Captain Tom Cycle 100 – 11 – 15 May 2022

Are you tough enough to push your biggest gear in the little ring?

Cycle from MK to Yorkshire and back with this advanced cycling challenge, in memory of Captain Sir Tom.

  • Cover over 400 miles in four and a half days
  • Two back-to-back days of gear grinding climbing in excess of 6000ft, a total of 23,000ft overall
  • Stunning scenery of the Peak District and Yorkshire countryside to distract you from the burn
  • Exclusive Willen Hospice/Captain Tom 100 Bioracer Pro Cycling Jersey and medal

Your endurance will be rewarded with a celebration reception and medal presentation at the garden of Captain Sir Tom’s family home in Marston Moretaine

This challenge is open to just 20 cyclists.

Relay option

Not up for the entire challenge? Relay with other riders instead.

Team of two – one cycles and one drives

Fundraising ask of £600

Team of three – one cycles, one drives, one passenger

Fundraising ask of £900

Team of four- one cycles, one drives, two passengers

Fundraising ask of £1200

The route

Day 1: Willen Hospice – Leicester (approx. 60 miles. 2340ft elevation)

We’ll start with a fanfare send off from Willen Hospice at midday, before heading north to Leicester for our first night. Today will be our shortest ride.

Day 2: Leicester – Round Hay Park, Leeds (approx. 110 miles. 4500ft elevation )

Cycling further North, today we are hitting our first of two 110 mile days. We’ll be stopping for a breather in the scenic village of Todwick, and the Cathedral city of Wakefield.

Day 3: Round Hay Park – Oldham (approx. 84 miles. 7300ft elevation)

Today is our biggest day for climbing, with a challenging 84 miles to cover. On this route, we’ll visit Keighley, Captain Sir Tom’s birthplace, and the Harrogate Army Foundation College, where Captain Tom was made honorary Colonel last year. We will also cycle past the War Memorial in Ilkey, which was built by the Moore family.

Make sure you stretch tonight as tomorrow is enough big day of climbing.

Day 4: Oldham – Melton Mowbray (approx. 110 miles. 6000ft elevation)

Staying true to its name, you’ll reach new heights as we go through the stunning Peak District on our second day of 110 miles. We’ll have a welcomed ‘pitstop’ at Castle Donnington circuit on our way to Melton Mowbray for our final night.

Day 5: Melton Mowbray to Marston Mortaine (approx. 77 miles. 2900ft elevation)

On our last day, we’ll cycle through Leicestershire, heading towards the well-earned celebration reception at Captain Sir Tom’s family home. Well done, you’ve completed this gruelling challenge and raised vital funds for an amazing cause.

Proposed checkpoints

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
AM N/A Stop near Nottingham City Hospital Stop near Harrogate Army Foundation College Castleton Cafe Ventoux
Lunch N/A Todwick Near Ilkey War Memorial Matlock Captain Tom’s family home in Marston Moretaine
PM Holdenby House Wakefield Hebden Bridge Castle Donnington circuit
Night Stay in Leicester Stay near Roundhay Park, Leeds Stay in Oldham Stay in Melton Mowbray

Captain Tom Cycle 100 jersey

Everyone taking part will receive an exclusive Captain Tom Cycle 100 pro-cycling jersey.

Support

We’ll have a support crew to transfer your luggage from each location and help with any major mechanical support.

Hotels

The Hotels on the route will have secure bike storage and will include bed and breakfast.

Training plans

We are delighted to have partnered with a specialist cycling coach, Andy Tomkins, from  Sportive Cycle Coaching to offer you a detailed 12-week training plan. Andy is an expert in this field, his passion and inspiration for all things cycling really shines through. You can order the training plan within the registration form at a cost of just £15.

Costs and fundraising

The registration fee is £100, and the additional trip costs are £350 (to be paid by 2 April), which includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch, as well as the Captain Tom 100 Pro Cycling Jersey, and medal.

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our fundraising events, causing a 50% drop in income. We kindly ask if each cyclist could raise at least £400, to help us continue providing free, compassionate care to local patients and their families, when and where they need us most. Dawn, our Challenges Fundraiser, will support you with your fundraising every step of the way, offering advice and ideas to help you reach your goal.

In a typical year...
£9
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.