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Kelly's Cycle Challenge 2017

  • 25 Miles Open Road Cycle Ride
  • 54 Miles Open Road Cycle Ride
  • 74 Miles Open Road Cycle Ride
  • Children's 7 Miles Open Road & Forest Ride (must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Children's Fun Field Challenge

The Kelly's Cycle Challenge returns for a fourth consecutive year with more of the same beautiful routes for you to enjoy.
 
At Alice Holt HQ there will be stalls and activities to cater for all the needs of the cyclists and spectators who come to enjoy the atmopshere and cheer the cyclists in!
 
All three routes follow quiet country roads, with plenty of great views and open road riding to be had.
 
The long distance is great for the seasoned cyclist, whilst the middle distance is a firm favourite, and will also suit those those looking for a step up from the short course or those in training for a longer ride. The 25 mile route sets off later and  is ideal for new riders plus families with older children.
 

ENTRANCE IS BY VOLUNTARY DONATION. KELLY'S COVER ALL COSTS SO EVERY PENNY GIVEN GOES DIRECTLY TO CHALLENGERS.

We suggest a minimum voluntary donation in line with other similar events but PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY.

 

 

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Everything you need to know is HERE!

The Route

You can view or download your map here: 7 miles, 25 miles, 54 miles, 74 miles.

 

Interactive route maps are here:

Kids accompanied ride (7 miles): http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1424927080

Short ride (adjusted to 24 miles, 1 feedstation):http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/922428377

Medium ride (54 miles 2 feedstations):http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/923257821

Long ride (74 miles, 3 feedstations):http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/923269381

Event Registration Opens Warm Up Time Start Time
74 Miles Open Road Cycle Ride 08:00 AM 08:15 AM 08:30 AM
54 Miles Open Road Cycle Ride 08:30 AM 08:50 AM 09:00 AM
25 Miles Open Road Cycle Ride 09:00 AM 09:20 AM 09:30 AM
Children's 7 Miles Open Road & Forest Ride (must be accompanied by an adult) 09:00 AM 10:10 AM
Children's Fun Field Challenge 10:00 AM 10:30 AM

  • *NEW* for 2017 - Two children's events!
  • Children's 7 Mile Off-Road & Forest Ride suitable for 6 years + (must be accompanied by an adult at all times)
  • Children's Fun Field Challenge with obstacles - suitable for any age, but expect rough grassy ground so BMX bikes best!
  • FREE ONSITE PARKING!
  • Stunning open road routes with beautiful views
  • Free ride photo downloads
  • Fully supported routes
  • Medals for all
  • Feedstations en route
  • Free bag drop
  • Mobile mechanic
  • Refreshments on site

Location

Alice Holt

Directions

By car:

Alice Holt Forest is located a few miles south of Farnham on the A325 and approximately 1 mile south of Birdworld. From the A31 turn off at Farnham onto the A325. Stay on the A325 for approximately 4 miles. From Portsmouth and Petersfield take the A325 towards Farnham.  At the Halfway House Pub on the A325 turn off the main road following signs for Alice Holt Forest. The entrance is 300 yards along this road on the left where HQ will be set up and sign posted. The post code is GU10 4LS.

 

By train:

Alight at Bentley Station, from here you can walk through Alice Holt Forest to the forest centre along public rights of way.

 

By bus:

Catch a bus to Bucks Horn Oak. Stagecoach number 18 runs from Farnham Station to Bucks Horn Oak, stopping at the Halfway House Pub on the A325, after which it's a short walk to the entrance of Alice Holt where HQ will be.

Training plan one

TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR 21 & 48 MILE CYCLE CHALLENGES

Below is a suggested 10 week training programme. If you complete the plan, you should be able to complete EITHER of the distances!

GETTING STARTED: Little and often is the key!

Don't let poor weather and lack of daylight put you off!!   A spinning class at your gym is ideal this time of year! Usually of an hour's duration, they will help build a foundation for your muscular and cardiovascular fitness.

Don't let a lack of a bike put you off either!  A static spinning bike is a good substitute for the real thing. If you do all your training on a static spinning bike, this should enable you to complete your chosen distance. However you will need a bike for the event. You can hire a suitable bike from British Bike Hire who are the official suppliers of bikes for this event. They can be reached on 07720 631482.

