The Big TEDF Bike Ride

When: Saturday 15 June (registration 9.30am)

Distance: 28 miles/45km mostly off-road

Start/Finish: Barham Village Hall, Valley Rd, Barham, Canterbury CT4 6NX

We are delighted to announce the first official TEDF cycling event, “The Big TEDF Bike Ride”.

Following the success of our annual coastal walk we are now launching an event for those who enjoy a great day out on two wheels!  

We are teaming up with local artisan bike builders Craft Bikes, run by James and Chloe who have years of cycling experience, to help us lead the ride in a safe, fun and professional way. There are 100 places and the ride is available for ages from 12+, although we would suggest that all participants are confident riders and sufficiently trained for the event! 

The Ride

The ride will be an enjoyable and challenging 28 mile (45 km) ride through the beautiful Kent countryside, taking in byways, forest trails, gravel paths and some country roads. A mix of scenery and riding surfaces but nothing too technical! We’ve carefully chosen (…and test ridden many times!) a route that spends as much time off road as possible, the ride will be achievable on a gravel bike or a mountain bike with appropriate tyres. We expect it will take between 3 – 5 hours. It’s not a race but a chance to soak up the fresh air and countryside, conducted in a fun and social way. This event will need good levels of fitness, some training and the right bike!

Tickets and fundraising goals

Tickets are just £25 per person (or £80 for a family of 4) and include a TEDF/Craft Bikes water bottle, a wood-fired pizza (courtesy of Barney & The Pizza) and a craft beer (or soft drink) donated by a local craft brewery for all our finishers. The fundraising target is a minimum of £50 per person, but we hope you’ll go on to raise as much as possible for our amazing cause. 

For anyone that raises £100 or more in advance of event day we will gift you with an Evie Dove Foundation T-shirt too!  They will also be available for purchase on the day. 

The Route

The full route will be well marked (our thanks to Signworx for donating) but we will also have guide riders front, middle and back ensuring everyone is on track and to help with any mechanical issues on the way. We’d highly recommend everyone has a puncture repair kit or tubeless tyres as a minimum. Worst case there is a “broom bus” that will sweep anyone up off the trail if you need it… but you won’t need that will you?! Professional medics will also be supporting the ride. 

So here’s the route, GPX and FIT files will be available a week prior to the ride for anyone that wishes to download the ride onto their GPS/Garmin device. Please take note of the level of elevation and climbing, but don’t worry: what goes up must come down!  The route is rolling with a few steeper hills.

The final route is subject to change as we assess weather conditions, final permissions over the countryside areas, and safety, but we expect it to be very similar to the map seen above.  There will be a compulsory pit stop in Lyminge during the ride to check in on how everyone is doing, refill water bottles and deliver you some energy bars with thanks to our good friends at Get Buzzing

Our thanks to the Forestry Commission for providing permission to take on the fire trails of the wonderful Lyminge Forest and Covert Woods. To Canterbury and Folkestone and Hythe councils for supporting us. 

So let’s get cycling! Book your tickets now and we’ll see you on the trail!