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!
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!
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.
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!