The Big Ride


Event Information

Sunday 22nd September, 2019
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Larmer Tree Gardens Tollard Royal, Salisbury, SP5 5PY
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Event Description

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist seeking a challenge or simply looking for a fresh goal to boost your fitness, we’d love you to take part in our Big Ride.

We have a choice of two circular routes – 50 or 100 miles long – both starting from the gorgeous Larmer Tree gardens on the Dorset/Wiltshire border.  Each offers a mix of spectacular views, challenging climbs and quiet rural roads.

Join the Big Ride and make a big difference to the lives of local, life-limited children and their families. We rely on events like this to be able to continue to throw a lifeline to mums and dads facing enormous challenges every day.

We really look after our riders – we will be there for you every step of the journey with personalised support, training tips, on-route refreshments stops and a well-earned medal!

There will be a delicious hog roast and a beer or glass of prosecco waiting for you at the end of the ride. Your friends and family will also receive free entry to Larmer Tree Gardens where they can cheer you across the finish line, making it a great day out.

Early bird fees

Sign up before 28th June and take advantage of our exlusive Early Bird Discount offer - that's a saving of £5 off the usual price!

The Grand Tour: 100 miles
Early Bird £20 - Standard £25
The Classic Tour: 50 miles
Early bird £15 - Standard £20

For group discount please contact helen.carrington@juliashouse.org or call 01202 644220.

Your entry includes:
  • A dedicated contact at Julia’s House, who will give you one-to-one support all the way        
  • Free cycling jersey if you commit to raising £200 for Julia’s House
  • Free hog roast and a beer or glass of prosecco at the finish line
  • Free parking at Larmer Tree Gardens      
  • Fully sign-posted routes         
  • Route map       
  • Downloadable GPX files for both routes          
  • Chip timing        
  • Route marshals      
  • Qualified First Aiders Medical support          
  • Refuel stops with water and snacks         
  • Support vehicles     
  • A medal for all finishers         
  • An invitation to the hospice where you can see how your support will make a difference          
  • A supporter pack, bursting with fundraising ideas and tips        
  • Regular communications to keep you up-to-date         
  • Huge cheers and support on the day!      

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event but it's the money you raise on top that will make a difference to Julia’s House. You may not realise but we have to raise 94 per cent of the money we need each year to be able to continue supporting families.

We would love all our riders to raise a minimum of £200. This could pay for seven hours care for a poorly child and respite for an exhausted mum or dad – a chance for them to have a break or catch up on those little everyday tasks the rest of us take for granted.

If you commit to fundraising a minimum of £200 for us, we will send you a free Julia’s House cycling jersey to say thank you.

Add a donation

If you would prefer to make a personal donation instead of fundraising for Julia’s House you can add a donation to your registration fee when you sign up.

The route for 2019

Both the 50 and 100 mile routes consist of undulating roads, challenging hill sections but also breath-taking views over the Salisbury plain and Cranborne Chase. You will cycle through some charming Dorset and Wiltshire villages. There are, as you would expect, some steeper and more challenging hill sections on the 100 mile route, but you’ll still cycle through stunning almost traffic-free villages.

We are currently revising the route for 2019 and we will plan to have the route maps available as soon as possible.  

100 miles
Start time: 8.00am
Start location: Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5PY
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50 miles
Start time: 9.00am
Start location: Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5PY
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Chip timing and support

Our ride will operate a professional chip timing system with both start and finish mats to ensure all cyclists get an accurate ride time. The event will be supported by a friendly and professional event team and there will be refreshment stops conveniently placed along the way for riders to refuel. The route is fully signposted and on open roads with full back-up support.

Team registration

Cycling with your family, friends or colleagues? Take part as a team by entering your team name online when you register.

Register your place online now or call Helen Carrington on 01202 644220.

Please note that the minimum age for this event is 16.

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