TEAM TOWNEND PUSHBIKE CHALLENGE 2015

 

THE TOUGHEST LAKELAND SPORTIVE

IN LOWESWATER, IN APRIL

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Just £20 including a free cycling bottle, tea and cakes after your ride.

CHRISTIAN & NIGGY

 

The Team Townend Pushbike Challenge is a cycling event in memory of Christian and Niggy Townend who were killed in a road crash whilst out cycling in 2010. The aims of the day are to raise money for charity, challenge yourself, enjoy cycling and remember Christian and Niggy.

The course itself takes in some of the most scenic and spectacular parts of the Lake District, as well as some of its most challenging roads, including the Whinlatter, Honister and Newlands passes. The first challenge took place in April 2011 and we have now raised over £40,000 for our chosen charity, RoadPeace. Since then it has grown into a popular sportive event, with over 300 riders per year.

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EVENT DETAILS

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DATE & TIME

18.04.2015, Start 10:00 am

EVENT LOCATION

Loweswater Village Hall,Loweswater,Cumbria,CA13 0RU

INFO

Complimentary cycling bottle, tea and cakes included for all riders. Close to the Kirkstile Inn, the best pub in the Lake District!

THE ROUTES

The Short One

 

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Best for new, young or intermediate riders, the short course is 22 miles long and heads down the Lorton Valley before taking the Whinlatter Pass.

After a winding descent into Braithwaite, the course then snakes up over the challenging Newlands pass and drops into the Buttermere Valley. Then it’s homeward bound alongside Crummock and back over to Loweswater.

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The Long One

 

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Best for experienced riders; the long course is 40 miles long and follows the short course until it turns left at the bottom of Newlands pass. You’ll climb the imposing Honister Pass before dropping into the stunning Borrowdale Valley.

Turn left at Grange then follow the high road alongside Derwentwater and over to the second ascent of Whinlatter Pass. After descending into Lorton you then turn left down the valley towards the Loweswater finish.

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OUR SUPPORTERS

We couldn’t put the event on without support from all our families and some key businesses. Thank you all.
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SUPPORT OUR CHARITY ROADPEACE

OVER £40,000 RAISED SO FAR

Join Us For An After Party!

Music, food, fine ale and an auction

Just buy a ticket from our store for £5 or pick up a ticket on the day.

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NEWS FLASH CENTRAL FROM TEAM TOWNEND

Team Townend and RoadPeace

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The following is a short piece written by Sara from RoadPeace explaining where your money goes and why we choose to support them.

RoadPeace is the proud charity partner of the Team Townend Pushbike Challenge. Now it its 5th year, the event has raised over £40,000 supporting our work helping families after road death and injury.

RoadPeace- Who we are and what we do

RoadPeace, which was set up by a bereaved mother 22 years ago, is working to challenge and change complacency around road death.

Support and justice are at the heart of what we do.

RoadPeace supports families who find themselves suddenly and traumatically bereaved with a range of services including a national helpline, befriender network, local groups and a support building programme.

We campaign for justice, calls for change and improvements to how the justice system responds to road crashes and road danger with a focus on inquests, police investigation, prosecution, sentencing and victims rights.

No Justice

Every day, five people are killed on Britain’s roads, and over 2000 are injured, including some 200 seriously injured. In 2010 this included Niggy and Christian Townend, who were 2 of the 111 cyclists killed that year. Niggy and Christian were both experienced cyclists who were run over and killed by a coach driver while they were out on a training ride. The driver admitted driving at 50mph in freezing and snowy conditions, with a faulty windscreen washer which meant he couldn’t see clearly ahead.

The Townend family have had to deal not only with the terrible loss of two sons and brothers, but also an utter failing of the justice system.

The decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge the driver with causing death by dangerous driving took over a year, and too little information was passed to the family during this time. During this time the driver was able to continue driving. And then despite the driver admitting that he was driving at speed, in difficult conditions and with no visibility, the jury found the driver not guilty of causing the deaths, either by careless or dangerous driving. An inexplicable verdict.

But this is not unusual. On average only 500 drivers a year are convicted of causing a death, and in fact drivers are four times more likely to die in a crash than be convicted of killing someone.

Time and time again the criminal justice system fails road crash victims and their families, like the Townends. RoadPeace works to support these families in getting justice for their loved ones.

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Every Year RoadPeace Staff Head North for Team Townend

‘This fantastic event is now part of our annual calendar and we look forward to heading up to the Lake District to join 200+ others to take on the challenge of the Lakeland mountains. The event is extremely well organised by the brothers and friends of Christian and Niggy. Set in the picturesque village of Loweswater, the ride takes in the stunning mountains of the Lake District, which are then surpassed by an amazing afternoon tea of delicious home baked cakes provided by the local community. If you love cycling, nature and cake then this event is for you.’

Funds raised from the Team Townend Pushbike Challenge help  us to stay independent and speak out on behalf of crash victims. But what we also see is an event that allows a family, and a community, to come together to commemorate the lives of two young men and to raise awareness of the needless and avoidable nature of road crashes.

Want to help more? Join RoadPeace. We have been supporting victims and campaigning for justice for over 22 years.

Times and Star call for more cyclists for the TT Challenge

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The Team Townend Challenge 2015 was featured in the well renowned Times and Star this week to call for more cyclists to join the event and raise money for our charity Road Peace.

The Times and Star has been a huge supporter of the event since the inaugural event in 2011, helping raise awareness and generate support from the local community.

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