Race to the Sun for Alabaré's Homes for Veterans 2022

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To cycle 1300 miles from Salisbury to Gibraltar to raise funds for socially excluded and homeless Veterans

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Race to the Sun - Your challenge to the Rock!

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No Veteran should be forced to sleep on the streets. By taking part in this Challenge you will be raising life saving funds for homeless and vulnerable Veterans.

This ride culminates in the ultimate adventure through three countries, travelling up to 1300 miles over 16 days to reach the towering rock synonymous with Gibraltar.

This incredible cycling adventure will take you from Salisbury, through a wealth of breath-taking scenery, through mountainous regions and sun-soaked valleys, until you reach the world-famous rock.

Ken Hames and the team from Alabaré have created not one but two cycling challenges.

Team Catalan: The Challenge is a 1,300 mile cycle ride over 16 days starting from Salisbury, through France, the Pyrenees region and Spain ultimately arriving in Gibraltar.

Team Brompton: Joining the team at Biarritz, the Challenge is a 700 mile cycle ride over nine days, travelling through Spain to Gibraltar. The difference for this team is the opportunity and additional challenge to experience your ride on a combination of road bikes and Brompton fold-away bikes.

Are you up for breath-taking views, truly memorable experiences, a great sense of collective and personal achievement?

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Part One for Team Catalan

After a warm-up cycle from Alabaré’s head office in Salisbury, passing along Cycle Route 24 to Portsmouth, we will travel overnight by ferry to St Malo.

Team Catalan

• Wednesday 4th May: Meet up with Ken Hames and the support team plus your fellow cyclists at Alabaré’s Head Office in Salisbury and cycle to Portsmouth (47m) ready for a night-time crossing to St Malo. Shared cabins will be available.

• Thursday 5th May: St Malo to Nantes (120 miles)

• Friday 6th May: Nantes to La Tranche Sur Mer (97m)

• Saturday 7th May: La Tranche Sur Mer to Royan (84m)

• Sunday 8th May: Royan to Arcachon (92m)

• Monday 9th May: Arcachon to Biarritz (108m)

• Tuesday 10th May – Rest day

Team Brompton arrive via Biarritz airport and get to meet their Brompton bikes and their fellow team mates.

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Part Two: Teams Catalan and Brompton

As Team Catalan rest up on day six, we are joined by Team Brompton who get to meet their fellow cyclists and their Brompton foldaway bikes. Keen to get going, Team Brompton have no easy warm up as we all cycle through the Western edges of the Pyrenees mountains with an initial 2,000 foot climb. The route promises some stunning scenery allowing you to take a much-needed breather along the way to admire the vistas. We will rise early, finish before dark, so we can come together for dinner each evening, swapping tall tales, tribulations and triumphs.

• Wednesday 11th May: Biarritz to Tafalla – crossing into Spain (92m)

• Thursday 12th May: Tafalla to Almazan (101m)

• Friday 13th May: Almazan to Guadalajara (78m)

• Saturday 14th May: Guadalajara to Toledo (96m)

• Sunday 15th May: Toledo to Puertollano (101m)

• Monday 16th May: Puertollano to Montilla (109m)

• Tuesday 17th May: Montilla to Ronda (82m)

• Wednesday 18th May – Rest Day

• Thursday 19th May: Ronda to Gibraltar (69m)

• Friday 20th May: challenge Gibraltar to tug or war!

• Saturday 21st May: Fly back to London

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What is included:

• Ferry crossing with a bed from Portsmouth to St Malo for Team Catalan.

• Flights from London to Biarritz for Team Brompton.

• Flights from Gibraltar to London for all participants*

• Accommodation for Team Catalan for 16 nights.

• Accommodation for Team Brompton for 11 nights.

• All food from lunch on day one, all food enroute (breakfast, lunch and dinner) through to breakfast on the day you fly back.

• Drinking water and cycling snacks for all cycling days.

• Support vehicles, bike tools, water provision and full and comprehensive first aid provision.

• Brompton foldable bikes.

• A team of experienced support staff.

• Full route information detailing the climbs and assents for each leg of the Challenge.

• Full back-up support to provide first aid in situ and organise emergency medivac should this be necessary.

• A fully risk assessed route and emergency management planning.

• A cardboard bike box so you can fly your bike back with you from Gibraltar.

• Alabaré branded cycling shorts and top.

• Fundraising pack information.

