Specialized Cycling Challenge steps up a Gear for Katharine House Hospice


Local readers will soon be pedalling like mad to help a local charity as Katharine House Hospice launches its annual Specialized Cycling Challenge.

The Specialized Cycling Challenge takes place on Sunday 3rd May and riders can register now to take part in what promises to be a great fun day for serious cyclists and families alike.

Event fundraiser James Lunney says

“This year we’ve kept four routes after adding in a celebration route for last year’s hospice jubilee. The 65 mile and 45 mile routes have been reversed this year which will change where those challenging climbs are! We’ve also got a new 20 mile route mostly on cycle paths from Stafford to Gnosall and a shorter family route at 8 miles. It’s thanks to the tireless work of the volunteer event committee including Ian Moss and Mick Dale that we are able to offer up an array of routes.”

The event has had an increased level of sponsorship from Specialized Concept Store on Eastgate Street in Stafford, who will help to protect the funds raised by the event, ensuring every penny goes toward the work of Katharine House Hospice in the community.

James says

“Last years’ Cycling Challenge featured 590 cyclists and raised over £22,500 for the Hospice and was enjoyed by families and Kings and Queens of the mountains alike – we were literally inundated by requests to host another one and this year the event is back by popular demand. We’ll once again be having food stalls at the end for cyclists to replenish their energy whilst resting at the finish.

Not only is it a lot of fun, but every mile the entrants pedal for sponsorship brings support to local people in need of the services that Katharine House Hospice provides”.