Stick’n’Step Charity Bike Ride 2023
Local charity, Stick’n’Step are celebrating their 21st year with an exciting cycling challenge to raise funds.
This local cycling event starts and finishes at Seacombe Ferry Terminal, Wirral on Sunday 15th October 2023 and offers two routes around the Wirral Peninsular.
The first route (route 1) is aimed at children, and starts at the Seacombe Ferry terminal and travels the 3 mile stretch to the north side of the New Brighton promenade. After a short rest, the second part is simply the return leg along the same route to complete the 6 mile ride, where participants can collect their medal and possibly a well earned biscuit.
The second route (route 2) is for more experienced cyclists, as it’s much longer but isn’t a challenging ride. Starting from the same Ferry Terminal in Seacombe, route 2 travels along the coast to New Brighton and onto the Wirral Way towards Leasowe, passing along the north Wirral coast.
If the weather is good, this route will be beautiful and very enjoyable. From Leasowe, cyclist ride along Meols Parade, North Parade in Hoylake and through West Kirby and back onto the Wirral Way. This part of the Wirral Way is the disused railway track, which is now popular with dog walkers and other walkers so riders should be respectful of every using this path.
At the end of the Wirral Way, you drop onto Boathouse Lane for the freewheeling fun into Parkgate, where you’ll be welcomed with a feed station after the 18 mile part one ride. Once refreshed, you’ll have the short climb back up Boathouse Lane and then onto the Wirral Way again for the return leg, a repeat of the first route.
All riders will be presented with a medal upon completion at the finish in Seacombe Ferry Terminal.
It costs just £10.00 to register for adults and £5 for children, which is very reasonable. Cyclists are encouraged to raise more funds for the charity through sponsorship. The longer route is restricted to cyclists aged 14 years or above, with riders aged under 18 having to have a signed parental consent form.
There’s no mention of whether helmets are compulsory but we’d strongly recommend all cyclists wear one. This is a charity bike ride, aimed at raising vital funds for this local charity. The ride is not chip timed, and it’s not a race, so cyclists are encouraged to take their time and have fun.
If you’ve not ridden in a charity bike ride before, we’d encourage you to read our article on How to Prepare for a Charity Bike Ride.
Stick’n’Step Cycle Challenge 2023
|Name:||21st Birthday Cycle Challenge||Organiser:||Stick’n’Step Charity|
|Location:||Seacombe Ferry Terminal, CH44 6QY||Event Website:||link to website|
|Date:||15th October 2023||Price:||Children: £5.00, Adults: £10.00|
|Event:||Charity Bike Ride||Start Times:||10:00am|
|Distance:||6 miles, 36 miles||Feed Station:||Yes|
|Climbing:||100ft, 900ft||Ride Profile:||Flat.|
|GPS Route:||route 1 map||Map:||route 2 map|
Based on the Wirral, Stick’n’Step are a local charity that provide free conductive education sessions, to enable, inspire and support children with cerebral palsy and their families.
Why Stick ‘n’ Step? In the early days of the charity, most of the children were of pre-school and primary age and many of them were learning to walk with mobility aids (sticks). The parents chose the name Stick ‘n’ Step because they would hear conductors repeating ‘stick… and step’ in a slow rhythm to help those children control their movements, coordinate their steps, and move forward at a steady pace. Nowadays we work with children and young people from 0 to 25 years old with a range of personal goals which may or may not include walking with a stick, but the name Stick ‘n’ Step is so treasured by all of us, that it has…stuck!