Château des duc de Bretagne, is the jewel at the heart of Nantes, the largest city in Northwestern France. The Château, secluded by fortress walls and its own moat, are an imposing, yet welcoming finish to Cornwall Hospice Care’s Camel to Castle Cycling Challenge where the cyclists will finish in the walled courtyard.
The five day trip limited to just 50 cyclists, will start from the mouth of the River Camel, traversing Cornwall from West to East. The route explores the beauty of Cornwall on day one before an overnight ferry crossing to France where the challenge features much of the famous La Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route as we head south to Nantes and ultimately completing a total of 280 miles to France.
Join us for the truly unique and bespoke once in a lifetime trip to help fund the care our charity provides to patients with terminal illnesses in Cornwall.
We are hosting a free launch event, to help you find out more. We will cover the route, fundraising support, what the trip is actually like to participate in, and so much more.
Hosted at Healeys Cyder Farm, on Saturday 29th September 3-5PM, we hope you can join us. There is no need to RSVP.
To find out more about the Launch Event, see our event page here.
A good level of fitness is required for this challenge. You will need to train, however remember that although the distances are larger, you have all day to cycle the distance.
We’ll be with you every step of the way in your preparation for your Camel to Castle Cycling Challenge. In just a few simple steps you can join our team and support Cornwall Hospice Care.
1. On the link above sign up today, with our trusted delivery partners Skyline who are working with us to organise and run the Camel to Castle Cycling Challenge.
2. You will receive confirmation of your place from Skyline, which will also trigger acknowledgement to us and in turn we will then mail your Fundraising Pack to you. You will be linked with the Cornwall Hospice Care event lead responsible for your event throughout your training and on the challenge.
3. We will send you regular updates with fundraising information, training guides etc.
4. We will hold a tech evening for the cycle, to learn how to maintain your bike on the road, i.e. punctures and loose handlebars etc.
5. Any fundraising support you need, we will be on hand to help either in person, over the phone or on email.
6. Before your departure you will need to provide insurance information and complete a health questionnaire with Skyline in the riders area on their website – this is on behalf of Cornwall Hospice Care.
7. Once the route recognisance has been completed we will share this with you and can give rough estimates for you if friends and family wish to cheer you on from certain points. We will provide final details in advance of the departure re. start meeting point and provisions there.
8. Finally enjoy the challenge!
Every year it costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners, in simple terms, the NHS contribution pays for 71 days of care each year. In a calendar year that’s only enough to get us to the 12th March. We rely on the generosity of people like you in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 32 shops.