Bristol’s biggest charity bike ride, Tour de Bristol, is returning to the streets on Saturday April 13, 2024.
The event, in aid of St Peter’s Hospice, challenges riders to use their pedal power to raise funds to support patients and their families during the most difficult of times.
Riders choose from three different routes – 40k, 65k or 100k – all starting at UWE’s Centre for Sport before heading into the Gloucestershire countryside. Or, cyclists can take on a virtual challenge by choosing a route and date that suits them.
Husband and father of three, Mike Freeman from Westbury-on-Trym, was cared for by the Hospice when he was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer. His family and friends take part in the annual Tour de Bristol race in his memory as team, Bike for Mike. Jonny Freeman, one of Mike’s sons, says: “The Tribute fund was set up in memory of our dad to support the incredibly valuable work of St Peter’s Hospice. The Hospice made an enormous difference to our dad’s quality of life at a very difficult time, something we’re all truly grateful for.
“We’ve raised over £44,000 for the charity so far through the generosity of friends and family, and Tour de Bristol is always a highlight. There’s a great atmosphere on the ride with cyclists of all ages and abilities, the perfect opportunity to take in some west country scenery and meet a few people along the way – I would encourage anyone thinking of signing up to go for it!”
St Peter’s Hospice fundraising manager, Hayley Ali, says: “We can’t wait for another year of the Tour de Bristol! It’s the hospice’s largest event and an incredible day of fundraising, with cyclists of all ages and abilities coming together from across Bristol and beyond. We are so grateful to everyone who signs up and gets on their bike to pedal the distance and tackle the hills to support St Peter’s Hospice. All the funds raised from this event make sure we can continue being there for local patients and families like the Freemans when it’s needed most.”
Tour de Bristol is sponsored by the Bristol Port Company. Join in to ride in memory of a loved one, for fun and fresh air, or to smash a personal goal. To register see: www.tourdebristol.co.uk