A new cycling event is being launched to help raise money for local charity Julian House, challenging the most dedicated of cyclists.
The Bath-based charity is joining forces with Pulse Events and colleagues from its Bike Workshop to challenge hundreds of cyclists this September with The Bath Beast event.
With three challenging distances, all starting and finishing at Bath Racecourse, the longest route of 100 miles will take in the scenic sights of the Westbury White Horse and Gare Hill plus views of Shearwater Lake.
Event fundraiser for Julian House, Rachel Avent, said: “Julian House have wanted to organise a cycling event for some time and teaming up with the Bike Workshop and Pulse Events now makes this possible.
“The route is longer and tougher than a lot of bike events out there and being one of the last events in the cycling Sportive season means there’s time to train and take on this challenge whilst raising money for Julian House too.”
The event will take place on Sunday 17th September and features three routes.
The 100-mile (160km) and 70-mile (112km) distances are both designed to challenge the most dedicated of riders and the 25-mile (40km) route will provide an opportunity for cyclists wanting to discover the hills around Bath.
Chris Quenon, Social Enterprise Manager for Julian House Bike Workshop added: “The best cycling events are ones where you can challenge yourself and in doing so benefit communities around you. It’s a win win situation – although it’s not a race!
“The Bath Beast is a great opportunity for Julian House to have its own charity bike ride, hopefully it will inspire many riders to take part and in doing so learn how involved the charity is across the Southwest.”
Mark Leyland, Director of Pulse Events said: “We are delighted and excited to be working with Julian House on what promises to be a wonderful day on two wheels.
“Newcomers and seasoned cyclists are in for a real treat, whilst raising valuable funds for this important charity in the local area.”
With three feed stations along the way, riders will receive a finishers medal with food and refreshments available when they arrive back at the Bath Racecourse.
Early bird tickets are available now from £30 and the event is open to cyclists aged 13 and over.
Participants are also encouraged to raise sponsorship so that Julian House can support more people who have fallen into difficult circumstances, be that as victims of domestic abuse, homelessness, mental health issues, family breakdown or addiction.
To find out more and to sign up to the event, visit the Julian House website.