Retina UK Tandem Cycling Challenge

11-13 October 2019

Tandem Cycle FAQs

There is a minimum fundraising target of £325 per person, and a £75 registration fee when you book your place. Part of this will go towards the costs of the challenge, with the rest coming to the charity.

Part of your fundraising will be used to pay for the costs of the event such as the accommodation and the vehicle backup. The rest will come direct to the charity to go towards funding cutting-edge medical research, or our support services.

Included in the event is two days of fantastic cycling, two night’s  bed and breakfast accommodation, vehicle backup, detailed map of the route and GPS files if needed, baggage transfers throughout, and transport to the start of the trip after your first nights accommodation.

We are unable to provide the tandem bikes, however there are many places you can hire them from around the country. Charlotte’s Tandems will rent out tandem bikes for free to people with a disability and have bikes around the UK.

Here is a list of companies who hire out tandem bikes in the UK:

Charlotte’s Tandems (Free hire for disabled stokers only) – Various locations across the UK http://charlottestandems.weebly.com/

England

Cambridgeshire

Blue Yonder
Address: 37 High Street, Longstanton, Cambs, CB24 3BP
Telephone: 01954 782020
http://www.blueyonderhire.co.uk/Frontpage/index.php

Rutland Water Cycling
Address: Marlow Car Park, Grafham Water, Nr Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE18 0BX
Telephone: 01480 812500
https://www.rutlandcycling.com/pages/cycle-hire-grafham/default.aspx

Cornwall

Bridge Bike Hire
Address: The Camel Trail, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7AL
Telephone: 01208 813050
http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/bridgebikehire/

The Bike Barn
Address: Elm Farm Cycle Hire, Coast to Coast Cycle Route, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5UF
Telephone: 01209 891498
https://elmfarm.biz/

Cumbria

Country Lanes Cycle Centre
Address: Railway Station, Windermere, LA23 1AH
Telephone: 01539 444544
https://www.countrylaneslakedistrict.co.uk/

Derbyshire

Peak Cycle Hire
Address: Parsley Hay, Buxton, SK17 ODG
Telephone: 01298 84493
http://www.peakdistrict.org/

Devon

Saddles Paddles
Address: The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AP
Telephone: 01392 424241
http://www.sadpad.com/

Gloucestershire

Compass Holidays
Address: Cheltenham Spa Railway Station, Queens Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8NP
Telephone: 01242 250642
https://www.compass-holidays.com/

Pedalbikeaway Cycle Centre
Address: Cannop Valley, Coleford, GL16 7EH
Telephone: 01594 860065
https://pedalabikeaway.co.uk/

Hampshire

Country Lanes Cycle Hire
Address: The Railway Carriage, Brockenhurst Railway Station, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7TW
Telephone: 01590 624808
https://www.countrylanes.co.uk/

Forest Leisure Cycling
Address: Village Centre, Burley, New Forest, Hampshire, BH24 4AB
Telephone: 01425 403584
https://www.forestleisurecycling.co.uk/

Lancashire

T-4-3 Triplet Hire Company
Address: Garstang, 11 miles north of Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0TA
Telephone: 01253 726483
http://www.triplethire.com/

Norfolk

Broadland Cycle Hire
Address: BeWILDerwood, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW
Telephone: 07887480331
https://norfolkbroadscycling.co.uk/

Northamptonshire

Pitsford Water Cycles
Address: Brixworth Country Park, Brixworth, NN6 9DG
Telephone: 01604 881777
https://www.rutlandcycling.com/content/rutland-cycling-takes-over-pitsford-cycles-near-northampton.aspx

Northumberland

The Cycle Hub
Address: Ouseburn, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1BU
Telephone: 01912 767250
https://www.thecyclehub.org/

Rutland

Rutland Cycling
Address: Whitwell Leisure Park, Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Nr. Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8BL
Telephone: 01780 460705
https://www.rutlandcycling.com/

Tyne & Wear

Dark Cycles
Address: 1 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1DX
Telephone: 01915 678310
http://www.darkecycles.co.uk/

Aberdeenshire

Cycle Highlands
Address: The Pavilion, Victoria Road, Ballater, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5RA
Telephone: 01339 755864
http://www.cyclehighlands.com/

Powys

Drover Cycles
Address: Forest Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5EH
Telephone: 01497 822419
http://www.drovercycles.co.uk/

Yes, absolutely. Although we are pitching the event as a tandem cycle, if you’d prefer to ride solo you can.

 

Don’t worry! We expect there to be a number of people who sign up wanting a partner. If this is the case we will pair you up with someone else.

There is no age limit! Under 16s will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please note that the cycle challenge is a strenuous activity and the decision to take part should not be taken lightly. If you are not a regular cyclist you should seek professional advice about your fitness and training requirements.

If you are over 60 years of age or if you have any medical conditions that could be adversely affected by exercise, particularly a heart condition, or if you are in any doubt about your health, you must obtain a medical certificate from your doctor.

If you withdraw from the event you must notify Retina UK at the earliest opportunity. If this occurs you agree to pay any costs incurred by the charity. Your deposit will not be refunded and any money raised will be retained as a donation.

Cycling 100 miles over two days is quite a challenge, but definitely achievable with some training. We will be sending out training tips from Paralympic Cyclist Steve Bate in the lead up to the event.

If you are not a regular cyclist you should seek professional advice about your fitness and training requirements.

Yes, the bed and breakfast accommodation will be in double or twin rooms.