The Tour of Britain and The Prostate Cancer Charity have today revealed three new amateur cycle rides for 2010 – The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Rides.  According to the press release, cyclists of all levels will have the opportunity to measure themselves against the pro riders from The Tour of Britain, by taking on the same full stages from Britain’s national cycle tour event.

The events – scheduled to take place in September – are:

  • Sunday 5 Sep – South West: A brand new addition to The Tour Ride roster  will see riders take on a tough route from Minehead to the South Devon Coast covering a total of 150km.
  • Saturday 18 Sep – London: The second year this event is happening, will see cyclists ride a route that takes in some of the most iconic landmarks in the capital, just before the final stage of The Tour.
  • Sunday 26 September – Stoke-on-Trent: The inaugural event in 2009 saw 1,300 plus cyclists take to the surrounding roads of Stoke. Included in that field was British Road Race Champion Kristian House (see pic below). This year sees the 145km event start and finish in Stoke (although exact route is still to be confirmed). For those who follow my blog will remember me going on a ride with 2004 Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt on this very route last year. Read more about that here.

For the exception of London, both South West and Stoke events will also offer  challenge routes of 70km and family routes of 20km. This is great as now people of all ages and abilities can take part, allowing more people to spend their day out on the bicycle.

According to the Tour Ride website, the rides will cost £40 for the full stage distances, £30 for the 70km distances and £20 for a family of four to do the 20km Family Rides, in both Stoke-on-Trent and the South West.

Entries close on 1 September 2010 but as places are limited and expected to fill up fast, riders are being encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

So, if this tickles your fancy and you’d like to spend a day out on the bike experiencing what life as a pro taking part in The Tour of Britain is like, then make sure to sign up for the event as soon as possible.

Last but not least, here are some pictures from the 2009 Tour Ride event in Stoke-on-Trent:

The Tour of Britain lead vehicle getting ready to lead out the riders for the Tour Ride

British Road Race Champion Kristian House and the team from Sharp4Prostate

Neutral service on The Tour Ride provided by Saddleback, distributors of SRAM, Felt and ZIPP

Free food and drinks at all the food stops on The Tour Ride

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Comments
  1. Margo Lumby says:

    Hope you are going to announce an event in Colchester?

    • Craig says:

      Well, for this year there won’t be any. But that doesn’t mean the company won’t be up for having discussions with Colchester CC about the Tour Rides. Are you doing of the rides this year?

  2. Margo Lumby says:

    Hi Craig, I am sponsoring a local cycling team run by Patrick Schills, an ex National Champion and hope that the various amateurs will get a chance to join in some of the races.

    Certainly will be following the races, if not live, on tv.

  3. […] Remember, there are three routes to choose from and three rides at each, for the exception of London, which offers only one ride. For more details on all the Rides on offer (dates, distances, etc) in The Tour Rides, check out my previous posting on The Tour Rides. […]

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