Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
18 April 2013

SSAFA Ride of Britain 2013 opens for registration!

SSAFA is proud to announce our ultimate North to South cycle challenge is taking registrations.

SSAFA Ride of Britain 2013 opens for registration!

Hot on the wheels of last year’s Olympic Cycling Fever, SSAFA is proud to announce that this year’s Ride of Britain is officially open for registration! This year’s cycle, the ultimate North to South Challenge, will follow the Tour de France 2014 British Route from Edinburgh – Carlisle – Harrogate- Derby – Cambridge - London. You’ll join a host of participants ranging from cycling enthusiasts to novices to serving personnel. All abilities are welcome on the ride, you just need to be willing to have fun but cycle hard and raise money for our Forces family too!

Yvonne Lyons, who was a serving Officer in the Army for 14 years and is now a Branch volunteer for SSAFA, took part in Ride of Britain 2012, and recounts her experience,

“Having served in the military and having a husband who was a Royal Marine, SSAFA has always been a cause close to my heart. Being a volunteer case worker, I also knew how important fundraising was for the continued success of our work.

“So, with that at the front of my mind, I took the plunge and signed up for the Ride of Britain. It was slightly daunting to say the least but I began my training and slowly but surely I began to see my fundraising total rise which gave me a huge sense of satisfaction.”

“The sense of camaraderie on the trip was immense and as a group we immediately formed a close bond. SSAFA’s fundraising team along with the specialist ‘bike crew’ were brilliant as well; the whole thing was organised perfectly and I never felt under pressure or worried about not making it to the end of the Challenge.”

Yvonne aimed to raise £1,300 but smashed her target by over £500 and raised a whopping £1,822. She did this through a number of events including a very successful pub crawl which was much appreciated by her friends and colleagues!

She concludes by saying,

“I signed up for this challenge from a standing start and it has given me a whole new hobby. I have become a complete road bike junkie! I go out nearly every day for a ride and every week with the cycle club I have recently joined. I’ve even taken part in other 100+mile challenges – something I never thought I would do!

“Even better than all of this – I have lost weight (nearly 2 stone), got fitter and made a whole new set of friends. I have so much to thank SSAFA for and being a case worker and helping others is small pay back for what I have got out of the Ride of Britain Challenge.”