The racing industry is set to come together at Cheltenham racecourse once more – this time with an epic 24hr team cycling challenge, raising vital funds for the charity which supports racing’s people.
The Great Racing Welfare Cycle will start at 12 noon on 16th July, and complete at noon on 17th July. This challenge is based on a team of four people, with two out on the route cycling while two rest at the ‘Riders’ Camp’ at the racecourse.
The ride starts with a lap of the famous parade ring at Cheltenham, before heading out into the Cotswold Hills for an undulating, challenging 30km loop which includes climbing the imposing Cleeve Hill, with breath-taking views across Gloucestershire. On completion, a BBQ will be held to celebrate the incredible achievement of all of those who have taken part, along with their friends and family who cheered them home.
The challenge is open to all, and a whole host of racing staff and personalities have already confirmed their involvement, including champion jockey Oisin Murphy teaming up with presenter Matt Chapman.
Racing presenters Vanessa Binnie Ryle, Rosie Tapner and Hayley Moore are teaming up to create an all-female team, and 20-time champion jockey AP McCoy has also confirmed his participation.
Trainers Joe Tizzard and Ben Pauling are set to saddle up and field a team each, and presenter Luke Harvey is also stepping up to the plate. Among those who completed last year’s challenge and are coming back for more is former jockey and breaker / pre-trainer Charlie Poste of Station Yard Racing.
Importantly, four key sponsors have added their support to the challenge, with The Jockey Club, Tattersalls, Unibet and The Racehorse Lotto all generously committing to donate 25p for all the miles achieved by each team.
Last year’s renewal – in a different format over five days and 500 miles – saw over £85,000 raised in vital funds for Racing Welfare and it is hoped that this year can achieve even more to support people working in or retired from the racing industry.
To find out more and book your place, go to: https://racingwelfare.co.uk/challenges/the-great-racing-welfare-cycle/