Event: Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride 27-30 August 2021

Join us for the 2021 Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride over the August Bank Holiday weekend (27-30 August 2021) and raise funds to support the work of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields with homeless and vulnerable people in central London. The Friends of the Connection at St Martin’s urgently needs funds to help more people make a fresh start away from the streets. The Connection is based a few yards from the site of one of the original Queen Eleanor crosses.

There’s a choice of options designed to reflect your cycling ability and also reflect the COVID guidelines that may be in place at the time.

200 miles cycling from Harby near Lincoln, where Queen Eleanor died in 1290, and following the route of the Queen Eleanor Crosses to Charing Cross in London. The ride starts on Friday morning and ends at Westminster Abbey on Monday, followed by a celebration. Overnight stops are in Grantham, Geddington and Dunstable. Day cyclists are also welcome.

All meals and lots of cake provided, plus transport for luggage and back up, with accommodation in church and village halls. 30 places are available. Regular cyclists aged 18 or over are welcome; younger cyclists can take part if accompanied by a responsible adult. You will cycle in small groups chosen according to speed, led by a cyclist who is familiar with the route. These arrangements may be reviewed in the light of the latest COVID situation.

Please note the Full 4 day Traditional Route option is now FULL. Please join in and support the work of the Connection by joining as a Day Cyclist on the Traditional Route or joining the ‘200 miles close to home’ cyclists.

The challenges of 2020 meant that last year people stayed at home but still committed to cycling 200 miles in aid of those on the street. We are offering this option again this year. Even if you can’t join the Group Ride, you can still take part and help support the Connection’s work.

At home you can set your own cycling goal. Last year one fundraiser did 200 miles in a day, whilst two young boys, aged 6 and 8, completed 200 miles in their summer holidays.

We do not set a minimum sponsorship target, but over £20,000 was raised last year with an average of more than £500 per cyclist.

The entry fee for the full ride is £80 before 30 June, or £95 thereafter. If you would like to join the Traditional route for a day, or a day and overnight, the fees are £10, or £20, respectively. The fee for taking part locally is £20.

To register, follow the link below or contact Charles Woodd at charleswoodd46@gmail.com or on 07962 213494. For more information, visit www.queeneleanorcycleride.org or find us on Facebook.