Register your interest for the ultimate Regain cycling challenge!

be part of the group that raises funds to support sports injured tetraplegics!

SPINAL UNIT CYCLE TOUR 2022

Participation

Please select which type of challenge you are interested in, and a member of the Regain team will be in touch to discuss it with you further.

How it works

Starting at The Golden Jubilee North East Regional Spinal Injuries Centre in Middlesbrough on the 2nd June 2022, Team Regain will cycle its way south across the country, visiting the seven other Spinal Injury Units, before finishing the challenge on the 16th June 2022 at a champagne reception at the wonderful Bridwell Park Estate in Devon!

There are four participation options for the event, the full 650+ mile challenge, a three-day challenge, two-day challenges, or one day challenges. This event is open to everyone, and we would like to invite as many of Regain’s beneficiaries and previous attendees of Regain rides to take part.

The sponsorship funds raised by participants from this challenge will contribute to Regain’s Grants Programme for sports inured tetraplegics. Every year, Regain awards grants to its beneficiaries that greatly improve their life opportunities. Equipment and items funded include hand bikes, wheelchairs, wheelchair power add-ons and we have supported people to gain qualifications that have led to employment opportunities.

The event is certainly not a race, and is designed to be a group activity with everyone supporting each other to complete each stage of the cycle event.

 

We are offering the following packages:

We expect the full challenge will be in excess of 650 miles! To take part in the full challenge, you are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £350 when you sign up for the challenge (Regain will invoice you for the amount). You must also agree to raise a minimum sponsorship of £2,000 for Regain. These charitable funds must have been raised by the 15th May 2022. In return, everything for the challenge will be provided – accommodation (full, three and two day challenges only), food, drink, snacks, professional cycling guide, and medical and mechanical support.

Please be aware that It is the participants responsibility to get themselves to the starting point in Middlesbrough and to be collected from Bridwell Estate.

Stage 5 (9th to 11th June 2022) Shrewsbury to Stoke Mandeville Hospital  

To take part in this three-day challenge, you are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £100 when you complete the registration forms (Regain will invoice you for the amount). You must also raise a minimum sponsorship of £600 for Regain. These charitable funds must have been raised by 15th May 2022. In return, everything for the challenge will be provided – accommodation (full, three and two day challenges only), food, drink, snacks, professional cycling guide, and medical and mechanical support.

  • Stage 1 (2nd & 3rd June) Middlesbrough to Wakefield
  • Stage 3 (5th & 6th June) Sheffield to Southport
  • Stage 4 (7th & 8th June) Southport to Shrewsbury
  • Stage 7 (13th & 14th June) Hayes to Salisbury
  • Stage 8 (15th & 16th June) Salisbury to Bridwell Park Estate

To take part in the two-day challenges, you are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £75 when you complete the registration forms. You must also raise a minimum sponsorship of £350 for Regain. These charitable funds must have been raised by 15th May 2022. In return, everything for the challenge will be provided – accommodation (full, three and two day challenges only), food, drink, snacks, professional cycling guide, and medical and mechanical support.

  • Stage 2 (4th June) Wakefield to Sheffield
  • Stage 6 (12th June) Aylesbury to Stanmore
  • Stage 8 (16th June) The final day, Yeovil to Bridwell Park Estate

To take part in the one-day challenge, you are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £50 when you sign up for the challenge. You must also raise a minimum sponsorship of £200 for Regain. These charitable funds must have been raised by 15th May 2022. In return, everything for the challenge will be provided – food, drink, snacks, professional cycling guide, and medical and mechanical support.

