Now in its 5th year, The Great Hotel Bike Ride challenge from London to Manchester will be taking place on the 7th and 8th of October 2019, arriving in time for the start of The 2019 Annual Hotel Conference.
Following a Grand Depart, including croissants and coffee, from the iconic Renaissance St Pancras Hotel, the route heads north through London’s sprawl. Hadley Highstone in High Barnet is the first respite of the day for a brief equipment check before hitting the country lanes.
Rolling, rural roads then prevail, as the cyclists leave the commuter towns of St Albans, Luton and Stevenage in their wake. A well-deserved pre-booked pub lunch in Lavendon offers the riders a chance to refuel ready for the afternoon push for Leicester. For the fourth year running, overnight accommodation will be at the Marriott Leicester, including private dining for the group and a menu tailored for maximum recovery and energy.
Some of day one is a little lumpy, particularly through the Chiltern Hills; however, it is generally remembered for its length, at circa 194km. Points of interest along the day one route include Castle Ashby House, a 16th century stately home in Northamptonshire.
Day 2, whilst shorter in length, is considered the most challenging. With over 2,558m of climbing, riders traverse the punishing Peak District before commencing their approach into Manchester...
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, riders leave Leicester behind and head for Derbyshire. The start of day is relatively tame; the route taking in charming market towns and villages, including the picturesque Market Bosworth and Ashby de la Zouch.
Lunch at the breathtaking Carsington Water is followed by a brutal ascent out of Brassington and onto the Peak District. The roads remain challenging and exposed until a brief respite into Bakewell and flat run along the Monsal Trail (the former Midland Railway line between Bakewell and Buxton). This leads the way into yet more climbing – Wormhill and Dove Holes are punishing yet Whaley Bridge remains the ultimate uphill test.
At the top of High Peak and above the planes landing into Manchester Airport, riders are treated to their first view of the finish, some 20kms in the distance. A decent into Stockport, followed by a final furore through the bright lights of Leveshulme and Longsight, see riders cross the finish line at the foot of the Beetham Tower. Champagne follows.
220 miles of challenging scenic British riding;
Day 1 covers 125 miles ending in Leicester;
Day 2 covers 95 miles ending in Manchester;
Support throughout the ride;
Fully directed and mapped route.
2019 Great Hotel Bike Ride
2019 GHBR Charity
THE British Heart Foundation
Targeting the world's biggest killers
“Research has given us machines that can restart hearts, the ability to fix arteries in tiny babies, the power to give someone a heart they weren’t born with, and so much more.
But heart and circulatory diseases still kill 1 in 4 in the UK, they cause heartbreak on every street. And that’s why our work is as urgent and vital as ever.
Our research, is the promise to protect the people we love. Our parents. Our brothers. Our sisters. Our grandparents. Our closest friends.
Research is who we are. The promise of future preventions, treatments and cures.
People’s donations have got us this far. Every breakthrough we’ve made, funded by people like you.”
The ride, cyclists and charity is supported by The Annual Hotel Conference and will be the sole fundraising event and charity for the conference this year.
Over the past 4 years, the ride has raised £35,000 for charity. The Great Hotel Bike Ride will support the British Heart Foundation in 2019, and the ride is aiming to raise £10,000 for this truly worthy cause.
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