Always warm up and stretch before exercise. This should replicate the action of what the work will be and warm the muscles to be used during the session. Therefore, light spinning is good for a spinning session. If at any time you begin to experience acute pain and discomfort whilst performing the exercise, stop.

Aim to improve your core strength (stomach and lower back muscles), especially if you're not used to sitting in the cycle position for long periods of time. It will also give your leg muscles a good solid platform to work from. Core exercise can be done in the comfort of your own home or why not join a Pilates class?

Rate of Perceived Effort (RPE): 1 = easy 10 = hard

Week 1

Spin class 3 times a week with at least 1 day between each class. Each class should be at least 1 hour long. Choose the right spin class for your level of fitness. If you haven't been on a bike for a while, think about the beginner's class. This should be an easy paced class that is introducing your body to the cycling action and being in a cycling position. RPE 3 - 4.

At the weekend, take your bike out! Measure a distance that you think you'll be capable of completing and is undulating in profile (no steep hills at this stage but not totally flat!). 6 miles would be a good distance. Aim to complete this in approximately 1 hour.

Week 2

Spin class 3 times a week with at least 1 day in between each class. Select the same level. RPE: 5.

Resistance exercises to build strength: squats

Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Squat down as if sitting down (so push your backside out!) and lower your body down so your thighs are 45 degrees to the ground. Maintain a straight back by looking up and lifting your chest up. Engage your abdominal muscles at all times. This will engage your core. Now push though your heels and straighten your legs - returning to the start position. Complete 3 x 10 reps. x 3.

Core exercise to build core strength: plank

Adopt the prone position and support your body on your fore arms and toes only. Maintain a straight line from toes to head. Avoid raising and lowering your backside. Squeeze your backside muscle together (glutes) and stomach (abdominal) muscles. Hold for 20 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times.

Side plank

Lie down on your side. Rest body on your forearm beneath you and your feet beneath you. Maintain straight line from foot to head. Avoid letting your shoulders roll forward. Avoid dropping your backside. Engage your glutes and abdominals. Hold for 20 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times. Be sure to work both sides.

At the weekend, take your bike out. Complete the same distance as the last weekend. Do this on Saturday and Sunday.

Week 3

Spin class 3 times a week with at least 1 day between each class. Select the same level. If you are completing the class without feeling too uncomfortable, add more resistance to the machine each time the instructor tells you to. RPE: 6.

Resistance exercises

Squats as before. Complete 4 x 10 reps. x 3.
Core & Side plank: as before.

At the weekend take your bike out. On Saturday ride the 6 miles route and aim to beat your previous time. On Sunday ride for an hour and a half following a new route. The distance should be 10 - 15 miles. The new route should include a hill. If you need to, stand up on the pedals while ascending. Ultimately, you should aim to get to the top with out standing up.

Week 4

Spin class 3 times a week with at least 1 day between each class. Move to intermediate level or add more resistance. RPE 6 -7.

Resistance exercises

Squats as before but lower yourself so that your thighs are parallel to the ground. Complete 4 sets of 10 reps.
Core & Side Plank: As before but hold for 25 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times.

At the weekend, take your bike out. On Saturday ride the hour route. On Sunday, ride the hour and a half route.

Week 5

Spin class 3 times a week with at least 1 day between each class. Keep increasing resistance. Some spin classes will be more specific than generic. Look for interval sessions or a session that replicates hill work. Follow the instructor. RPE 7.

Resistance exercises

Squats as per week 4. Complete 4 sets of 10 reps.
Core & Side plank: As before but hold for 25 secs. Rest fot 15 secs. Repeat 5 times.

At the weekend, take your bike out. On Saturday ride the hour and half route. On Sunday, ride for an hour and a half route and try and complete it under the hour and half time.

Week 6

Spin class 3 times a week, with at least 1 day between each class. Look for specific classes - interval sessions and hill sessions will be the more beneficial. RPE 7. However, pay attention to your body. If you're feeling tired, do an easier session.

