Events


Twin Town Tour Challenge 2018

Start date - 21/09/2018 - 8:00 AM
End date - 24/09/2018 - 8:00 PM
Price - See form
Location - Wakefield - Henin-Beaumont
Event Type - Cycling
 


Join us this September for a truly unique cycling adventure. This once in a lifetime experience covers over 400km of cycling over three days.

The Wakefield Hospice Twin Town Tour Cycle Challenge departs from Wakefield Hospice on Friday 21 September and ends In Wakefield's twin town, Henin-Beaumont in northern France.

The challenging route has been specifically designed for this unique challenge and is a must for any serious cyclist looking for their next two-wheeled experience, whilst raising money for patient care here at the hospice. The route has a different focus each day with something for everyone, but it really is a must for anyone with an interest in military history or the Tour de France. 
 
Friday 21st September 2018 – Yorkshire Day. Riders depart from Wakefield Hospice heading across West, North and East Yorkshire before arriving in Hull, and finishing the days cycling at the ferry docks. Riders will then board a ferry to sail overnight to Zeebrugge.
 
Saturday 22nd September 2018 – WWI Day. Departing Zeebrugge in the morning, riders will set off south travelling through Belgium’s iconic WWI sites including Passchendaele, Tyne Cot memorial, the town of Ypres (including cycling through Menin Gate) and Lijssenthoek. Lijssenthoek is a special stop on the day, as riders will visit the grave of Nellie Spindler. Nellie was a nurse from Wakefield who cared for the armed forces not far from the front line in a field station. Nellie is one of only two British women to be buried in a British military cemetery with servicemen. In addition, riders will link into cycling history by taking on the Kemmelberg, a 15% gradient climb used regularly in the Spring Classics. Finally you will finish around Wevelgem, another town synonymous with the Belgian Spring Classics season. Overnight stay near Wevelgem/Roubaix.
 
Sunday 23rd September 2018 – Tour de France Day. Travel from Wevelgem towards Roubaix, where riders will ride past the infamous outdoor velodrome before picking up the reverse of the Tour de France stage 9 route from just a few months earlier. Towards the end of the day, riding through Scarpe-Escaut Regional Natural Park, you will head to Henin-Beaumont (twin town of Wakefield) where you will finish in the town square. Following a celebratory dinner in Henin-Beaumont riders will stay overnight nearby.
 
Monday 24th September 2018 – Travel Day. On a high from a fantastic three days of cycling, you will have a relaxing morning before heading to Lille. Here you will board the Eurostar to London before traveling back to Wakefield via train. You will finally be welcomed back to Wakefield Hospice where you will be able to collect your bikes and luggage and head for home, knowing you have taken part in a truly epic and unique cycle challenge, making a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families here at the hospice. 


Please click here to download the registration form

For more information about the Wakefield Hospice Twin Town Tour Cycle Challenge please contact Jamie.strachan@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or call 01924 331406.