8.2 Cycling Events
Cycling is one of our most popular pastimes – a survey in 2019 estimated that there are approximately 2 billion bikes in use around the world. In the UK that means around 20 million bike users! In 2018, UK cyclists clocked up a massive 3.33 billion miles on their bikes which is around 32 % higher than it was 20 years ago.
The benefits are massive: cycling is good for the environment, good for your physical and mental health and also a fantastically rewarding way to see parts of the UK (and further afield) that you have never seen before. Cycling between major destinations is also a very rewarding and challenging thing to do!
Eight Point Two are proud to present our cycling programme. This includes challenges such as Lands End to John O’Groat’s, the Trans Pennine trail and the iconic London to Paris event. These challenges take in some of the finest cycle routes that the UK and Europe has to offer.
Our open events cycling calendar has a selection of great classic rides to choose from and are all fully supported and guided! These rides are perfect for you if you want to complete a personal challenge or if you want to raise money for a charity through a classic cycle tour. Either way you can expect the best from us! Here is a list of this coming years open cycle challenges:
- Trans Pennine Cycle Challenge
- Newcastle to Edinburgh Cycle Challenge
- Granite City Cycle Challenge
- Lands’ End to John o’ Groats Cycle Challenge
- London to Paris Cycle Challenge
We are also very heavily involved in a number of exclusive cycle rides and recently ran both charity and corporate cycle rides from 15 mile local circuits through to London to Paris with 50 riders! Charity and corporate cycle customers have included:
- O2 – London to Paris
- Paris National Bank – Henley to Oxford
- RNLI – Anglesey cycle challenge
- MAG – Buxton Cycle Challenge
- Ventura – London to Paris
Riders will be supported by cycling guides, support vehicle and cycle mechanic/driver. We also ensure that a qualified paramedic is present on our rides!
The support vehicle will carry rider’s luggage (when appropriate) between accommodation stops. The support vehicle will also carry two spare cycles and a limited range of spare parts to deal with minor maintenance difficulties during the course of the challenge. The driver of the support vehicle will also be a qualified cycle mechanic who will be able to deal with certain on-road repairs. Nonetheless, it is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that their bicycles are fully roadworthy.