Cycling challenge launched to help The Chestnut Appeal

PEOPLE are being urged to get on their bikes in Plymouth for a good cause.

The Chestnut Appeal for men’s health has teamed up with city cycle shop and cafe Rockets & Rascals to launch a charity ‘77’ challenge.

The challenge is simple enough; register online for £12 and then ride either 77km or 77 miles in one ride during the month of July. It can be on road, off-road, multi-terrain, done in laps or a one-way trip.

After completing the ride participants will be asked to send in evidence to receive a unique ‘77’ medal.

Like most sports, cycling has seen most of their events cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the HSBC UK National Cross-Country Championships that had been due to be held at Plympton’s Newnham Park in July and the popular Dartmoor Classic Sportive.

Rockets and Rascals creative director Steve Toze said: “At Rockets & Rascals we would normally be knee deep in long rides, coffee fuelled tales and travel-based adventures by July.

“Our community of cyclists, centred around our cafe on the Plymouth’s Barbican, has come to expect some novel events so it’s great to be able to tie up with The Chestnut Appeal and bring a challenge of a different form.”

David Squires, from the Chestnut Appeal, said: “We are really excited to be working with Rockets & Rascals on this fantastic challenge. You can enter wherever you are in the world and we’re already exciting to see your routes and rides to unite for men’s health.”

Toze added: “Already we have cyclists entered and planning their special 77km or 77mile rides and this is exactly what cycling is all about for us – creating some memories and getting out in the fresh air.

“Rockets will be there for moral support over our social media channels and our new take out is open 7 days a week to provide fuel for the ride.”

Riders are asked to share their experience on Instagram, using the hashtags #RNR and #77challenge.

Submission deadline for this event is mid-August. For more information or to enter, click HERE.




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