Today, cyclists are once again preparing to get on their bikes as we launch our Banks’s Round the Wrekin launch for 2019.
The sportive will take place on Sunday 19th May and follows hot on the heels of this year’s event which raised more than £30,000.
The 2019 event consists of four routes, taking in breath-taking scenery of the Shropshire Hills and Telford Wrekin – the 24-mile Hugh Porter Challenge route, Compton Care Classic 67-mile route and the Banks’s Epic 102-mile Route. New for this year is a 10-mile FunCycle ride suitable for all abilities.
Cycling champion Hugh Porter MBE launched the event today alongside representatives from Marston’s Brewery and Compton.
Event organiser Sarah Wooding from Compton said: “We are really excited to be launching the 2019 Banks’s Round the Wrekin Cycle Sportive. This year’s event raised a grand total of £30,473 and since we first launched the sportive in 2016, the total amount raised over the last three years is now in excess of £80,000.
“We are hoping even more people will join us on one of the four routes in next year’s event to raise even more money which will enable us to continue to provide extraordinary care to our patients and their families living with complex and incurable illnesses free of charge.”
Entries for next year’s event are now open with fees starting at £10 for the family ride, £20 for the Hugh Porter Challenge route, £25 for the Compton Care Classic route and £30 for the Banks’s Epic route.
Amie Cater, Assistant Brand Manager for Banks’s said: “Banks’s Round the Wrekin Sportive is a great event which supports Compton Care, the money raised at this year’s event was fantastic and I’ll look forward to the 2019 event.”
Four-time World Cycling Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Hugh Porter MBE is supporting the sportive set on roads where he trained during his career. He will be riding the High Porter Challenge Route which was named in his honour.
He added: “I’m so pleased that each year we have achieved a new record amount which now totals over £80,000 since the event’s inception. My ultimate ambition is to see 1,000 riders taking part, raising over £50,000 for this very worthy cause.”