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Ride Nelson’s Tour De Test Valley for CALM!

Following the blistering success of last year’s inaugural Tour de Test Valley cycle sportive in aid of CALM, Marcus Chapman, Chris Pratt and chums are setting the wheels in motion (ahem) for this year’s event, taking place in Grateley, Hampshire on Sept 20th.

RIDE ON NELLY!

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Organised in memory of keen cyclist and pro snowboarder, Nelson Pratt, who took his own life in 2012, and taking you along some of Nelly’s favourite cycle routes, the Tour de Test Valley is an uplifting event for everyone involved and is also a chance to raise money for CALM to help us prevent male suicide.

Last year almost 700 riders raised an amazing £58k for CALM, which is a record breaking amount for a single event.  It would be amazing to beat that record this year!

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Taking your through the stunning rolling countryside of the Test Valley, the sportive offers 40, 80 and 160km routes, providing well stocked feeding stations (the homemade brownies last year were a high point), bike maintenance at Ride HQ, electronic chip timing, event photography and a broom cart to pick up any stragglers en route so you can be safe in the knowledge that you won’t be left behind.  With delicious grub on site and the legendary CALM free tea and biccies tent providing a well earned cuppa and custard cream to supporters and riders alike, the event feels more like a festival than a sport event, which makes it unique in the sportive calendar, not least due to the immaculate organisation and chilled out atmosphere.

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If all this isn’t persuasion enough, check out this video that captures the magic of last year’s event and visit the Tour de Test Valley website to book your place!  It’s a popular event, so book today to make sure you don’t miss out!

nelsonstourdetestvalley.co.uk

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4 Responses to this article

  1. Hi,

    I’m interested in joining the bike ride and would like some more information about how to do so.

    Thanks a lot.

    Alex

    Alex Horsman 23rd February 2014 at 8:04 pm
  2. Hi Alex

    If you visit the Tour de Test Valley website, you can find out all the info you need and book a place: http://nelsonstourdetestvalley.co.uk/

    Good luck!
    Team CALM

    rachelclare 24th February 2014 at 10:11 am
  3. Hi,
    I’d really like to do this to raise some money for CALM, and it looks like a great time! I have made an account with British Cycling to book a place for the 80km ride, but i’m wondering if I need to specify at any point that i’d like to do it for CALM? How do I go about raising money for you? And finally, how do I get one of those brilliant CALM lycra cycling tops?!
    Thanks, Chris

    Christopher 3rd July 2014 at 12:44 pm
  4. Hey Chris

    Great news – thank you so much! The best thing to do is to email our Supporter Care Officer, Niamh, on niamh@thecalmzone.net and she can sort you right out with all the info you need about fundraising for us.

    Huge thanks and good luck!
    Rachel

    rachelclare 7th July 2014 at 4:29 pm

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