Should participants wish to take part in multiple stages but not the full challenge, please contact spinaltour@regainsportscharity.com for registration fee information and sponsorship targets

Ideally, all participants will arrange transportation to the starting point and the end point of their challenge. If this is an issue for some tetraplegics and will prevent them from taking part, please get in contact with Regain

2022 event schedule

Stage OneThe start, Thursday 2nd  & Friday 3rd June 2022

The Golden Jubilee North East Regional Spinal Unit to The Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre

(Full Challenge or a Two-Day Challenge)

 

Day 1Middlesbrough to Harrogate – 58 miles:

Route image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38081528

The group will meet at The Golden Jubilee North East Regional Spinal Injuries Centre in Middlesbrough mid-morning.  Leaving the centre, the route heads in a southerly direction towards the imposing North York Moors. Thankfully, the route takes a south-westerly direction crossing the River Leven, passing to the west of the North York Moors, offering wonderful views along the way. The route then passes through the famous North Yorkshire market town of Northallerton and runs parallel with the A1M and the Roman Road Dere Street, before passing through the city of Ripon with its wonderful Cathedral. We then head Southwards passing Ripley Castle towards Harrogate and the first stop for the night.

 

Day 2 – Harrogate to Wakefield – 35 miles:

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Leaving Harrogate, the journey continues in a southerly direction leaving the Yorkshire Dales behind us towards Harewood House, before turning east alongside the River Wharf towards Wetherby. Riders pass to the east of Leeds, passing Temple Newsome House Country Park, before crossing over the M1 and the River Aire on the way to the Regional Spinal Unit in Wakefield. Overnight stay in Wakefield.

Stage Two – Saturday 4th June 2022

Wakefield to Princes Royal Spinal Centre, Sheffield

(Full Challenge or a One Day Challenge)

 

Day 3 – Wakefield to Sheffield – 27 miles:

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Leaving Wakefield riders pass over the River Calder, passing Sandal Castle and into quiet Yorkshire countryside. The route then goes through Royston on the way to Barnsley, crossing the Rover Derne towards Worsbrough. Up and over Blacker Hill through Hoyland, before crossing the M1 once again to enter the north of Sheffield and a visit to Princes Royal Spinal Centre. Its then a short ride to the hotel in the centre of Sheffield where the group will stop for the night.

Stage Three – Sunday 5th June 2022 & Monday 6th June 2022

Sheffield to North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Southport

Full Challenge or a Two-Day Challenge

 

Day 4— Sheffield to Manchester – 47 miles:

Route image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38097447

Leaving the centre of the City, the riders leave Sheffield riding along Ecclesall Road on the way to Ringinglow and Burbage Moor in the High Peak. A great descent into Hathersage before the flat run-in alongside the River Noe toward Hope. Cyclists then take the Vale of Edale loop to avoid the steep climb of Winnats Pass. Leaving Rushup Edge, the riders drop into Chapel-en-le-Frith and follow the back roads running parallel with the A6 and the Peak Forest Canal towards New Mills. The route then leaves New Mills and passes through Marple and Stockport before heading into the centre of Manchester, where the group will stop for the night

Day 5 Manchester to Southport – 45 miles:

Route Image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38098217

Leaving the centre of Manchester, the route passes Old Trafford and follows the famous River Mersey, skirting around the Trafford Centre on its way to Worsley in a northwesterly direction. The riders pick up the A6 at Walkden, that runs parallel with the M61 south of Bolton, before turning off the A6 towards Aspull and Standish, crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal north of Wigan. At Shevington Moor, the route crosses over the M6 towards Parbold, and the flat Fylde passing through Burscough on the way to the North West Spinal Injuries Centre in Southport. Overnight will be spent at a hotel in Southport centre.

Stage Four – Tuesday 7th June 2022 & Wednesday 8th June 2022

Southport to Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries

(Full Challenge or a Two-Day Challenge)

 

Day 6 – Southport to Chester – 52 miles:

Route Image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38098518

Leaving Southport, the riders travel on the Trans Pennine Trail Na NCN 62 alongside the Birkdale Sands, passing Woodvale Airfield on the way to Thornby. The route then takes an easterly direction towards Maghull and then passes to the north of Kirkby and skirts the western edge of Knowsley Park. Taking a southerly direction, riders pass through Huyton-With-Roby, before crossing the M62 and picking up the B5178 towards Widnes. The riders cross the Runcorn Bridge and leave Runcorn towards Frodsham, before passing through Helsby on the way to Chester. Overnight stay in Chester Town Centre.

It is anticipated that this route will change slightly so that it includes a visit to St Helens Rugby League stadium.

