Tour de Y – 310 mile cycle challenge

YMCA Tour de Y markCyclists ready themselves for South West Regional Challenge as they begin annual YMCA Fundraiser
A team of YMCA cyclists will be battling hills, saddle sores and blisters to complete YMCA Cheltenham’s annual Tour de Y Challenge this week.
Starting at YMCA Cornwall in Penzance on Tuesday 20th September, the group will then call in at YMCAs throughout the South West – Plymouth, Paignton, Exeter, Taunton, Bridgwater, Street, Bath and Bristol, before finally arriving back in Cheltenham having covered over 310 miles in 4 days.
The group from Cheltenham includes the YMCA’s Fitness Manager, Rob Charsley, who is looking forward to getting back on the bike following last year’s Tour de Y when he was part of a group cycling 550 miles to the YMCA in Göttingen, Cheltenham’s twin town in Germany. “There is nothing quite as exhilarating as a challenging cycle ride – 80 miles per day, up and down hills, along coastal paths, country lanes, designated cycle routes and busier main roads. And knowing that we will be raising money to support local homeless people is the icing on the cake.” Also taking part is the manager of St Michael’s House in Gloucester, Trevor Rawlinson. Trevor said “This cycle ride will push me mentally and physically, but I know the importance of Cheltenham YMCA’s work to those who are homeless and all the money raised will ensure that support is available to the most vulnerable when they need it.”
Cyclist image +triangleIt is hoped that the 2016 Tour de Y in the South West will be the start of an annual cycle ride in the region. Cyclists from some of the YMCAs along the way are hoping to join for part of the Tour, raising the profile of the YMCA’s work in each of the areas.
The YMCA is the oldest youth charity in the world, and is the largest voluntary sector provider of safe, supported accommodation for young men and women, providing almost 10,000 beds for young people every night in England.
All the money raised will go towards providing young people with safe, secure accommodation, hope for the future and the opportunity of reaching their full potential.