It’s here. It’s back and it’s just as daft as ever. That’s right The Kidz Klub Cycle Ride is returning on the 26th July 2014 for its third running to truly establish itself as a Biennial fundraising event for Kidz Klub Leeds.
I’m writing this as a call to you, friends, volunteers and supporters of Kidz Klub Leeds or fond readers of this blog, to help us make this another huge success. There are a number of ways that you could get involved the first is to get pedaling and sign up for the ride! We are looking for as large a group as possible to join me as well as a small group of Volunteers and staff who have already committed to this well over a year in advance. The reasons we have already signed up are simple, we want to see the work of Kidz Klub Leeds continue and to grow, reaching more children and more families across the city of Leeds. We had some amazing, unforgettable times doing the rides. Yes they were difficult but we enjoyed it immensely.
Way back in 2010, six of us cycled from Kidz Klub Liverpool to Kidz Klub Leeds all the way along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. 132 miles of towpath and locks, cobbles and gates and one very, very big hill from Bradford. In 2012, eight of us cycled from Hyde Park Leeds to Hyde Park London in two days, 205 miles up hill and down dale, through scorching sunshine and torrential thunderstorms.
Across both years we have raised in excess of £7,500 for Kidz Klub Leeds and we want to see that number grow even further.
In 2014 we welcome Le Tour De France, the world’s greatest cycle race, to Leeds and to Yorkshire. Taking inspiration from this the 2014 Kidz Klub Cycle Ride will be Stage 1 of Le Tour. The route is 120 Miles long and takes us from Leeds, through Ilkley, Skipton and out into the Dales through some spectacular scenery. Then we turn back through Ripon and into Harrogate for a “Sprint” finish.
120 Miles is a long way and it is across some hilly terrain so it will take a good level of fitness and cycling experience to complete it. While we won’t be beginning official group training rides until February 2014, from experience it is good to have some base level fitness already there to build on.
If you don’t feel like you could cycle with us but would like to play a supportive role we are looking for 3 able support car drivers. Over the last two rides these people have been invaluable at providing food, drink, encouragement and the occasional bit of first aid across the ride. You’ll need a car, the day free, preferably a bike rack but most importantly an encouraging attitude towards ratty and tired cyclists. (Putting up with sweaty socks if we have to ride in the car for a bit is an added requirement). On top of that supporters along the route are welcome and if you would like to do this please do let us know and we will keep you posted as to the route and approximate timings.
Over the last two bike rides the cyclists themselves have paid for all the gear, food, accommodation and travel needed. This even includes new bicycles when they have fallen apart mid training ride. We have been happy to do this because we feel the outlay to Kidz Klub will be so much greater than the amount we spend on doing the ride. So this is a request for additional donations to an “Enabling Pot” for the food, fuel and other little things that all add up to ensure that this ride runs as smoothly as possible. Anything left over will go into the main sponsorship pot.
The next request is one for those of you who have business responsibilities, either at a high level or with a boss who is keen to support a local charity making a real difference to children and families in Leeds. We are looking for a company or companies to sponsor the event. As a result you’ll get your name on all of the promotional and media material and your name adorned on our kit, a fetching blue and yellow polka-dot number. One of the major reasons for starting the process so much earlier this year is to allow us to reach and spread the word much further and wider than ever before. This is an incredible opportunity for a business to support amazing work in a very public way.
Finally, I am not a member of Kidz Klub Staff, I am a volunteer and have been for the last 8 years. The drive behind the Cycle Ride back in 2010 originally came from myself and another volunteer, Chris Clarke. We felt that we wanted to organise something away from the staff team who work so hard above and beyond their contracted hours week in week out giving everything through challenging situations. Chris and I both work full time jobs and commit, on top of this up to 8 hours a week to the work of Kidz Klub Leeds for no financial reward, simply because we believe this project makes a real difference to the lives of the children and families we reach. From two blokes who like to cycle and have a laugh doing so this has grown to a major fundraising event for Kidz Klub Leeds, with the possibility of going even further. So, whether you feel like you can give your time and/or your money to this ride, or would like to know more about Kidz Klub Leeds. Get in touch, come and visit and see what is happening across the city.
If you are interested in joining in on the ride this year please contact me through Kidz Klub Leeds or by email on email@example.com. This blog will be back up and running telling the tale of the build up and the rides very soon so take a look here as well!
So, there it is, the countdown begins.