The charity Asthma UK has launched a two-day charity ride along the South Coast called Beach to Beach, starting at the bucket-and-spade-friendly golden sands of Bournemouth and finishing at the more pebbly Brighton.
Along the way, the itinerary takes in some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery, heading inland through the New Forest on day one then onto the South Downs for an overnight stop at West Wittering, then along the South Coast past resorts such as Worthing and Shoreham on day two to the finish in Brighton.
The 80-mile ride takes place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May, coinciding with the end of the charity’s fundraising week, and you can sign up by visiting Asthma UK’s website, or by telephoning 0800 121 62 55. The registration fee of £49 includes overnight camping, and minimum sponsorship is £250.
All participants will get an Asthma UK T-shirt plus a fundraising pack, regular team newsletters, tips and advice on training, support from the team at the event itself, and a post-event reception. The route itself will have clear signage, mechanical support and regular feeding stations.
Asthma UK also gives a nod to the 1950s heyday of the Great British seaside holiday, which has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance in recent years, by encouraging participants to wear in fancy dress from the period, with priozes on offer for the best – so roll up your trouser legs, stck some saucy postcards in your spokes and a knotted hankie or Kiss Me Quck hat on top of your lid, and you’re on your way. Using a stick of rock in place of a seatpost isn’t recommended, however.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.