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There is lots of progress to share about our very Methodist Pilgrimage in May this year. So some reminders:
A Methodist Cycling Pilgrimage
165 miles over a three day May Bank Holiday weekend
24th, 25th and 26th May 2014
- A beautiful bike ride over three days, with lovely people, through stunning Leicestershire countryside and flat as a pancake Lincolnshire.
- Two nights camping (option to upgrade to a B&B). Both nights at the same site so you only pitch your tent once. Site has good shower and toilet facilities and electricity for all your gadgets.
- A support team to carry all your luggage, rescue you if needed and cook breakfast 🙂
- Guided tour of Epworth Old Rectory home of the Wesleys, founders of Methodism.
- A chance to visit Epworth Parish Church where John Wesley preached standing on his Father’s grave.
- Special celebration worship at Wesley Memorial Church, Epworth
Everyone is welcome to cycle with us and we have a variety of flexible route options to suit varying preferences.
The “Main” Ride is as follows:
- Saturday 24th May:
- Sunday 25th May:
- Monday 26th May:
Grand Total 165 miles
Route maps are already available and are on both Garmin Connect and Strava. Printed route cue sheets will also be available.
If 165 miles over three days seems a little too far for you, then there are plenty of options for you to reduce it to what suits you:
Option A: On either or both Saturday and Monday use the train between Syston and Newark-on-Trent. This saves 36 miles cycling each time you take the train. That reduces the ride to only 26 very flat miles (23 if staying at the B&B). You don’t need to decide this ahead of time as the route passes very close to the station at Newark-on-Trent, the trains are hourly and you don’t have to book to take your bike on the train.
Option B: On the Sunday the support team will be driving from the campsite to Epworth. That means you can choose to not cycle or cycle only one way (you choose). You could ride to Epworth in the morning (21 miles or 24 if staying at the B&B) and decide later if you are going to cycle back or get a lift. Or have a lazy morning with the option of cycling back if you feel like it.
Option C: We can provide a small number of people with transport all the way to or from the campsite on Saturday/Monday giving you the chance to simply join the Sunday ride to/from Epworth (21 miles each way or 24 miles if staying at the B&B).
Option D: the Our support team will be able to pick up a number of cyclists and their bikes at nearly any point if you find the distance is too great or have a mechanical problem that we can’t fix.
Getting to Syston for the start.
Option A: Drive to Syston with your bike and park your car for the weekend in the driveway of one of our Church Members (optionally arrive Friday night and we will find someone to put you up).
Option B: Arrive at Syston by train. Hourly service from Leicester or from stations up to Nottingham. No bike booking needed on this local line. Again if it is easier to arrive on Friday night we can find somewhere for you to stay.
Option C: Arrive at Leicester by train either on Friday evening or Saturday morning. We will arrange a guide to cycle with you from Leicester to Syston (7.3 miles). The guide will have a cargobike to help with your luggage. If you arrive on Friday then we will find accommodation for you.
Essentially all the same options (in reverse) are available for getting home from Syston at the end.
We will provide, at no cost to you:
- Accommodation with a Church member on Friday evening.
- Parking in a Church members driveway for the weekend, if needed
- Coffee/Tea and Cake before we start on Saturday
- Breakfast on Sunday and Monday for the campers
- Coffee/Tea and Cake at the end on Monday
- Support vehicle to rescue you if needed
- Refuelling points on each ride, maximum 15 miles apart
You will need to pay for:
- Getting to/from Syston
- All train fares
- Campsite or B&B costs
- Evening meals Saturday and Sunday (two local pubs or cook for yourself at the campsite)
- Cafe stops while cycling (very limited options on Saturday and Monday)
All riders need to be sponsored. 50% of the money raised is to go to the Epworth Old Rectory. The other 50% to go to a charity chosen by the rider (although we encourage all to consider giving to the Syston Methodist Church Community Hub project which will allow us to open a Youth Cafe).
We will provide sponsor forms and will sign off completion of the ride. We expect all riders to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. We have an account on VirginGiving to allow you to raise your sponsorship through the Internet.