Cyclists needed for charity challenge

October 02 2018

A CHARITY which supports local hospitals is looking for people to join the Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge next year.

Above & Beyond, the official charity for UH Bristol hospitals, will hold the flagship event from September 11-15, 2019. 

The fifth annual event will see 80 cyclists taking a new 470km route from the centre of Bristol to the French capital, where they will finish by the Eiffel Tower. 

The event is open to all cycling abilities, with nutrition and bike maintenance support, group training rides and fundraising tips and advice all included.

With people travelling to the hospitals from Swindon, Gloucester and even Cornwall there is no limit to who can join the ride – either as a team with colleagues, friends or family, or as individuals. 

Catherine Harris, who took part in last year’s event, said: "The atmosphere on the ride was amazing and I made lots of new friends. It’s great to know that the all money raised is staying right here in Bristol to help our hospitals."

Previous participants have included a cystic fibrosis patient from Swindon, the dad of a baby who had surgery while still in the womb and a heart attack patient – all treated at Bristol city centre hospitals.

Edd Smith, corporate partnerships and community fundraising manager for Above & Beyond, said: "This year cyclists can choose to fundraise for whichever of the nine UH Bristol hospitals that means the most to them.

"Taking part is a fantastic way to say thank you to the incredibly hardworking NHS staff and we expect there to be a mix of staff, patients, companies and individuals looking for a new challenge.

"Places on the ride are limited so sign up now to avoid missing out."

For more information or to sign up visit the Above & Beyond website or call 0117 927 7120.