Charity Bike Ride in Kent – Divas on Wheels!
We are delighted to announce the 2016 Pilgrims Hospice ladies charity bike ride, appropriately named ‘Divas on Wheels’, will start and finish at the Freewheel Pub and Cycling Cafe in Graveney. Divas on Wheels is special because it’s a cycling challenge just for women and raises money for a fantastic cause.
Date: Sunday 12 June
Location: The Freewheel Pub and Cycling Cafe Head Hill Road, Graveney, nr Faversham ME13 9DE
Cost: £25 for an early bird registration. £30 on the day.
Contact name: Deborah Kellond
Contact tel: 01227 812621
Contact email: Deborah.Kellond@pilgrimshospices.org
Charity Bike Ride starts and finishes at the Freewheel
The planned routes will start and finish at the Freewheel Pub and Cycling Cafe. Start time is 9.45am and you can choose between a 25 or 50 mile routes, which will take you through some of the most beautiful country lanes in Kent.
We are eager to get as many women as possible to take part this year – our ideal target is for 400 ladies to sign up – and it’s open to everyone regardless of your ability. If you are concerned about your level of fitness or feel a bit nervous riding on roads then come along to the Freewheel and take part in our free fitness ride out sessions. We are confident we can get you fit and ready for the 12 June.
Free Sports Massage available to all participants
Starting on the first Tuesday in July we will be offering a weekly Sport & Remedial Massage Clinic at the Freewheel. Simon Allum will be running these sessions and the great news is on Sunday 12th June all women that take part in the Divas will be entitled to a free sports massage after they finish the ride. It will be a taster session but enough to get your muscles feeling relaxed and energised after your long ride.
To make the most of this free service please book your massage session when you sign in or as soon as you finish your ride.
View the Route
Check out the 25 mile loop here
Check out the 50 mile loop here
Charity Bikes Rides
The charity bike ride itself is supported by the Pilgrim’s Hospice very own ‘Bike Heroes’ who will help with punctures and motivation, refreshment stops, post ride pampering, cakes, bbq and retail therapy!
Ladies of 11 years and above welcome!
Programme of Activities to get you fit and ready
10am Saturday 7 May – Confidence Builder Ride. A gentle circular ride of around 10 miles. Aimed at riders taking on the 25 mile and perhaps haven’t ridden for a while or not ridden this far before.
Every Sunday at 9am – The Relaxed Roadies Ride. 25-30 mile circular ride starting and finishing at The Freewheel. Aimed at road bike riders increasing fitness and stamina
9.30-11.30 Saturday 14 May – Bike Ready Session in The Freewheel Workshop. Get your bike ready for the Diva Ride. Under the guidance of one of our experienced mechanics, you will be checking key areas of your bike (wheels, tyres, brakes & gears) and making any adjustments necessary.
10am Saturday 21 May – Confidence Builder Ride. A gentle circular ride of around 15 miles. Aimed at riders taking on the 25 mile and perhaps haven’t ridden for a while or not ridden this far before.
9.30-11.30 Saturday 28 May – Bike Ready Session in The Workshop. Get your bike ready for the Diva Ride. Under the guidance of one of our experienced mechanics, you will be checking key areas of your bike (wheels, tyres, brakes & gears) and making any adjustments necessary.
Here’s just a few tips to help you with training and to keep you comfortable on long rides. Please also share your tips with us too as whether it’s a top tip on how to make an uphill climb easier or a clothing tip we would love to hear it!
Drapelene – ladies rave about this stuff. It’s nappy rash cream and all you need to do is apply it before and after your ride.
Padded Shorts – it’s really worth investing in a pair of padded shorts or padded pants.
Bananas – tape a banana to your bike as it might not fit in your pocket and will give you that extra boost when you are feeling tired.
Shoes – wear either a comfortable pair of trainers. However if you think you have already got the cycling bug, then it could be time to invest in a pair of cycling shoes.
There’s lots more interesting info on women’s nutrition, training and clothing here at Total Women’s Cycling
Email: Deborah.Kellond@pilgrimshospices.org to register your interest.
Call the cafe on 01795 538143 if you would like to find out more about our training offer and also the free roadside rescue classes.