Sue Ryder is encouraging people to get on their bikes and Ride for Ryder

Gloucestershire cyclists are invited to take on the Ride for Ryder challenge this summer, raising funds for the county’s only palliative care unit, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Registration is now open for Sue Ryder’s 34th annual Ride for Ryder – and keen cyclists from all over Gloucestershire are invited to saddle up and take on the challenge to raise money for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Taking place on Sunday 10 July 2022, the well-loved charity event will see participants cycle along a scenic Cotswold route of their choice.

From keen cyclists to those seeking a new challenge, there’s something for riders of all abilities and fitness levels, with four routes varying in distance from 40, 60, 90 and 130 kilometres.

The 60-kilometre route is brand-new for 2022, giving novice riders the option to take it up a gear; while the challenging 130-kilometre route is aimed at experienced cyclists due to its significant ascents and classic Cotswold climbs.

Starting and finishing at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, participants will get to whizz through quintessential Cotswold villages like Broadway, Guiting Power and Stanway, soaking up spectacular countryside views along the way.

Refreshment stops and water stations are located on each route, too, with volunteers and marshals to cheer participants on.

Matt Reay, community fundraising manager at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: ‘With last year’s Ride for Ryder being the first fundraising event for us after the outbreak of the pandemic, we were thrilled with the amount raised for the charity and the sheer volume of people wishing to be involved.

‘We really are extremely grateful to each and every participant for lending their time and effort. I hope that this year’s event will be just as successful as last year’s, if not more! Ride for Ryder is a fantastic event and the money raised really does make a huge difference.’

In 2021, Ride for Ryder raised an incredible £40,000 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, which is the only in-patient palliative care unit in Gloucestershire.

And this year, it’s hoped that the fundraising efforts will top that – thanks in part to Sue Ryder’s long-term partner, Allstone Speedy Skips, which is sponsoring the event for the second year running.

This means that every penny raised will go towards funding the expert palliative care and bereavement support provided by the Sue Ryder nurses at Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Entry costs from £15 per rider. All entrants will receive a finisher’s medal and anyone who raises over £145 in sponsorship will get their own Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice cycling jersey to wear proudly on the day.

Online registration closes on Sunday 3 July 2022, so interested riders should get in there fast!

To register for Ride for Ryder, visit

In partnership with Sue Ryder |

By Annabel Lammas

© SoGlos
Monday 23 May 2022

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