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A ride like no other: Seven years of Tour De Test Valley

You came, you cycled against suicide, you consumed your body-weight in brownies — this year’s Tour De Test Valley was a good’un, and raised a whopping £37,000 in support of CALM.

On Sunday 14th September, almost 1000 riders took on the Tour De Test Valley Sportive, riding 25, 50 or 75 miles across the Berkshire and Hampshire countryside to raise vital funds for CALM.

There were some ace highlights, including Olly riding 25 miles on a penny farthing, and 11-year old Rhys taking on his first ever 50mile ride alongside Olympian Ed Clancy and the Vitus Pro Cycling team. All in all, it was right good. 

Impressive skills and celebrated cyclists aside, Tour De Test Valley has raised over £430,500 since 2012 when CALM trustee Marcus Chapman started the event in memory of his friend, pro snowboarder and keen cyclist, Nelson Pratt alongside his brother Chris Pratt. 

After Nelson tragically took his own life in 2012, his friends and family wanted to keep his memory alive with the level of energy and passion that Nelson embodied. Inspired by his love for cycling, great food and even better company, Nelson’s Tour De Test Valley was born.

Over to Marcus: “The CALM helpline directly prevented 675 suicides in 2018, which just shows how crucial it is. The stigma around mental health is changing everyday, people are talking more and asking for help – you guys are helping spread this message and using your legs to help others. Please keep doing it, it works. See you in the saddle next year!”

Sound good? If you want to get involved next year the date has already been set for 19 September 2020. Keep your eyes peeled on the CALMzone website and social media for your chance to sign up — or join our newsletter for all your need-to-know CALM updates.

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