Weʼve raised £15,895 to create an epic cycle challenge and annual charity event and raise money to support diabetes and autism charities
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The Great Tour
The Great Tour is a 6,700km cycle route hugging the coastline of Great Britain, never losing the sight, sound, smell or sense of the sea. It has been ridden twice before in 2010 and 2015. Only a handful of people have ever completed the whole ride.
The ride is the brainchild of Hugh Roberts. He rode the route from start to finish in 2010 and was due to complete this year's ride too until an untimely fall with Scotland just ahead. His longtime friend, Robin Young completed the ride on September 5th, with only one day lost to dangerous weather in Wales. 1.5m pedal strokes, 70,000 metres of climbing, quarter of a million calories, one amazing, once in a lifetime experience.
This epic venture is intended to launch the Great Tour as an annual charity event. In 2020 it is raising money for two charities, Diabetes UK and Ambitious about Autism. Money raised is split between these two causes and the Great Tour itself to cover set up costs for the future annual ride. Use of funds will be overseen and examined by an independent firm of accountants, Ward Williams
From 2021 the team intend to make the Great Tour the annual charity centrepiece of Great Britain’s cycling year, raising money to support projects or other charities consistent with the Great Tour's ethos of promoting health, enjoying the environment and supporting coastal communities. The route will be waymarked to encourage people to cycle legs for themselves and each year the event is planned to take place in summer giving a small number of people the chance to complete the immense challenge in one.
This year’s two partner charities are personal for the team.
Robin was diagnosed with T1 diabetes in 2017. Diabetes is manageable, and is no barrier to anything. UK Diabetes helps people understand the practicalities of that. This ride proves it to be true.
Toby Lapper runs the amazing SweetSpot support team. His son Patrick is autistic. Ambitious about Autism helps autistic people achieve at their best. For a condition that is often less supported than necessary, their work is vital.
Many local riders and cycling luminaries have joined the ride too. Chief amongst them, Pippa York, won the Tour de France King of the Mountains as Robert Millar - last century as Pippa would say.
Thank you for supporting our venture. Through you, we will create a cycling event like no other. Its romance and physical challenge will capture the imagination, hearts and legs of many cyclists; inspire their friends and supporters to support health and environmental causes and help sustain coastal communities.
Find out more about the Great Tour here
Follow Robin’s personal blog here
Find out more about Diabetes UK here
Find out more about Ambitious about Autism here
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The Great Tour3 years ago
Hi to all, We're now past half way. 40 days done, 24 to go. I'm pleased that despite all the problems that Covid imposed we now have two official charity partners: Diabetes UK and Ambitious about Autism. I'm lighter than I was and I've survived the worst Scottish weather. Wales lies just over the horizon and some hideous legs lurk there. After that, it's the West Country and endless hills, then home. Looking forward to home if I'm honest. We still need more support so spread the word if you have a mind to. I'll keep watching the road.
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Sep 18, 2020
Congratulations Robin, what a fantastic effort for two great causes too. We're looking forward to catching up for a beer with you soon. From the David Carpenter team
Sep 11, 2020
Well done guys - that's a great achievement and I'm now very envious that Robin is as thin as a rake!!I must dust down my Giant and get back out there! #respect
Sep 10, 2020
Sep 10, 2020
Well-done Robin, fantastic effort!
Sep 10, 2020
Well done. Great achievement. Julie and Mike x
Sep 8, 2020
Well done, Robin, Hugh & Toby, huge congratulations on a completing such a massive challenge...
Sep 7, 2020
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Robin Young is a 58 year old, Type1 diabetic. He has no particular cycling talent, other than ability to endure long periods in the saddle. Former HR professional, he now hopes to turn this journey into a new career as an author. Links to his blog are in the text