Resistance exercises

Squats as per week 5. Add some light-weight dumbbells to the resistance. Be sure to maintain technique. If you can't maintain the technique, use less weight.
Core Plank as before. Alternate lifting and holding one leg in the air for 3 secs, while holding the plank position.
Side plank: Rest on your forearm and bend knee beneath you. Straight line is now from head to knee. Whilst maintaining the straight line raise and lower the upper leg in a controlled and slow fashion. Be sure to work both legs. Be sure to engage the abdominal muscles as the leg raises. If done correctly, this will cause a dull ache in your backside when you walk.

Take your bike out for hour and half both Saturday and Sunday.

Week 7

Spin class 3 times a week, with at least 1 day between each class. RPE 7 - 8.
Resistance & Core exercises: As per week 6.

Take your bike out for at least 2 hours on Sunday only.

Week 8

Have Monday off to recover from Sunday's ride. Spin class 2 times a week. RPE 6 -7.

Core & Side planks: as per week 6.

Take your bike out for at least 2 hours ride on Saturday. Recover on Sunday!

Week 9

Spin class 3 times a week. Each session should have RPE of 7 - 8.

Resistance exercises as per week 6. If this is becoming comfortable, increase the weight.
Core: Dynamic Front plank: adopt the position and hold for 25 secs. Whilst holding the position, bring bent right knee forward around the right side of your prone body, towards your right elbow. Then return it to the start position. Repeat with left leg around left side of your body. Repeat. Be sure to engage the abdominals whilst bringing the leg forward.

At the weekend, ride your bike for at least 2 - 3 hours. At an average speed of 14 mph, 39 - 40 miles should be achievable.

Week 10

Light spinning session mid week.

SUNDAY'S THE DAY! GOOD LUCK!

Training plan two

TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR 74 MILE CHALLENGE

Below is a suggested 15 week training programme. If you complete the plan, you should find you can cope with 70 miles with no problem.

GETTING STARTED: Little and often is the key!

Don't let poor weather and lack of daylight put you off!!  A spinning class at your gym is ideal this time of year! Usually of an hour's duration, they will help build a foundation for your muscular and cardiovascular fitness.

Don't let a lack of a bike put you off either!  A static spinning bike is a good substitute for the real thing. If you do all your training on a static spinning bike, this should enable you to complete your chosen distance. However you will need a bike for the event. You can hire a suitable bike from British Bike Hire who are the official suppliers of bikes for this event. They can be reached on 07720 631482.

Always warm up and stretch before exercise. This should replicate the action of what the work will be and warm the muscles to be used during the session. Therefore, light spinning is good for a spinning session. If at any time you begin to experience acute pain and discomfort whilst performing the exercise, stop.

Aim to improve your core strength (stomach and lower back muscles), especially if you're not used to sitting in the cycle position for long periods of time. It will also give your leg muscles a good solid platform to work from. Core exercise can be done in the comfort of your own home or why not join a Pilates class?

Rate of Perceived Effort (RPE): 1 = easy 10 = hard

Week 1

Spin class 2 times a week with at least 1 day between each class. Each class should be at least 1 hour long. Choose the right spin class for your level of fitness. If you haven't been on a bike for a while, think about the beginner's class.  This should be an easy paced class that is introducing your body to the cycling action and being in a cycling position. RPE 3 - 4.

At the weekend, take your bike out.  Measure a distance that you think you'll be capable of completing and is undulating in profile. 6 miles would be a good distance. Aim to complete this in approximately 1 hour.  Massage ITB.

Week 2

Spin class twice a week with at least 1 day in between each class. Select the same level. RPE: 5.

Resistance exercises

Squats: Complete 3 x 10 reps. x 3.
Leg curls: Complete 3 x 10 - 15 reps x 3.

Core exercises to build core strength:

Plank: Adopt the prone position and support your body on your fore arms and toes only. Maintain a straight line from toes to head. Avoid raising and lowering your backside. Squeeze your backside muscle together (glutes) and stomach (abdominal) muscles. Hold for 20 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 3 times.

Side plank: Lie down on your side. Rest body on your forearm beneath you and your feet beneath you. Maintain straight line from foot to head. Avoid letting your shoulders roll forward. Avoid dropping your backside. Engage your glutes and abdominals. Hold for 20 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times. Be sure to work both sides.

