How the money you raise helps
£180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness overnight in their own home
£350 pays for five people to attend day therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice. They'll have access to emotional support and many different activities.
£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so they can recieve the care they need.
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Who can take part?
Anyone over the age of 18 who is looking for a challenge can take part. The group size will be between 35 and 40 riders. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives. This event will be tough and exhilarating, but will be incredibly rewarding and suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.
How fit do I need to be?
All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the adventure. We expect all participants to be prepared for challenging days of cycling up to 84 miles. This challenge is not suitable for those who have not cycled this distance in their training rides.
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will provide details on any specialist equipment you may need.
What’s not included?
- Registration fee
- Personal spending money
- Your own personal kit
- Travel insurance
- Cost of spare parts
What will we eat and drink?
Water will be provided during the ride and at every meal. All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes as well as cereal, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your fundraising target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a cycle leader and bike mechanic as well as a Marie Curie representative. Your luggage will be transported to each night’s accommodation.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £1,900. A minimum of £1,000* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146** for more information.
What will the weather be like?
Summertime weather in Ireland can be unpredictable. In June we would expect average temperatures of around 15 degrees celsius. However, we may also experience rain and high winds. We recommend participants to come prepared for all weather conditions.
This challenge is organised through Sport Ecosse. Sport Ecosse was set up in 2008 by Kevin Gerrie. With over 20 years of event management experience, Sport Ecosse organise highly professional and tailored cycling challenges in some of the world’s best landscapes.