2022 Ride - To Bath & Back
We’re cycling from Basingstoke to Bath to raise money for the Camrose Centre in Basingstoke.
The Camrose Centre
The Camrose Centre is a drop-in service dedicated to providing support and assistance to the homeless, vulnerably housed, and socially isolated in Basingstoke and Deane.
The centre offers people breakfast and a hot lunch in a safe welcoming environment, with basic washing facilities, and a variety of essential items including toiletries and towels, clothes and shoes, and rucksacks, tents and sleeping bags for our rough sleeping community.
Their objective is to offer an enabling environment, promoting fulfilling, healthy lifestyles and ongoing support to empower their clients to make lasting positive changes. They also have regular drop-ins from other agencies addressing a broad range of matters including financial support, legal and housing advice, family and relationships, alcohol and substance misuse, employment, and emotional wellbeing.
You will need to be able to cycle the distances as this is an amateur event run by volunteers and we can’t carry people who can’t do the mileage. You’ll need a roadworthy bike of course, and speeds will need to be a minimum of 12-13 miles per hour. Apart from that, this ride is open to anyone over the age of 18.
You will need to sign a waiver, and preferably organise your own insurance. We can help with that – it’s about £40 for a year.
Above all, Arkrider rides are fun and inclusive so you should also be up for helping the people around you. We’re not speed demons, Arkriders is more than just the cycling.
We’ll also be having a meal of some kind on the Saturday night in Bath, which will be paid for, and then enjoy the city – not too much though, as you’ll need to be cycling 80 miles back the next day with an early start.
The cost includes lunches, accommodation (bed and breakfast, two to a room) and support. You will be expected to fix punctures, but we will have a support car and the ability to fix various bike issues. We’d suggest a good old service before the ride though.
Around £50 of your entry fee will be going to the charities, and we would also ask that you raise additional money.