THE BIG BIKE RIDE 3

Big Bike Ride 13th-17th October 2017   

As part of the PCA's 50th Birthday celebrations and what is likely to be one of the last of TMT's major fund-raisers we’re going back on the road again - cycling from Edgbaston, Birmingham and finishing in Cardiff. This 5 day challenge is a great way to support the PCA Benevolent Fund and Tom Maynard Trust charities.

The event is sponsored by Full Time Cover.

Online registration is now open for BBR3! 

You should go to:  https://www.riderhq.com/events/70385/big-bike-ride-3-in-aid-of-pca-benevolent-fund-and-tom-maynard-trust/110992/big-bike-ride-3/enter You will be asked to enter your contact information and make a non-refundable deposit payment of £250.00 to confirm your place on the ride.

We are asking for an up-front deposit, of £250, plus the required online admin charge.  This is, as before, non-refundable. The reason for this is that from the organisers’ perspective we have to commit a significant amount of money in advance, such as for hotel bookings and kit and we also need to be sure that everyone who commits will, other than in exceptional circumstances, take his or her place and do the required fundraising.   To ride the full five days, riders are required to raise a minimum of £1,250, including the £250 deposit.

To help you to raise your additional fundraising of £1,000 we have set up a ‘MyDonate’ fundraising event page from which you can start your own personal fundraising page. You will need to click on ‘start fundraising’ and then register your own personal account. You can start by clicking here - https://mydonate.bt.com/events/bigbikeride3/386971.

The £1,250 ride fee will cover your accommodation in a twin room for the duration of the ride plus all meals and snacks on route. Single rooms may occasionally be available but an additional supplement will need to be paid. A full support team of mechanics, physios and others will be available throughout the ride.  

The intention, as this is likely to be the final ride we organise, has always been to link the two charities by starting at Edgbaston (this being where the PCA was founded fifty years ago) and finishing in Cardiff (where the TMT is based). 

The original route had us sweeping up to Shrewsbury, across into North Wales, then down through Snowdonia and Aberystwyth to Brecon and on to Cardiff. Unfortunately the logistics for this one defeated us. Accommodation isn’t what it might be and the local community club support (such a feature of BBR2) meant we were struggling to find suitable stops for meals and breaks. 

So we have adapted it. The route below, at just shy of 360 miles, is a bit shorter than the previous two but there are, as you would now come to expect of the BBR, some tough stages and some challenging climbs. The aim is still that it should still represent a proper riding challenge but it has been based on our experience of the first two and the range of riding abilities we are likely to see join us. The final route is still being finalised and will be tested in the Spring. It still links Edgbaston and Cardiff, but it now heads north east first and then down through the Welsh Marches, taking in pre-identified cricket and other stops.  It may still be refined and some stops changed following testing but these are the links to the route as it stands at the moment:

We very much hope you are up for joining us and relishing the challenge of the ride, the camaraderie and fun associated with the challenges that will undoubtedly come and the sense of achievement and fulfilment that raising money to help others can bring.  The money raised can make such a difference.

If you have any queries give Ali Prosser a call on 07769 880888 Email - aprosser@thepca.co.uk

For an insight into the last bike ride we undertook in 2015 have a look at the video below.