Diabetes charity invites people in Bath to join latest cycling fundraiser

The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout the 30 days of April, and gives participants the opportunity to improve their fitness while raising money for Diabetes UK’s work in funding lifesaving research and supporting those with the condition.

There are four virtual coast-to-coast distances to pick from, or people can choose their own target.

The set distances range from 150 miles through to 950 miles for more experienced cyclists, and participants have the entire month of April to reach their chosen target.

Phaedra Perry, Diabetes UK’s south west regional head, said: “Cycling is a brilliant way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge.

“Spring is on the way and, with the lighter evenings and warmer weather arriving soon, this challenge comes at the perfect time for anyone looking to saddle up and give it a try.

Diabetes charity invites people in Bath to join latest cycling fundraiser

“So, whether you’re a weekend warrior, like to take it a mile at a time, or prefer to feel the burn on the spin bike, choose a distance that suits you, then complete it however and wherever you want. Your support can change lives.”

You can cycle the miles by embracing the outdoors, or by staying home and using an exercise bike, or a mix of the two.

The “coast-to-coast” distances to choose from are:

Those taking part will get their own fundraising profile page. From there, it will be possible to connect to the UK Wide Strava challenge, or people can track their progress manually if they prefer.

Participants will be able to join a Facebook group where event ambassadors and challengers discuss their progress and share tips.

There are fundraising incentives, too, with anyone raising £35 or more receiving a medal.

Diabetes UK-branded caps and cycling jerseys will go to anyone raising £150 and £300 respectively.

To register for the UK Wide Cycle Ride, visit cycle.diabetes.org.uk. There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.