 

Day 7 – Chester to Shrewsbury – 47 miles:

Route Image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38098594

Riders leave Chester in a southerly direction picking up the B5130 running alongside the River Dee through Aldford and Churton. In Farndon, the route continues on the B5130 towards Bangor-on-Dee passing Bangor Racecourse, through Overton and St Martins, crossing the Llangollen Canal just before Gobowen on the way to the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries in Oswestry. For those taking part in a two-day challenge from Southport to Oswestry (7th & 8Th June), it is at this point the challenge concludes after an estimated 30-mile ride.

After leaving the Midlands Spinal Injuries Centre in Oswestry, the route takes a southeasterly direction crossing the Montgomery Canal through picturesque Shropshire villages into Shrewsbury alongside the River Severn for the overnight stay.

Stage Five – Thursday 9th June 2022, Friday 10th June 2022 & Saturday 11th June 2022

Shrewsbury to National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville

(Full Challenge or a Two-Day Challenge)

 

Day 8 – Shrewsbury to Oldbury (Birmingham) – 38 miles:

Route Image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38098647

For those taking part in the three-day challenge, this is where the journey starts with the main group.

Leaving Shrewsbury, the route crosses the River Severn at Atcham adjacent to Attingham Deer Park before passing through Wroxeter. Continuing to run parallel to the River Severn the route passes south of the Wrekin, and on towards the historic town of Ironbridge, south of Telford. Riders turn away from the river continuing in a south-westerly direction towards Wolverhampton and the Black Country before stopping for the night at Oldbury.

 

Day 9 – Oldbury to Banbury – 52 miles:

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Leaving the hotel, the route passes south of Birmingham City Centre towards Edgbaston and the University, before taking a southerly turn alongside the River Rea. Riders pass through Hollywood and head into Warwickshire soon after Wythall, on the way to Henley in Arden. The riders continue in a southeasterly direction passing Wootten Wawen, crossing the River Alne and the Stratford upon Avon Canal. After Snittersfield the riders pass through Chalcotte Park, Wellesbourne and Kineton before the short climb of Edgehill, on the way to Banbury, where the group will stay for the night.

 

Day 10 – Banbury to Aylesbury – 40 miles:

Route image – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38098809

Crossing the Oxford Canal and the River Cherwell, the route passes through quaint Oxfordshire villages passing south of Brackley on the way to Fringford. Riders cross into Buckinghamshire, north of Bicester, and skirt around Grebe Lake and to the south of Claydon House before entering the Vale of Aylesbury via Quainton and its famous windmill. To get to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the route crosses the River Tane and skirts the southwest perimeter of Aylesbury to reach the National Spinal Injuries Centre. For those taking part in the three-day challenge, this is where the challenge concludes.

The final part of the day is a short ride into the centre of Aylesbury to the hotel, crossing the Grand Union Canal.

Stage 6 – Sunday 12th June 2022
Aylesbury to The London Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, Stanmore (33 miles) and onto Hayes
(Full Challenge or One Day Challenge)

 

Day 11—Aylesbury to Hayes—45 miles:

Route image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38098986

Upon leaving Aylesbury, riders pass the marina and then head south-easterly crossing the Grand Union Canal towards Wendover. The route joins the National Cycle Network in the Chilterns, and passes to the north of Chesham on the way to Bovingdon and Chipperfield, before crossing the M25 and passing through Watford and Bushy to arrive at The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre in Stanmore. For those taking part in Stage 6 one day challenge, this is where the challenge comes to its conclusion after a 33 miles ride.

For those continuing on the ride, participants will then cycle 12 miles, passing through the north London suburbs of Stanmore and Pinner on the way to the hotel in Hayes, where the group will rest for the night.

Stage 7 – Monday 13th June 2022 & Tuesday 14th June 2022
Hayes to Duke of Cornwall Spinal Injuries Centre, Salisbury
Full Challenge or Two-Day Challenge

 

Day 12 – Hayes to Basingstoke – 48 miles:

Route image: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38099085

Leaving Hayes, the ride once again crosses the Grand Union Canal heading towards Heathrow Airport. Taking a westerly direction, riders cross the M25 and ride parallel to the M4 towards Datchet and Windsor. Passing around the Castle, the route runs parallel to the River Thames before taking the lanes through Oakley Green and Binfield towards Wokingham. After leaving Wokingham, the route continues in a south-westerly direction through Barkham, Arborfield Garrison and Farley Hill before crossing the River Blackwater. Riders will enter Basingstoke via Rotherwick, Newnham and Old Basing for the overnight stay in Basingstoke Town Centre.

