The NSPCC Tour of England is a series of multi-stage cycling events that offer the ultimate pro-rider experience to all abilities of amateur cyclist.
The series is made up of two events for 2014 – NSPCC Tour of the South East and NSPCC Tour of Yorkshire. Both events are split over two days, taking riders on a stunning journey, over iconic climbs and through Tour de France and Olympic road race territory and also including the opportunity for riders to try their hand at circuit racing.
You can customise your ride with the Tour of England, testing yourself in the Race group, taking more of a team approach to the task ahead in the Ride group, or just completing the challenge to Raise money for the NSPCC. Whatever your ability on a bike, you are welcome on the Tour of England. The event is not all pushing pedals; each event features a special Yellow Jersey Dinner featuring presentations and special guest speakers.
Riders will also benefit from a comprehensive pre-event programme of training rides and coaching sessions, plus free tour jerseys, on-event nutrition and many other goodies.
The first event in 2014, NSPCC Tour of the South East is held over the weekend of 7-8 June, and offers a testing 180-mile route split over two days meandering its way through the countryside from the Cyclopark in Gravesend to Guildford and back.
The second event, NSPCC Tour of Yorkshire, 19-20 July falls just a fortnight after the Tour de France gets underway in the county and is set out much like the first Tour of England event – 180 miles over two days.
NSPCC Head of Participation Events, Gavin Spencer, said: “Following the success of Team GB’s cyclists at London 2012, we’ve seen a huge increase in the popularity of charity cycling events which represent an exciting new fundraising stream for us. We’re delighted to be able to build on this with the NSPCC Tour of England – a great opportunity to enjoy the professional peloton experience, whilst raising money to help protect children and prevent abuse. Places are limited, so sign up today to avoid disappointment!”
The NSPCC is one of the most high profile charities in the UK and the only one focused on ending child cruelty across the country. Currently 90% of their funding comes from public donations and so money raised from the events like the Tour of England is important to them.
There is a special offer on entry for British Cycling Members where the registration fee of £49.00 is waived for all fundraisers (therefore just £300 to raise for NSPCC) or a £30 discount on self funded places (£139 instead of £169).
For non-members, riders who commit to raising £300 for the NSPCC will pay a registration fee of just £49. Alternatively, riders can register without a minimum sponsorship commitment for £169. Tickets for the Yellow Jersey Dinner are included in the fundraising option, and £50 for everyone else.
Race Group – £20 (open to novices and British Cycling 4th Category riders only).