Club Announces Year of the Bike Cycle-Challenge Route

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Wednesday 07 May 2014



The Camping and Caravanning Club has continued to build excitement around the ‘Year of the Bike’ with the release of new route details for its cycle-camping challenge!

Starting at Wantage in Oxfordshire, which is the site of the Club’s inaugural meeting back in 1901, a team of Camping and Caravanning Club cycle-campers will ride up the country, taking in key points of the Tour route and pitch up at campsites along the way.

The cycle-campers will pass through key towns, cities and destinations including Cambridge, Peterborough, Nottingham, Chatsworth Park in the Peak District, Glossop, Huddersfield and Keighley before heading to their final destination.

Further detailed information on the route and the Club Challenge team can be found on the Club’s new dedicated challenge website:

Television presenter and first female Club President, Julia Bradbury will lead the riders over the finishing line at the Club’s Scarborough campsite on Friday, 30 May.

The Club’s founding member, Thomas Hiram-Holding was himself a cycle-camper and established a Club that has expanded from just six members in 1901, to more than half a million enthusiastic campers and caravanners over a century later.

All of the riders undertaking ‘The Challenge’ have agreed to wear traditional cycling clothing, like Hiram-Holding himself, throughout the six days.

The six day cycle-camp challenge will take place during National Camping and Caravanning Week (Monday 26 May to Sunday 1 June), which is now into its 14th year and celebrates the nation’s love for camping and the great outdoors.

The Club is raising money for key partner, Sustrans which is the UK’s leading charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport. To support The Challenge, please click here:

And there are plenty of opportunities to support the Club’s Challenge Team by following them on its social media channels (,, and searching for the hashtag #needfortweed.

Robert Louden MBE, the Club’s Director General, said: “Cycle-camping is a huge part of our heritage so it seemed only fitting that in the ‘Year of the Bike, we really set out to complete a challenge in the memory of our founding member, Thomas Hiram-Holding.

“I know sections of the route are very tough but I’m confident that our team of cycle-campers will be able to complete the course. Cycle-camping is very popular with Club members, it’s a fantastic way to explore the British countryside at an inexpensive cost!”

Sponsors of The Challenge include: Swift, Halfords, Vango, Elddis and Marquis Motorhomes.

If you’re interested in taking on your own cycle-camping challenge, the Club and Sustrans have provided a Tour of Britain resource, which will allow you to plan your trip:

Additionally, if you’d like to watch some of the world’s best cyclist’s ride through the UK for the start of the Tour in July, book a pitch with the Club:

For further information please Contact Us

Notes for Editors

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 113-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 16 Camping in the Forest touring sites.
  2. tells why our members are happier and healthier.
  3. incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.