At the weekend, take your bike out. Complete the same distance as the last weekend. Do this on Saturday or Sunday.

Week 3

Spin class 2 times a week with at least 1 day between each class. Select the same level. If you are completing the class without feeling too uncomfortable, add more resistance to the machine each time the instructor tells you to. RPE: 6.

Resistance exercises:

Squats as before. Complete 4 x 10 reps. x 3.
Core plank as before.
Side plank as before.
At the weekend take your bike out. On Saturday ride the 6 miles route and aim to beat your time. On Sunday ride for an hour and a half following a new route. The distance should be 10 - 20 miles.

Weeks 4, 5, 6 & 7

Spin class 3 times a week with at least 1 day rest between each class. Move to intermediate level or add more resistance. RPE 6. If it becomes easier as you progress, add more resistance, which will naturally increase the RPE.

Resistance exercises

Squats: Complete 4 sets of 10 reps.
Leg curls: complete 4 x 10 - 15 reps x 3.
Calf raises: complete 4 x10 - 15 reps x 3.
Core plank as before but hold for 25 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times.
Side plank as before but hold for 25 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times.

At the weekends, on Saturday ride the 6 miles route. On Sunday, ride the hour and a half route. As the weekends progress add an extra 5 miles each Sunday so that by week 7 you're up to 35 - 40 miles.
NB: IF YOU'RE TRAINING FOR THE 45 MILES RIDE, THIS WEEK SHOULD BE A REST WEEK, I.E. IGNORE THE ABOVE.

If you feel like a light spin either on the bike or on the spinning machine, do it mid week and make sure it's not hard.

IF YOU'RE TRAINING FOR THE 70 MILES, READ ON!

Week 8

Spin class 3 times a week with at least 1 day between each class. Keep increasing resistance.
Some spin classes will be more specific than generic. Look for interval sessions or a session that replicates hill work. Follow the instructor and resist the temptation to not adding resistance.
RPE 7.

Resistance exercises:

Squats. 4 x10 - 15 reps x 3. Think about adding weight: holding dumbbells, or bags of shopping!
Leg curls: 4 x 10 - 15 reps x 3
Calf raises: 4 x 10 - 15 reps x 3. If this becomes easy, perform exercise carrying weight.
Core plank as before but hold for 25 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times.
Side plank as before but hold for 25 secs. Rest for 15 secs. Repeat 5 times.

At the weekend: on Saturday ride 15 - 25 miles at steady pace. On Sunday, ride the same route and try to beat Saturday's time.

Weeks 9 & 10

Spin class 3 times a week, with at least 1 day between each class. Look for specific classes - interval sessions and hill sessions will be the more beneficial. RPE 7. However, pay attention to your body. If you're feeling tired, do an easier session.

Resistance exercises:

Squats as per week 8. Add some lightweight dumbbells to the resistance. Be sure to maintain technique. If you can't maintain the technique, use less weight.
Leg curls as per week 8.
Calf raises as per week 8.
Core plank as before. Alternate lifting and holding one leg in the air for 3 secs, while holding the plank position.
Dynamic Side Plank: Turn onto your side. Raise yourself to rest on your forearm and on bent knee beneath you. Keep the upper leg straight. Whilst maintaining the straight line between head and bent knee of lower leg, raise and the upper leg in a controlled and slow fashion. Return upper leg to start position. Repeat. Be sure to work both legs. Be sure to engage the abdominal muscles as the leg rises. If done correctly, this will cause a dull ache in your backside when you walk.  Repeat 3 x 10 per leg.

At the weekend take your bike out on Sunday and aim to cover 35 - 40 miles.

Week 11

Spin class 3 times a week, with at least 1 day between each class. RPE 7 - 8.
Resistance exercises: As per week 10.
Core: as per week 10.
At the weekend, take your bike out and aim to cover 45 miles working at a steady pace. RPE 7. On Sunday only.

Week 12

Spin class 3 times a week. RPE 6 - 7. Start the week light. Gradually build the work rate as week progresses.
Resistance work as per week 10.
Core planks as per week 10.
Side planks as per week 10.
At the weekend, take your bike out and aim to cover 50 miles. Make sure there are hills to climb on the route.

Week 13

Spin class 3 times a week. Each session should have RPE of 7 - 8.

