On Sunday 11 June Buckinghamshire’s biggest charity bike will return with the 2023 Bucks Radio Tour de Vale. Organised by WheelPower, this annual cycling event has become a real highlight for the local community, with hundreds of riders coming together to raise vital funds for the Stoke Mandeville based charity.
There are three fantastic routes to choose from, all starting and finishing on the famous track at the Birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. The routes take the riders out into the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside and are supported by regular water stops, volunteer marshals and support vehicles for your safety throughout.
Choose from 25km, 75km and 110km routes and join riders of all ages and abilities in completing this fantastic charity bike ride. The 25km route is ideal for families, with all under 16’s and hand cyclists going free. The two longer distances will have brand new routes in 2023 and now head north from Aylesbury to the beautiful countryside around Buckingham, Stowe and the Claydons. All cyclists will be rewarded with a well-earned medal after crossing the finish line, where they will find massage tables, entertainment from Bucks Radio, a barbecue and a bar so that they can recover and relax with friends and family after the event.
Eve Helyer, WheelPower Events & Community Fundraiser tells us more. ‘This year we celebrate the 20th year of the Tour de Vale and want to make 2023 the biggest and best yet! Since 2003 over £875,000 has been raised by our amazing cyclists and their support has meant that WheelPower has been able to deliver lots more life changing opportunities, both here in Buckinghamshire and across the United Kingdom.
‘The Tour de Vale is more than just a bike ride, and by taking part you will not only have a brilliant day cycling but you will also be turning your collective pedal power into pounds for our charity. The money raised this year will help us to support disabled people lead healthier and more active lives through sport and exercise, and in 2023 we are calling on all our riders to raise £20 in our 20th year.
‘We look forward to welcoming you to Stoke Mandeville Stadium in June and would like to thank our amazing community for your continuous support of the Tour de Vale over the last 20 years.’
To find out more about this year’s event and to sign up for the 2023 Bucks Radio Tour de Vale please visit www.tourdevale.com
Volunteering at the 2023 Tour de Vale
If cycling isn’t for you, you may like to volunteer instead? To deliver a safe event WheelPower relies on the support of 150 local volunteers to marshal the routes, help at the sign-in tent or support riders at the important water stops. Volunteers would need to donate a couple of hours on Sunday 11 June, with full instructions, a high vis jacket and packed lunch supplied. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01296 395995 to find out more.