If the Olympic achievements of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton have inspired you to get on your bike, then a brand new cycling event taking place in DunsfoldPark, near Guildford, on Sunday 16th September, is for you.
Surrey Supercycle is a fully inclusive cycle event open to people of all ages and all abilities. Organised by leading disability charities across the county, the aim of the event is to give everyone the opportunity to get on a bike, have some fun and raise vital funds for their chosen disability charity.
Taking place at the famous Top Gear Test track, the event includes three flat tarmac routes of varying length, enabling participants to cycle any distance from 100 metres to 100km, dependent on their ability and preference. Medals and certificates will be awarded to all those who take part and there will also be displays, special guests, fun activities and refreshments, making it a perfect family day out.
For any cyclist who may need a bit more support, cycling charity, ‘Wheels for All’ will be bringing a fleet of 40 adapted cycles for participants to use, along with a team of experienced volunteers to help match people to bikes.
The national disability charity, United Response, is one of the charities organising the event. United Response supports a large number of people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities across Surrey, including many young people.
Jaime Gill, who cycled the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela route in Spain last year, has already signed up to the Surrey Supercycle to raise money for United Response. Jaime said:
“One of the best moments I had when cycling the Camino last year was the day that, by chance, I cycled part of the route with a large group of disabled people on adapted bikes. There was such enthusiasm among the group to be able to take part with everyone else, and when I heard about Surrey Supercycle I instantly thought it would be just as exciting. The fact that it will also raise money for United Response’s work in the Surrey area, where they are reaching out to disabled young people, means it will not only be fun but will make more inclusive events like this possible in the future.”
Money raised by Jaime and other United Response cyclists will be used to fund several United Response projects, including the Garden Gnomes project in Richmond. The Garden Gnomes are a volunteer gardening group founded by people with learning disabilities, their carers, and volunteers from the community. The aim of the project is to provide members with useful skills and experience, which they can use to seek future employment.
United Response is part of the Surrey Consortium of Play and Leisure providers, a group of charities hosting Surrey Supercycle. Working together the consortium provides fun activities for young people and short breaks for their families. They support over 1000 families from all across Surrey with playschemes, youth groups, buddying schemes and Saturday clubs. The charities are Barnados, Crossroads, The Children’s Trust, Disability Challengers, Jigsaw, Halow, Link Leisure.Reigateand Redhill YMCA, United Response and White Lodge.
The Surrey Supercycle will be taking place from 10am until 3pm on Sunday 16th September, at the Top Gear track in Dunsfold Park, near Guildford. Entry is just £5 per cyclist in advance and £10 on the day. There is free entry for friends and supporters. To find out more about the Surrey Supercycle and taking part for United Response, go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk/SurreySuperCycle or call the United Response fundraising team on 0208 246 5200
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