REGISTRATION FEE: £60 (non-refundable)
MINIMUM SPONSORSHIP: £600 (£300 by the 8 March 2019)
Join us on this 2 day iconic cycle event from Whitehaven to North Shields, as we conquer the infamous Coast to Coast route. Pedalling from west to east, we encounter the glorious countryside and scenic views of the District National Park and North Pennines. As demanded by tradition, you will get to dip your back wheel into the sea at the beginning of your epic journey and your front wheel in at the end, then celebrate your achievement as you tick this challenge off your list!
Day 1 – Arrive at Whitehaven
After arriving at your accommodation in Whitehaven during early evening, you will be greeted by your Chapeau crew who will register you onto the event and provide you with all the information you will need for an early start the following morning.
Day 2 – Whitehaven to Alston
Approximate cycling distance 128km (80 miles)
After a good night’s rest and hearty breakfast we begin the start of our epic challenge by dipping our back wheels into the Irish Sea in Whitehaven and posing for photos by the steel sculpture that marks the official start point. We set off heading towards the Lake District National Park, immediately delivering on the staggering views the area is famed for. We pass through Ennerdale Water and Loweswater, before the long ascent over Whinlatter Pass. The resinous scent of mature conifer trees fills the air, as we continue into Whinlatter Forest, the only true mountain forest in the country, the alpine like Siskins Café is lovely, as are the picnic spots where glimpses of the resident red squirrels can be seen scurrying around. We continue east towards Penrith, where we look to take in lunch, after which, we head onto our second long climb over Hartside where we will have our final drinks stop for the day. Don’t forget our support crew will be looking after you all the way! We then descend towards Garrigill before finally heading onto Alston, our stop for the night for a well-earned rest.
Day 3 – Alston to North Shields
Approximate cycling distance 96km (60 miles)
After a good nights sleep and hearty breakfast we start the second day of our cycling challenge heading into the village of Nenthead, England’s highest village. As we descend down to the Northumberland border we begin to climb again towards Rookhope and Parkhead where the views are spectacular! Once the climbs are behind us the challenge becomes gentler as we descend towards the North Sea with our route crossing some breathtakingly beautiful open moors along the Waskerley Way with some incredible views over the North Pennines. At Lydgetts Junction in Consett, we head for our destination of north Shields, passing the magnificent bridges that span the Tyne and rolling past the doors of the Cycle Hub at Newcastle Quayside, a wonderfully friendly café bar and the hangout of choice for many cyclists. The lovely town of North Shields awaits and is a beautiful backdrop to end this magnificent challenge before dipping those front wheels in the North Sea to complete the challenge.
• GPX cycle routes from Whitehaven to North Shields
• 2 nights accommodation in hotels, based on a twin share
• Breakfast on the morning of each ride day
• Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
• Crew support including a mechanic and support vehicle carrying water & snacks
• Transportation back to starting point for participants and bikes
• Lunches and evening meals are not included and are payable locally
• A bicycle
• Personal travel insurance
• Drinks, personal items or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit.
• Remember to allow extra for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and other personal expenses.
• We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.