Were you at the first ever Ride for Ryder back in 1988?

Riders at the first ever Ride for Ryder in 1988

Were you there at the Cotswold charity cycle ride in 1988? That’s the question our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is asking as we launch an appeal for cyclists who took part in our Gloucestershire-based hospice's very first Ride for Ryder event to get in touch.

The call-out comes as our hospice gears up to celebrate its 30th anniversary charity cycle ride on 24th June.

Established in 1988, the Ride for Ryder charity cycling event is estimated to have seen some 8,000+ cyclists ride thousands of miles in support of the local hospice, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for our specialist care along the way.

Wanted: 30 years of memories

Matt Reay is the fundraiser responsible for organising this year’s event.

"Most people mark their 30th year with a big celebration and that’s exactly what we are planning for 2018’s Ride for Ryder," he said. "We’re doing all we can to make this year’s cycle ride the biggest and best yet.

"Another celebratory tradition is having photos from your previous 30 years shared with family and friends, and that’s exactly what we would like to do. We’d love to display photos and stories of the charity cyclists who’ve supported us over the past 30 years, so if you’ve cycled with us before please get in touch!" he urged.

"In particular, we’re really keen to hear from anyone who took part in our very first Ride for Ryder cycle event back in 1988," he added. "If you have any photos or stories you're willing to share, please email leckhampton.events@sueryder.org or call 01242 246 162."

A Cotswold charity cycling tradition

Ride for Ryder is a charity cycle ride supporting the only hospice with inpatient beds in Gloucestershire.

"It is quite incredible to think we have been running this cycle ride for 30 years now," mused Leckhampton Court Hospice Director Elise Hoadley. "It’s becoming quite the Cotswold charity cycling tradition and we’d love nothing more than to welcome back lots of our past riders - and new riders too - to help mark this very special occasion – retro cycling clothing and vintage bikes optional!

"Every mile cycled and every donation secured will raise funds so we can continue to provide specialist hospice care for local people and their families at a time they need it most," she added.

Get involved in Ride for Ryder

The professionally run cycling event is suitable for novices right through to more seasoned cyclists, starting and finishing from top-class sporting facilities at Dean Close School in Cheltenham with 40km, 90km and 130km distances offered.

All cyclists registering for Ride for Ryder 30 before midnight on Monday 30th April can grab themselves a special discount on the entrance fee.

Prices will be held at £7.50 for the 40km ride and £20 for the 90km or 130km rides until this early bird deadline lapses.

Sign up online now