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Bike to Bestival 2018 – Raising money for CALM – the men’s suicide prevention and mental health charity

Following the great success of last year’s event, Bestival approached us again to organise the 2018 edition of Bike to Bestival. In 2017 we helped 100 riders raise over £14,000 for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, it was a fantastic event, and many riders (and marshals) said it was the highlight of their weekend. We were excited for the opportunity to assist again, helping plan the route, marshals, the day itself and other logistics. This time we would be raising money for CALM, the men’s suicide prevention charity.

We also teamed up with our friends in Bristol to organise the first Bike to Bestival Bristol who would be raising money for the Bristol Bike Project.

 

 

“Here we go again. We’re always going to love people who really put the effort in to make it to the party, so Bike to Bestival gets us all very excited. Our Bournemouth ride is properly established now and with the addition of a pro-rider Bristol leg, both raising money for two brilliant charities, there’s plenty of opportunity for all you adventurous Bestival types. So, bust out your spandex and saddle up to support some great causes on your way to our Jurassic Coast knees-up.” – Rob da Bank

 

 

This year as well as the ride itself we organised a fundraiser day at Velo Domestique which involved bike washing, guess the weight of the cake from Bakehouse 24 as well as cocktails with the talented guys from the Library.

On the day of the ride, we were blessed with glorious sunshine, a fantastic group of enthusiastic riders and some very considerate drivers. The Jimmy’s Iced Coffee crew rocked up with some ice cold samples and Muc-Off were kind enough to provide our riders with chamois and suncream from their Athlete Performance range. We were also fortunate this year that we were able to ride over Whiteways ridge, giving us an incredible view back towards Sandbanks and Bournemouth as well as over Kimmeridge, before descending to the Bestival site at Lulworth Castle.

 

 

The ride itself went smoothly thanks to some excellent marshaling from our volunteers, along with riders being well prepared. Not only this but the riders managed to raise over £17,400, an incredible amount supporting both CALM and Bristol Bike Project.

 

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Photos by Jenny Cocking

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