CTC challenge rides 2006

This year's CTC challenges offer something for cyclists of all aspirations with a range of distances

Will you accept the Challenges in 2006?

This year’s CTC challenges offer something for cyclists of all aspirations with a range of distances from Family routes to 150km romps across some of the most picturesque terrain in the country. You could accept the challenge of completing the full series or pick off places where you’ve never cycled before with events from Spring through Autumn and from the South West up to the Peaks and the North Yorkshire Moors.


Why not roam across historic Shakespeare country and the Historic Civil War battlegrounds in the Heart of England Challenge in May or join inimitable TV cycling commentator David Duffield on his favourite rides around his home in stunning Somerset countryside and challenging Cotswolds’ climbs.

The Ups and downs of the North Yorkshire Moors are rewarded by breathtaking views and the pretty vales of York in the Ron Kitching Challenge in June. August’s Phil & Friends routes reward and challenge in equal measure climbs of Holme Moss and Winnats pass punctuated by picturesque Peak District villages of Hope and Castleton. The Southern Challenge, series finale in September has successfully grouped every undulation in the Sussex Wealds and Ashdown Forest to provide more than just an autumn amble.

The rides follow a simple formula: rewarding routes, stunning scenery and great camaraderie. This is then coupled to a sense of great satisfaction in both completing the route and in the knowledge that you are raising vital funds for CTC Charitable Trust.

Heart of England Challenge
20 May – Meriden, Midlands

David Duffield Challenge
11 June – Bath, Somerset

Ron Kitching Memorial Challenge
24 June – York

Phil & Friends Challenge
13 Aug – Peak District

Southern Challenge Ride
09 Sept – Sussex

Audax double-centuries

The Challenge rides are undoubtedly – a challenge but if you really want to put some big miles in why not try a double-century 200 mile (over 320km). Audax UK are putting on two such rides aimed at C+ readers both on 10th June, one in Norfolk the other taking in Hampshire and Dorset. Entry forms can also be downloaded at http://www.audax.uk.net/doublecentury

The Norfolk ride starts and finishes at the John Innes Centre, Colney, near Norwich and takes in some of the best scenery in Norfolk, passing the Broads, visiting the coast and sampling the cakes and tea of the ladies of Briston in the Village Hall.

Faster riders will perhaps complete the course in around 13 hours, but a maximum of 21 hours 28 minutes is allowed – don’t forget your lights.

Entry fee for either double century is £8, but that includes refreshments.

For more information contact Keith Harrison or Sue Gatehouse 01603 450307 or 01603 405381 sueandkeith@freenet.co.uk

The other double century starts at the Community Centre, Denmead, in Hampshire and passes through the New Forest National Park via Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard, Lymington, Milford on sea, Burley, Wimborne, Blandford Forum, and Fordingbridge. The New Forest scenery is lovely at this time of the year and the long hours of daylight should make this cycle challenge achievable by most fit cyclists.

For more information contact Pam Pilbeam, 02392 267095 pam@pilbeams.co.uk.

Right, better start training.

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The rides raise vital funds and there are prizes for the best fundraisers. The latest details visit http://www.ctc.org.uk or contact Challenge Ride co-ordinator _”Matt Mallinder via e-mail: challengerides@ctc.org.uk or by phone 01483 520746