Resistance exercises

Dynamic squats: 3 x 10 reps with a 1 minute in between each set.
Leg curls: 4 x 10 - 15 reps x 3.
Calf raises: 4 x 10 -15 reps x 3.
Dynamic Front Plank: adopt the position and hold for 25 secs. Whilst holding the position, bring bent right knee forward around the right side of your prone body, towards your right elbow. Then return it to the start position. Repeat with left leg around left side of your body. Repeat. Be sure to engage the abdominals whilst bringing the leg forward.

At the weekend, ride your bike for at least 55 miles. Make sure there are hills to climb on the route.

Week 14

Spin class 3 times a week. At least one interval / hill climbing sessions with RPE of 7 - 8, occasionally rising to 9.

Resistance exercises

Dynamic squats: 3 x 10 reps x 3 with 1 minute between each set.
Single leg curls: 3 x 10 reps x 3 with 1 minute rest between each set.

At the weekend, take the bike out and aim to cover 60 miles. Make sure there are hills to climb on the route.

Week 15

Rest week. Light spin session mid week.

By the following weekend you should be mentally and physically prepared to cover the 70 miles. Even though you won't have covered the 70 miles in training, the atmosphere, adrenalin and the moment will make sure you cross the line.

ANY QUERIES OR FOR FURTHER ADVICE CALL RORY ON 07863137132 OR EMAIL Rory.macpherson@kellystore.org.

Challengers

Challengers

Serious about fun for all disabled children & young people. For more information about Challengers, please visit their website: http://www.disability-challengers.org

CycleSmith

CycleSmith

James Smith provides cycle repairs, servicing and maintenance in Hampshire and is our fantastic volunteer mobile mechanic for the Kelly's Cycle Challenge. We're very lucky to have such a great guy on board helping get cyclists back on the road in a flash. Nice one, Jim!

Farnham Chiropractic Wellness Centre

Farnham Chiropractic Wellness Centre

Farnham Chiropractic Wellness Centre are the only wellness focused chiropractic office in Farnham and the surrounding villages. Their multidisciplinary set up of Chiropractic, Active Release Technique (ART), Massage and Reflexology helps you achieve your goals in the shortest time. Grant, Jenna and the team have supported our cycle challenges in Farnham for years now and they offer free massage for a donation to Challengers, helping us raise even more money for our fab charity! We are really very grateful for their contribution.

Nourish Kitchen

Nourish Kitchen

Nourish Kitchen fuels physical and mental high performance with natural, unprocessed ready to eat food.  This dynamic team provide our delicious, healthy feedstation snacks for the Cycle Challenge!

Life is Beautiful. Nourish it.

Perfect Pitch marquees

Perfect Pitch marquees

Perfect Pitch Marquees Ltd. are an established company based in Guildford, servicing the counties of Surrey, West Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire. Nick, Jesse and the team have been supplying our event marquees for years and also go the extra mile to make sure the look fantastic and are put up with no fuss, so we can concentrate on making our event days a success!

Phoenix Theatre & Arts centre

Phoenix Theatre & Arts centre

The phoneix Theatre & Arts centre is a local theatre house based in Whitehill & Bordon hosting over 50 shows a year including comedy, drama, music and dance as well as various community projects. We teamed up with the theatre for our Kelly's Cycle Challenge 2017 because they were organising a couple of cycling-related shows, so they attended our event and also donated a prize of a family ticket to a show! Fab!

Robyn's Nest

Robyn's Nest

Robyn's Nest provides ethically-sourced, quality, tea and coffee, alongside fresh food and delicious homemade cakes! Robyn has a family link to Challengers and so has been kindly supporting our events for a couple of years now and is always delighted to donate some of her takings on the day. Thanks Robyn!

Spokes & Spanners

Spokes & Spanners

Spokes & Spanners is a family run bike shop in Farnborough specialising in mountain bikes servicing and repairs. They service and offer repair work for all bikes and pride themselves on our expert advice and customer service, much like Kelly's. A keen cyclist himself, owner Dean enters a team to the Kelly's Cycle Challenge, fundraises for the charity and has also given offers and prizes for participants each year. Thank you Spokes & Spanners!

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