* If you wish to stay on in Gibraltar and see more of the sights, you will need to pay for the return flight to the UK for you and your bike. Please ensure you tick the box that states you do not wish to return with the others on Saturday 21st May at the point of registering.

What is not included

• Personal travel insurance

• Personal health insurance is advisable now that we have left the EU

• Alcoholic drinks and drinks during dinner

• GPS system

What you are expected to bring

• A well-maintained road bike regardless of which team you are in

• Spares (to be carried by one of the support vehicles for your team)

• Tools necessary to keep your bike on the road

• Clothing (cycling and leisure)

• Any medication needed

• Proof that you have recieved both Covid inoculations in a timely manner to

protect you and the team from Covid

• Additional personal spending money

• Passport (valid for at least six months prior to departure)

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Challenge Fees

To take part we are asking you to raise a minimum of £5,000 (before gift aid) for our work with homeless and vulnerable Veterans. The charity will pay the costs of your participation. All the profit from the Challenge will fund Alabaré’s Veteran Community Self-Build programme lead by Ken Hames.

There are two ways of raising the money - you need to decide and tell us which route you are going to use:

1. Self-funded: You agree to pay the cost of the Challenge yourself(£3,000) and then raise the money for the charity from friends and family. All of the money you raise for the charity is eligible for gift aid.

2. Sponsored: If you chose to pay the registration fee and then fundraise the rest of the challenge costs, then you are committing to raising a minimum of £5,000 prior to gift aid. This must be paid to us in intervals as per the payment schedule below. If you set up a fundraising plateform such as Virgin Money or Just Giving, the charity will receive the donations directly. You must make your sponsors aware that some of the money raised will be paying for the cost of your participation in the trip (close relatives and businesses will not be able to add gift aid to the donations that you raise. More information is available here: shorturl.at/ALQ36

If you chose the sponsorship route (and many do) then please be aware that if you are not able to raise the funds needed against the payment schedule below, then you will be asked to make up the difference personally. Some people chose to ask friends and family to pay into a crowdfunding account for their costs and then raise money for the charity using Virgin Money for example.

Key dates

£150 payable when you register your interest (we will call you to take this payment after you have registered)

£350 payable by 1st May to reserve your place (non-refundable unless we cancel the event)

£1,000 payable by 1st September 2021

£1,500 payable by 1st December 2021

£1,500 fundraised and payable by 1st March 2022

£500 fundraised and payable by 1st July 2022

Please see the full terms and conditions for our cancellation and refund policy.

Why fundraise for Alabaré?

By taking part in this Challenge you will be raising life-saving funds for homeless and vulnerable Veterans and specifically for our Community Self-Build programme.

Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans provide supported accommodation to British Armed Forces Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

We believe no Veteran should be forced to sleep on the streets.

We provide dedicated support to Veterans across the South of England and Wales - specifically; Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Devon, Dorset as well as North and South Wales.

On any given night our Homes for Veterans are able to keep over 100 Veterans off the streets.

Get In Touch

If you would like more information about this Challenge or are interested in signing up please contact us at fundraising@alabare.co.uk

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About Ken Hames MBE

From humble beginnings as a boy working on his grandfather’s hill farm, he eventually rose to the rank of Major in the Army, commanding an elite mountain unit. Ken (pictured above, left) has seen action in many parts of the world and has led more than 20 major expeditions.

After years of military service, Ken decided to call it a day and join the world of television and broadcasting.

His first TV show in 1995 (while still in uniform) was The Trek (Meridian) with the help of Princess Diana; he took 12 disadvantaged youngsters to the heart of Africa on a 500-mile journey over desert and mountainous terrain. Diana described Hames as “the master practitioner’.

Now Ken focuses his energy on supporting homeless and vulnerable Veterans, working alongside Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans.

Alabaré commits to adhering to Government guidelines and best practice to keep you and our team safe during the Challenge. If you have any questions around Covid please contact us.

This event is being delivered by Alabaré Christian Care & Support and Ken Hames, supported by Saddle Skedaddle.

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At Alabaré we support people to overcome the barriers of homelessness, mental ill-health and learning disabilities in order to have a home, health, choice and independence.

We have almost 400 beds with homes and services across England and in Wales: providing accommodation, support, advice and training.  We support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, vulnerable women, young people, Armed Forces Veterans and adults with a learning disability or mental ill-health.

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