of La Manche to Le Med Cycle 2010
In aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice
Total Distance is 970km (600 miles)
Cycling 110km a day in 9 days
• We will be travelling from Saint-Malo to St-Pierre La Mer.
• We will be camping every night while we are there.
• The route is fairly flat allowing us to cycle at around 22mph, for 6-8 hours straight; but it is so well planned we hit hills over the last few days.
• We leave on the 2nd of August and return on the 15th.• Our first night will be in St Malo ready to start cycling
9 consecutive days in the morning.• By the end of the challenge there will be a 4 day rest
period before a drive back.
Cyclists•Kieron Stewart (aged 16)•Stephen Smith (17)•Arthur Halsey (16)•James Windley (16)Who’s Going?
• 4 Cyclists• 3 Support Crew• 2 Drivers
Support Crew•Georgia Lakey•Carrie-Anne Heath•Ben Harvey
Drivers•Arthur’s Father•James’ Mother
• We wanted a challenge• To raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice• The Hospice needs to independently raise £4400 every day / £2.2million yearly
• They rely on over 350 volunteers and the generosity of everyone to fundraise the £2.2 million to provide for the care of over 800 people Island wide.
• Months of planning/training and the two week challenge itself, all so the Hospice can run for a day and a half.
HospiceWhy The Challenge?
• We hope to gain sponsorship from local companies and discounts from ferries etc all bring down the costs
• The budget suggests the challenge will cost £4000• We personally will be putting in money for the bikes
Current ideas to help raise funding:•Having a Stand at Walk the Wight.•Bag packing at Supermarkets•Giving talks to local groups.•An Island Cycle.
Our main idea of fundraising is our Publicity. We already have bookings for IW Radio.
We currently have five different online sites/pages, these are:
Our Main Hospice Cycle Challenge WebsiteJustGiving pageFacebook group
TwitterPrivate Google Site
We have tried to broaden the range of audience we
reach, the more sites obviously the more we reach.
• This is our main website• Courtesy of Gamson Gray
It contains:• News, Profiles, Gallery, Challenge Details, Training Log, Sponsor Details, and a Contact Us
• Facebook across the Island in our age group is vastly used.
• It is used for small updates, share photo’s, notify members
• Any member of Facebook can join
• An average adult consumes 2000 calories a day, with training we consume double that daily
• On the challenge itself we will have to consume over 10,000 calories every day
• We are working with CNP Professional (one of our sponsors for nutrition) to develop an ‘eating’ schedule
• Wight Mountain were extremely helpful in helping choosing and gaining the right bikes.
• There will be one flat bar Raliegh AIRLite SF 2.0 (pictured left) for Arthur and three drop bars Raliegh AIRLite 100 for the rest of us (pictured right)
• Bike training begins every morning (including weekends) at 6:00 am, lasting 1-2 hours before school. Again evening training lasts another hour. Training is highly intensive and our diets are just as important
• Weekend training consists of a large group Island cycle of around 50 miles, altering our course weekly
• We put in around 25 hours of training throughout the week
• As part of the training for the cycle, we will have a back to back training days.
• We will cycle around a pre-planned route around the Island, be camping overnight, and then we will cycle again the next day.
• This will be a practise run for everybody – the cyclists will be accompanied by the support crew.