 

Day 13 – Basingstoke to Salisbury – 38 miles:

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Leaving Basingstoke, the route heads westerly on the B400 passing through Oakley and Overton on its way to Whitchurch. After crossing the A34 the route continues to Andover. Upon leaving Andover riders join the Portway (Roman road) passing Greatly and Cholderton to pick up the A338 south of the Salisbury plain. The route follows the valley of the River Bourne passing close to Boscombe Down Airfield before entering Salisbury and visiting The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre.

Stage 8 – Wednesday 15th June 2022 & Thursday 16th June 2022
Salisbury to Bridwell Park Estate
Full Challenge, Two-Day Challenge or One Day Challenge on the final day

 

Day 14— Salisbury to Yeovil – 49 miles:

Route image – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38099232

Leaving Oddstock village, the route takes a westerly direction passing through the picturesque Wiltshire villages of Combe Bissett, Bishopstone and Broad Chalk on NCN 254, in the River Ebble Valley. After Ebbersbourne Wake, Alvedistone and Berwick St John, the route joins the A30 for a short stretch into Shaftesbury.

Upon leaving Shaftesbury the route pass through the pretty villages of Stour Row, Todber and Marnhull before crossing the River Stour in the Blackmore Vale. Leaving Stalbridge the route continues in a south-westerly direction passing to the south of Sherborne Castle, before dropping into Sherborne itself. Riders then join NCN 26, crossing the River Yeo at Bradford Abbas, before arriving in Yeovil for the overnight stay.

 

Day 15 FINAL DAY! Yeovil to Bridwell Park Estate – 36 miles:

Route image https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38099297

Riders leave Yeovil and pass through Odcombe and Chiselborough Hill on the way to west Chinnock. The route then crosses the A356 north of Crewkerne passing through Merriot, Hinton St George, Dinnington, Dowlish Wake and the famous cider mills south of Ilminster. Continuing westerly on quiet lanes through Sticklepath towards Bishopswood, cyclists will join the B3391 alongside the Culm Valley riders pass through Culmstock towards Uffculme and the finish at Bridwell Park estate.

*Please be aware that the exact route and distances are expected to change slightly. Full route and distance information will be provided at least two weeks prior to the start. The distances set out on this page are an estimate.

How do I sign up?

You can register your interest by filling out the form at the ‘Register your interest’ tab below this section. A Regain representative will be in contact with you shortly after.

What are the aims of the event?

The Spinal Unit Cycling Tour has three core aims:

  • To act as a fundraising project for the charity to be able to support beneficiaries through its grants programme
  • Upon arriving at the Spinal Units, being able to show patients who are currently in the units that there can be life after a spinal injury, and having tetraplegics taking part will act as evidence of this
  • Raise awareness of the charity and its work with sports injured tetraplegics

Can tetraplegics take part?

YES! In fact, we would love for as many of Regain’s supporters and beneficiaries to join us for all or part of the challenge. Bursary funds/grants are available too to support the costs for one carer for those requiring extra support whilst taking part. Please email Regain to find out more information. All tetraplegics will be supported throughout the ride. Support vehicles and a medical team will be accompanying the group throughout the challenge.

Where will we sleep?

The accommodation will generally be in larger hotel chains. For those coming on the challenge alone, you will be paired with another participant in a twin room. Every hotel has accessible rooms available, however, the number of these rooms will vary from place to place. It may be that some facilities such as roll-in showers will have to be shared, but this is only as a last resort. All rooms will have ensuite facilities.

If needed, handcyclists should bring their own equipment for overnight stays e.g shower chairs, hoists etc. This equipment will be transferred in the support vehicles between hotels.

Where will we eat?

