Virtual Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge Leg 1 – Canterbury to Ashford

$ 6.07

Use your lockdown cycling activities to take part in this Virtual Challenge and be an active supporter of this East Kent charity. All proceeds will go directly to supporting the work of Pilgrims Hospices.


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Are you a Pilgrims Hospices #StayHome hero? Turn your lockdown bike ride into a virtual traversal of the famous 100 mile Challenge route!

A favourite fixture in the East Kent cycling calendar for a number of years, the Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge provides participants with the opportunity to raise money for a great cause whilst challenging their cycling endurance. Typically held in late April or early May, this year’s event has been postponed until 23rd August because of the spread of Corona Virus.

Here at Virtual Rides we want to do our bit to help Pilgrims Hospices raise much needed funds to plug the fundraising gap until life returns to normal. So we are giving you the opportunity, wherever you are, to take part in a virtual version of the famous Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge. Over 3 weeks you will traverse 100 miles and help raise money for a great local charity.

Prizes for taking part

Every participant on any of the three legs will receive an exclusive digital ‘badge’ that can be shared on social media and elsewhere to show your support for Pilgrims Hospices. Complete all 3 legs and you will receive an official Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge medal in the post after the event!

How it works

Like any virtual ride, you can use any route you like in order to reach your chosen mileage. Under the current lockdown conditions, we strongly suggest you follow government advice and cycle a route that starts and finishes at your home to avoid any unnecessary travel. Pilgrims Hospices have also asked us that you do not use the virtual ride to pop in to any of their hospices, even if you are passing by. The safety of the patients and staff is paramount, and your participation in the virtual ride is the best means of showing your support.

So if you have a favourite ride around local country lanes, or cycle paths through your town or city, or even a turbo-trainer or exercise bike at home, then please use those to do your virtual ride. You can do the mileage in one go, or over a number of days. All that matters is you turn the pedals to cover the distance. We’re not even going to ask you to verify your mileage, so if you’re a bit over, or under, then that’s fine by us.

The Cycle Challenge route has evolved over the years to cater for greater numbers of participants, and to ensure the safety and comfort of the patients at all hospices. Our virtual version, however, can follow any route we wish. So I hope you are ready to use your imagination to take on some of the iconic Cycle Challenge highlights from years past!

Week 1 (3rd May – 9th May) – Canterbury to Ashford – 25 miles

You’ll need to work out your own, local equivalent route for this leg. Strava (registration required) has a very useful route-planning tool you can use for this. Whilst riding your route you may wish to imagine certain highlights of the Cycle Challenge from previous years…

Starting at the University sports ground in Canterbury, the current home of the Cycle Challenge start/finish, you’ll cover 25 miles of undulating countryside taking you to the Ashford Hospice. Highlights include:

  • A breathtaking view of Canterbury from the university grounds, high up on the hill
  • A hairy descent from Chartham down towards the dreaded…
  • Penny Pot Hill – miles of a relentless uphill road through picturesquese woods
  • Wye downs, where all the hard work uphill is rewarded with a panoramic view of East Kent

On Challenges past, arriving at Ashford Hospice you were guaranteed to be faced with friendly faces and a bountiful supply of food and hot drinks. So why not treat yourself to a home-baked cake and a cuppa made just the way you like when you finish your virtual ride!

Enter Now

Entering couldn’t be easier, all you need to do is purchase the entry below and we’ll send everything you need by email. If you’d like to raise sponsorship for your ride(s) then you can do so using the StayHomeHospiceHero page.

Please note that all proceeds received by Virtual Rides for the Pilgrims Hospices Virtual Cycle Challenge will go directly to supporting their skilled and compassionate end-of-life care services. Pilgrims nurses, doctors and support staff are Still Here; Still Caring for patients living with life-limiting illnesses right across east Kent, making them comfortable, alleviating pain and enabling them to live well for the time they have.

Virtual Rides and Pilgrims Hospices thank you for your support.

This ride benefits Pilgrims Hospices

Pilgrims Hospices has been providing end of life care and support for patients and their families across east Kent for more than 30 years.

They are a Registered Charity (no 293968) offering their services free of charge.

Their vision for hospice care is that everyone in east Kent should have access to services so they can cope with life-limiting illness with dignity and free from pain.