Chase the Sun has just launched its 2019 programme of rides, and has announced Life Cycle UK as their official charity partner!
What is Chase the Sun?
Chase the Sun is a simple idea, with a unique philosophy. The challenge: ride across the country in one day - coast to coast, east to west, dawn to dusk. Over 700 cyclists from across the world took part in the 2018 event, on its 10th anniversary. Originally conceived by Olly Moore in 2008, the concept is unique: this event is a ride, not a race, it is a collective endeavour shared by a community of cyclists inspired in pursuit of a common goal.
The ride attracts a broad range of cyclists from many countries and backgrounds, from trained athletes to determined novices, experienced long-distance adventure riders to urban cycle couriers riding fixie bikes and this year the first ever tandem team! In contrast with the now typical 'sportives' there is no timing or ranking, no medals, only the ultimate success of chasing the sun to view the sunset on the coastline.
Chase the Sun 2019
According to the organisers, next year will be bigger and more exciting than ever! At mid-summer sunrise on June 22nd 2019, riders will be able to take on the ultimate coast-to-coast endurance cycling challenge simultaneously over a choice of three routes: England, Italy and, new for 2019, Scotland.
Chase the Sun England starts at sunrise on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, crossing a diverse section of the country, encompassing the urban sprawl of London, country lanes, green vales and the mighty Cheddar Gorge, ending at sunset in Burnham On Sea on the Somerset coast some 205 miles later.
Chase the Sun Italy is a spectacular 270 kilometre route full of scenic climbing and thrilling descents, it traverses the country from Cesenatico, birthplace of Marco Pantani, over the Appenine mountains, scenic Tuscan hills and vineyards, and passing historic cultural landmarks in Florence and Pisa, to arrive at the Tirrenian sea, on the coast west of Pisa.
Chase the Sun Scotland will start on the esplanade in Aberdeen and takes in the wild hills and rivers of the Scottish lowlands, crossing landmark bridges and weaving through the ‘belt’ to Lanarkshire and Ayrshire, riding over 200 miles to reach a view of mid-summer sunset over the Firth of Clyde from Ayr seafront.
Registration for all routes is now open on the Chase the Sun website: www.chasethesun.org.
If you would like to support Life Cycle UK you can do so simply by entering the event. Alternatively, if you would like to fundraise specifically for us you can do so via Just Giving.