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The B4 Bike Ride launched in 2012 with our 270 mile trip from Paris to Blenheim Palace. The 2013 challenge sees the group cycle from Edinburgh to Blenheim Palace, a 428 mile ride over four days.

With five great charities to raise money for, why don’t you get involved…or even join us?!

Read more below and see how to get involved, and raise as much money as possible for this very good cause

B4 BIKE RIDE


The B4 Charity Bike Ride
If you are looking for adventure this year, why not join us for this trip of a Lifetime?

This Years Charities
Find out more about our chosen charities for 2013...

Last Years Ride
Find out how we got on last years ride from Paris to Oxford!...

The B4 Charity Bike Ride

We did it! Team B4 complete 428 mile ride from Edinburgh to Blenheim Palace


b4 bike ride

Last Thursday, 17 riders, our 2 guides and 5 support team set off from Browns in Edinburgh to complete the 428 mile ride to Blenheim Palace – we arrived 45 minutes late on Monday to cheers from over 100 family and friends in brilliant sunshine. A perfect end to a memorable experience which will have tested most of the riders to the limit. With rides up to 130 miles on some days, including a massive challenge across the Peaks, it was amazing that all 17 amateur riders crossed the line in one piece. With massive thanks to Blenheim, Browns for their superb hospitality during the ride, Zoe, Lorna, Colin, James and Jade for their support throughout, James and Ben our two guides from BeeLine Bicycles, Aston & James for the shirts and the riders from across the B4 network.

Thanks also to Motor Village Oxford for providing the support vehicles, TMB for providing the gazebos, Tina and team for the finish line arrangements, to BeeLine Bicycles for providing the gels and powders for the ride, to everyone who sponsored our shirts and to everyone who has sponsored one of the riders. If you would like to make a donation to the fund for our five great charities.

WELL DONE EVERYBODY!

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Theres still time to dontae, all donations go directly to the charities, To sponsor the team: CLICK HERE


OxfamEdinburgh To Oxford

Date: 23rd to 27th May 2013
Grade: Hard
Total distance: 689km / 428 miles

Trip Description:Cycle from the City of Edinburgh to Oxford in 4 days, starting at the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Travelling to Edinburgh for a pre ride meal on Thursday 22nd, cyclists will be asked to make their own way before meeting at a city centre hotel. From Edinburgh we will cycle to Newcastle, then Leeds, Birmingham and the short distance to Oxford on the 4th day. Blenheim Palace, who welcomed us from Paris in June 2012, have already committed to welcome the group back on Bank Holiday Monday. This is a breath-taking finale to what will be a hard but ultimately enjoyable trip. Bikes will need to be left at the B4 office by Tuesday 21st May.

The Event
Thursday 23rd May / The day before the event:
Cyclists will make their way to Edinburgh under their own steam although it is inevitable that a group will be leaving from Oxford – further details will be available nearer the time. There will also be two vehicles travelling to Edinburgh and some room may well be available to those who are interested. For the duration of the trip the group is divided into smaller like skilled groups of 10, each led by 1 professional guide. There will be a ratio of 1 guide per 10 riders.

Friday 24th May / Day 1: Edinburgh Castle to Newcastle 206kms/128 miles
We are planning, subject to the Castle’s approval in October, to leave Edinburgh from the iconic Edinburgh Castle early in the morning before heading south to Newcastle. Overnight accommodation will be provided in Newcastle with an inclusive meal.

Saturday 25th May / Day 2: Newcastle to Leeds 154kms/96 miles
Leaving Newcastle we head south to Chester-le-Street, Durham and then to Yorkshire. Other than the last day this is the shortest of the three tough days so we will hopefully arrive in Leeds in good time for an early meal and early night ahead of the penultimate day’s ride to Birmingham.

Sunday 26th May / Day 3: Leeds to Birmingham 193kms/120 miles
An early start for probably the toughest day to Birmingham. We will cycle through Sheffield, Derby and Leicester and on to Birmingham where we will have a slightly premature celebratory meal ahead of the comparatively short trip to Oxford on day four.

Monday 27th May / Day 4: Birmingham to Oxford 108kms/67 miles
A leisurely ride to Oxford and Blenheim Palace on this the last day. Friends and family will be waiting for the group at the fabulous Blenheim Palace where the team will be presented with commemorative medals to recognise their incredible achievements. Each rider must arrange for their bike to be transported from Blenheim to their own homes. Informal drinks will be laid on at Blenheim Palace but any final drinks / meals will not be included in the price of the trip and will have to be separately organised.

4 Day Price £850 per person

Price to include: All food from evening meal on 23rd May to last stop before Blenheim Palace on day 4. Support crew at a ratio of 1 guide to 10 cyclists, medic, two support vehicles, four nights shared accommodation in 2* (or better if possible) hotels, medal.

Price does not include: Travel and bike insurance, celebration dinner on final day, drinks with meals, team shirt.

Registration and Sponsorship Forms


Please return the registration form to: B4 Bike Ride, The Firs, Headington Hill, Oxford OX3 0BT. Or alternatively call Richard Rosser on 01865 742211 or 07774 257061 or email on editorial@b4-business.com

 

How To Donate


All donations go directly to the charities, To sponsor the team: CLICK HERE

If you would like more information call Richard on 01865 742211 or 07774 257061 or e-mail him at editorial@b4-business.com to let us know how you would like to get involved.

Cheque donation can be made payable to 'B4 Bike Ride' – please send your cheques to B4 Chairty Bike Ride, The Firs, Headington Hill, Oxford OX3 0BT

 

About This Years Charities


Clic Sargent CLIC Sargent
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer.

Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family.

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

For more information please see: www.clicsargent.org.uk

Macmillan Macmillan
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way.

We provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. We are Macmillan Cancer Support.

The number of people with cancer is growing every day. We want to reach and improve the lives of every one of those people.

For more information please see: www.macmillan.org.uk

Helen and Douglas House Helen & Douglas House
Helen House was the world's first children's hospice, opening in November 1982. It sprang from the friendship between Sister Frances Dominica and the parents of a seriously ill little girl called Helen who lived at home with her family but required 24 hour care.

It is natural that the parents of a much-loved but very ill child would want to care for them at home, but caring for your child every day and night, as well as looking after the rest of your family, and earning a living, can be exhausting.

Helen’s family’s experience highlighted the need for respite care and support for children with life-shortening conditions and so Helen House was set up to help families cope by providing occasional respite care modelled on that provided in the family home - personalised and tailored to individual needs.

For more information please see: www.helenanddouglas.org.uk

Princes Trust The Princes Trust
The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps change young lives.
We give practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. We work with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

We have helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976 and support 100 more each working day. More than three in four young people we helped last year moved into work, education or training.

For more information please see: www.princes-trust.org.uk

Orphanaid Orphanaid Africa
OrphanAid Africa (OA) is a non-profit organization developing programs and projects to help vulnerable children and their families in Ghana, West Africa.

The organization was originally founded as a local NGO in Ghana in 2002 and progressively grew internationally with registered branches in the United States where it is a 501 c3 non-profit, as well as France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The common goal of these branches is to rescue vulnerable children in need of care and to trace and reunify children with their families. These children are often separated from their families by poverty, the HIV/AIDs epidemic and the increase of rural–to-urban migration.

OrphanAid Africa depends on the generous donations of individuals and businesses, as well as volunteers and partners, to help us carry out our work.

For more information please see: www.oafrica.org

 

Last Years Charity Ride


OxfamThe B4 Charity Bike Ride - Paris To Oxford In Aid Of Oxfam.

All 12 cyclists, including B4’s Richard Rosser, Keith Simpson, Rob Scotcher and John Kennedy, enjoyed a fantastic experience they will never forget. B4 were fantastically supported by Kieran Lynch of Oxford Event Hire, James 'The Candy Man' White of InTouch CRM, David 'Hill Master' Robertson of Buildbase together with his wife, Jane ‘Legend’ Robertson, Wayne Harris of Ibstock, Nigel Pursall of OrangeStripe Telecommunications with his nephew Dan and mutual friend Stevie Archer.

Oxfam
The group arrived in Paris on Friday 1st June by Eurostar following months of training which for some was totally alien. Others, like Dave Robertson, had previously completed the route from London to Paris but, by his own admission, this was a far more rewarding experience. “I did a very similar challenge last year but I must say I enjoyed this trip a lot more. From the organisation side it could not have run smoother. Then the TEAM mates – It was amazing how quickly twelve people can come to terms with the challenge and start to work as a unit to ensure we all achieved – It was great to be a part of it.”

The group set off early on Saturday morning, guided by the fantastic Martin and Joe from Passion in Events who organised the event with B4. Nikki and Simon were the support team and Zoe was the team photographer, quickly amassing a library of photos, mainly of various members of the team struggling to make it up the tortuous hills!

Oxfam

First stop was Evreux, 75 miles from Paris, which the team reached with two hours to spare. After an evening meal it was early to bed before Day Two’s colossal 90 miles to Caen from where the team took to the overnight ferry to Portsmouth. Before boarding, the group had a fantastic meal and the opportunity to reflect on two great days and 165 miles covered. For many it was the first time they had cycled long distances on consecutive days, but without any real aches and pains, it was testament to the hours of training they had all put in that there were no major problems ahead of the last day. As the cyclists set off to board the ferry, although there was an air of satisfaction, most realised the last day would be the hardest, with the 100 mile trek from Portsmouth to Blenheim Palace ahead of them, with heavy rain forecast.

Good weather had been a major plus for the trip, with only light showers on day two to contend with. However, as the group assembled below deck at 6.30am on the final day, the weather, on what was supposed to be a glorious Jubilee Monday, was anything but welcoming. Before the group had got into their stride, they were confronted with a 100 metre climb out of Portsmouth, an early reminder that this was going to be the toughest day. Breakfast was provided on the roadside shortly after, with the ever present Simon and Nikki ready with a warm smile and the largest bacon sandwiches!

From there on the signs became more familiar with Basingstoke, then Newbury, then Wantage passing by. As the team climbed the final 200 metre plus hill, Oxfordshire was before them and the sun began to shine. Tea was served in Eaton and as the team made its way through Wolvercote, team jester, James White, succumbed to his first and well deserved drink for over a month just outside Woodstock as there was an hour to kill whilst friends and family were still arriving to greet the group at Blenheim. The final mile brought home to the cyclists what they had achieved and it was with relief and a little sadness that the final mile slipped by and Jane lead the team through the Hensington Gates up the drive to Blenheim Palace, a wonderful venue for the climax to this fantastic adventure.

Over one hundred friends and family had gathered to cheer the group home, along with supporters from Oxfam, B4’s preferred charity. The total raised so far for Oxfam is £11,000 with more money to come in. Oxfam’s Oxfordshire Development Manager, Anna Thorne, commented, “£10,000 is enough to build two water tanks and refurbish two classrooms which is an amazing achievement, The team did a great job!”

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