Introducing the Rugbytots 10th Anniversary Bike Ride, in aid of Wooden Spoon
When and where is the event?
This iconic fully supported 4-day bike ride takes place on Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 August 2017
The 323-mile route from Lands End to London takes in some of the best scenery in southern England. If you like the idea of traffic-free cycling through stunning countryside, this ride is for you!
What is the ride in aid of?
The purpose of the ride is to celebrate Rugbytots 10th Anniversary and – most importantly – to raise money for Wooden Spoon, the children's charity of rugby.
Who are Wooden Spoon?
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, Wooden Spoon fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since their founding in 1983, Wooden Spoon have distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.
How do I enter? And what are the sponsorship requirements?
To join us for this amazing event, first fill in the form below.
To confirm your entry, you will then need to pay a £250 non-refundable deposit.
Next, you will need to raise a minimum of a further £1,400 in sponsorship for Wooden Spoon. £500 of your sponsorship must be submitted by 31 March 2017 and the remaining £900 by 31 October 2017.
Full support prior to the challenge, including kit lists, training advice and fundraising ideas
Invitations to organised training days
2 specially designed event cycling jerseys and an event polo shirt
3 nights' bed and breakfast in a Premier Inn or equivalent standard of accommodation
Lunch plus morning and afternoon breaks each day
Full support crew including a mechanic and a physio
Support vehicles carrying day boxes for each rider plus the transfer of luggage to each overnight stop
Motorbike support marshal
Laminated route cards and maps plus GPX routes
End of ride dinner at Twickenham stadium
Day 1: Land's End to Liskeard
75.7 miles (+4428 ft / -4191 ft)
Our opening day leads us away from the wild coast of the North Atlantic at Lands' End, and passes the iconic St Michael's Mount.
We head via Penzance towards Camborne, keeping away from busy roads and roller-coastering our way to Redruth.
You will see lots of traditional Cornish landscape along the way, as the route includes country lanes and pretty Cornish villages with strange names such as Scorrier, Perranzabuloe, Goonhavern and Rejerrah.
As we hit the 50-mile mark, we start to head due east towards our well earned overnight stop in Liskeard.
Day 2: Liskeard to Honiton
74.8 miles (+5554 ft / -5592 ft)
After leaving Liskeard, we continue to surf the rise and falls of Cornwall before, at 14 miles, crossing over the River Tamar and entering Devon.
En route to Oakhampton, we touch the northern tip of the Dartmoor National Park then enjoy a calorie controlled lunch of 'as much as you can eat'. After working our way along the northern edge of Dartmoor, we enjoy a descent of almost 16 miles into Exeter. We then skirt around the city and head east towards Honiton.
The route levels before a cheeky little rise at 67 miles, just to keep you on your toes before the end of the day.
Day 3: Honiton to Salisbury
79.6 miles (+5005 ft / -5229 ft)
Today's first 11 miles are spent in the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We then loop around Chard and – further to a few more lumpy bits – stop at Cricket St Thomas for tea and cake. It is then on to Crewkerne, Sherborne and Stalbridge.
You'll certainly earn your lunch, with an ascent up Gold Hill (where the famous Hovis TV advert with a delivery boy on a bike was filmed) and into Shaftesbury.
Fortunately, with every uphill, there’s a downhill – and the next is a spectacular one. It's 23 miles long, and passes through Cranborne Chase and into Salisbury, our overnight stop.
Day 4: Salisbury to London
84.4 miles (+2409 ft / -2540 ft)
The fourth and final day is fairly flat – but does include a few extra miles! The route takes us through Wiltshire, with its chalk downs and picturesque villages.
We skirt around the northern edge of Winchester, keeping away from the surrounding hills, before passing Farnborough, Woking and Weybridge.
Although we're heading towards probably the greatest city in the world, we steer clear of major roads and aim for our final destination (and reunion with friends and family) at Twickenham.
Rugbytots are old hands at tackling new challenges!
Join us for this fantastic fundraising event and you'll be in good company!
We've always been passionate about using our business to benefit others. In the past we’ve raised over £200k for the NSPCC, and from 2014 we've been equally energetic in our support of Wooden Spoon, the children's charity of rugby.
Our fundraising efforts have seen us tackle several big bike rides, including our 2015 World Cup Bike Ride from the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff to Twickenham, which raised over £100K for Wooden Spoon
Rugbytots 10th Anniversary Bike Ride event entry form