We are anticipating that every hotel we stay at has a restaurant connected to it. This will be where the evening meal and breakfasts will be. Lunches will be provided, and these will be given at the stopping points on the challenge.

What is not provided?

Participants should make their own way to their challenge starting point, and arrange for collection from the finishing point in their challenge. However, for three, two- and one-day challenges we will be able to offer a shuttle service to the nearest railway station.

An evening meal is not included on the final day of your challenge.

No accommodation or evening meal is provided once the event concludes at Bridwell Estate.

Regain are unable to assist with loaning any specialised equipment for tetraplegics to take part in this challenge.

Do I need specialist equipment?

We highly recommend a road or hybrid bike for this challenge. For any tetraplegic that would like to join us, please get in touch and we can signpost you onto someone who can best advise you. A cycling helmet must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended, and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camelback type hydration system. Your main luggage will be carried by the support vehicle that will go-ahead to the various stopping points on the route.

Can I stay the night before my challenge starts or stay over after it finishes?

There will be an option to pay a supplement to stay before or after your ride and join the team for dinner on both nights. Please be aware that this is not available for after the event has concluded on the 16th June at the Bridwell Estate.

How fit do I have to be?

All of the challenges are tough and should not be attempted without training beforehand.

Can I take part in more than one of the stages?

We would love for as many participants as possible to take part in the challenge, and if you would like to do more than one stage, please get in touch with Regain on spinaltour@regainsportscharity.com and we can provide further information

Who coordinates the cycling and the route?

Regain are working with a professional cycling company, Andy Cook Cycling Ltd, who are one of the leading providers of cycling events in the UK. They will be responsible for route management and all the cycling aspects of the challenge.

Will I be left on my own to cycle?

No, we will stay as a group and support each other to complete the challenge. Inevitably there may be some that can cycle quicker than others. If we do split into groups, there will always be someone with you and supporting you on the challenge. At no point will you be left alone on the journey.

Why take part? Who are Regain?

Regain – The Trust for Sports Tetraplegics, was established in 1988 and became a registered charity and company in 1993.  Regain is the only charity in the UK that is solely dedicated to improving the independence of those who have become tetraplegic as a result of a sporting or recreational accident.  The charity’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who have suffered a spinal injury whilst taking part in a sport, leisure or recreational activity, that resulted in that person becoming tetraplegic. The long-term aspiration of the charity is that every sport injured tetraplegic is given equal opportunity to live as full a life as possible.

Having lost the use of their limbs, tetraplegics need help to perform many of the most mundane day-to-day tasks. Mobility is the major issue for many and without the use of appropriate wheelchairs and adapted vehicles, tetraplegics can become trapped and isolated in their own homes. Regain supports its beneficiaries through a grants programme, where tetraplegics can apply to Regain to help fund specialist equipment to get them back to being active once again. This can range from wheelchairs to hand bikes. Regain has also funded some tetraplegics to gain qualifications that have led to employment. To date, Regain has funded in excess of £1 million in grants to sports injured tetraplegics.

SPINAL UNIT CYCLE TOUR 2022

Participation

Please select which type of challenge you are interested in, and a member of the Regain team will be in touch to discuss it with you further.

Conditions of Entry

• All registration fees are non-refundable and must be paid before your place is confirmed. In addition, the minimum sponsorship targets must be met by the dates given.

• If you are unable to raise the minimum sponsorship required, you will forfeit your right to a place on the event, or you may choose to make up the balance yourself

• If you are unable to take part for any reason, you must inform Regain immediately. You must also contact your sponsors to ask if they wish to make a donation to Regain or have their sponsorship money returned

• The excellent reputation of the charity is paramount. You must agree to act lawfully and follow the guidelines laid out by the organisers of the event.

• You must be at least 18 years old before the 2nd June 2022 to take part

• You must wear a cycle helmet and have working bicycle lights for the duration of the event

• You must adhere to the highway code at all times

• You are participating at your own risk and are responsible for your personal safety at all times. Regain cannot be responsible for any loss or damage however arising, or theft of your bicycle or for any injuries or illness that occur as a result of this event

• Regain may, at their sole discretion, withdraw places on the event or stop individuals cycling on the event

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