Ride for Ryder cyclists in their Sue Ryder gear

Ride for Ryder - The Sportive 2021

8th August 2021
Dean Close School
Shelburne Road
GL51 6HE
Fundraising target
40km, 90km and 130km
Matt Reay
01242 395 450
Event location map

51.89298, -2.1057

Get on your bike and enjoy some of the most stunning routes in the Cotswolds while raising vital funds for local families needing Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice's expert and compassionate care.

Ride for Ryder cyclists in their Sue Ryder gear

Saddle up

Saddle up for a stunning ride around the glorious Cotswolds with Ride For Ryder - The Sportive 2021! With a range of routes everyone can help support Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and the expert care they provide.

Ride for Ryder The Sportive, one of the longest running and best loved charity cycling events in the Cotswolds, returns as a live event for its 33rd year on Sunday 8 August 2021! Starting once again from Dean Close.

Sign up on the day

We are delighted to be able to announce that on the day entry will be available.

Please note, we're still encouraging riders to enter online before midnight on Sunday 1st August and take advantage of the discounted entry and benefit from a free hot food voucher (not available if you sign up on the day), but appreciate this is not always possible. 

Should you need to register on the day, please note you will need to arrive for your chosen route as outlined below:

  • 130km - Arrival from 07.45 (1st riders departing from 08.30) 
  • 90km - Arrival from 09.00 (1st riders departing from 09.30)
  • 40km - Arrival from 10.00 (1st riders departing from 10.30)

The Routes

This year, our three beautiful routes return and offer something for all abilities.

For more information on our three routes and to view the route maps please proceed to enter and these will be available on the British Cycling entry page.

*Routes remain subject to change due to highway maintenance and unforeseen circumstances out of the control of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

All routes start and finish at Dean Close School. This year riders will be allocated specific arrival times (subject to their chosen route) with the order of departure remaining with the 130km heading out first followed by the 90km and 40km. Arrival times and further information will be emailed to all riders in advance.

At the start and out on our routes you will offered support by local bike mechanics, in additional our team of marshals and volunteers on the course located at refreshment stops and water stations will be there to cheer you round and keep you hydrated.

Fundraising for our care

Your fundraising is vital to helping us be there when it matters, providing expert and compassionate care from the only palliative in-patient hospice in the county.

All entrants will receive a finisher’s medal, Early Bird sign ups also receive a food voucher for one hot meal at the finish and all riders raising over £145 in sponsorship will be rewarded with a Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice cycling jersey to ride in on the day.

COVID secure

For your safety and the safety of our suppliers, staff and volunteers, there will be measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and also adhere to the relevant guidelines at the time. Measurements will include (but not be restricted to); specific arrival times allocated in advance, controlled waves with limited rider numbers and restricted use of indoor facilities.

We kindly ask all riders (online and on the day entries) not to come onsite before your arrival time. This will enable us to manage the number of people onsite, the flow of riders and sterilise certain areas, ultimately providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Your cooperation with this is very much appreciated. 

Again for the safety of all involved, we are kindly asking all riders to administer a lateral flow test the evening before and to log the result on the Government self-reporting websiteAs you will appreciate, not only is the start/finish venue a school site, our volunteers, staff and healthcare team in attendance work in a controlled environment and may come into contact (directly or indirectly) with our patients and families receiving our care.

We will be constantly reviewing guidelines to keep up to date with pandemic regulations and as such we cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer places on the day of the event as we have in the past – so please book early to ensure your place!

Event sponsor

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Please note, our routes are designed to be challenging but with three distances; 40km, 90km & 130km, there is a route to appeal to all cycling abilities.

We ask you, please, to select the route that is most appropriate for your level of fitness and experience. 

Our 130km route has a number of significant climbs, with a total ascent of over 6,200 feet, including three classic Cotswold climbs: Stanway, Dovers and Saintbury Hills. To enjoy this route you will have to have trained or be an experienced cyclist and be capable of completing the course at an average of over 12mph. 

Please contact the Leckhampton Court Fundraising Team should you wish to discuss the routes in more detail prior to entering.

Get in touch

If you have any further questions or need more information on this event, please contact the Events Fundraising Team at Leckhampton Court Hospice by emailing Leckhampton.events@suerydercare.org.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before signing up so you are fully aware of the event terms and conditions, including age of entry, health and safety requirements (including COVID-19 measurements for everyone’s safety).

Event supporters

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Dean Close Logo
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