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The Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge 2022

03 Sep 2022

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Around the world, people who were already vulnerable are being pushed further into poverty due to things like Covid-19, the climate crisis, and conflict. Saddle up for an epic ride and raise funds to help bring hope to people living in extreme poverty.

This September, we’re hoping to raise £10,000. This could train 4,650 people in business and life skills, equipping them to lift themselves out of poverty

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Saturday 3 September 2022

The Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge has been getting people on their bikes and enjoying some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery since 2006. The routes have changed a bit over the years but the aim remains the same – to enjoy a fantastic day of cycling on largely traffic-free roads, whilst helping people living in poverty around the world to transform their lives.

This year, the course offers three routes:

  • 34 miles (starting with the big feed at the Drumlanrig Castle)
  • 50 miles (ending with the big feed at the Drumlanrig Castle)
  • 84 miles (Stage 1 and Stage 2) (with the big feed between the two stages)

All routes start and end at the magnificent Drumlanrig castle and take in Scotland’s breathtaking scenery.

This event will be organised in line with ongoing government guidelines in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As ever, there’ll be feed stations en route to keep you going, as well as a celebratory big feed.

The registration fee for this year's cycle is £30 per person which will go towards covering the costs of the cycle.

However, the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge is a fundraising event and we ask every cyclist to consider either:

  • Donating a small amount on top of their entry fee or,
  • To commit to fundraise the suggested amount of £108 per person to really impact your giving and help change lives.

These two options will be optional during the registration stage. If you decide to fundraise £108 for Tearfund, a JustGiving page will be automatically created for you.

All money raised through these two options will help bring hope to people living in extreme poverty. People like Gilbert in Rwanda.

Gilbert holding his bicycle

The power of a bicycle

Gilbert lives in eastern Rwanda. His early years were marked by a difficult living situation involving a lot of violence, causing him to leave when he was only 8 years old.

‘I didn't have anywhere to sleep. I spent seven years in that life. I had to steal food to survive,’ recalls Gilbert.

With a particular interest in choir music, he decided he wanted to visit his local church, which turned out to be one of Tearfund’s partners in the area.

‘I came to the church and was welcomed.’
Gilbert

Gilbert quickly found a home there. ‘The church was like a family,’ he says. ‘They were standing in the gap of the family I could have had.’

Through a self-help group they ran, the church provided Gilbert with both business and life skills which helped turn his life around; someone from the church even gave him a bicycle, which he committed to repaying the cost of within six months. Gilbert received all that he needed to start a small business and so he was able to establish a taxi cooperative and now, thanks to the support of the self-help group, he is a husband and a father, and is able to keep his family fed and safe.

Every £108 raised could train 5 self-help groups of 10 people like Gilbert in business and life skills, equipping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

Sign up to the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge 2022

Join us today

How to register

This year, we are taking sign-ups and payment through the online event platform SI Entries. To register your space for the challenge:

1. Head to SIEntries.co.uk and register your details
2. After you have registered your details, log into your account and search ‘The Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge 2022’ from the Events List. 
3. Once you have found the challenge, please register for the event and we will be in contact with you afterwards and will share more information about the event with you.

If you have any questions about registering for this event, or need any help, please do get in touch with Erica, Tearfund’s Scotland’s Community Fundraising Officer at erica.bankier@tearfund.org and she will be happy to help.

FAQs

  • Yes. The registration fee for this year's cycle is £30 per person which will go towards covering the costs of the cycle.

    Yes. The registration fee for this year's cycle is £30 per person which will go towards covering the costs of the cycle.

  • Yes. The Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge is a fundraising event and every year we aim to raise £10,000. This year we are asking every cyclist to consider either:

    1. Donating a small amount on top of their entry fee or,
    2. To commit to fundraise the suggested amount of £108 per person to really impact your giving and help change lives.

    These two options will be optional during the registration stage. If you decide to fundraise £108 for Tearfund, a JustGiving page will be automatically created for you.

    All money raised through these two options will help bring hope to people living in extreme poverty. The more people who can fundraise on top of the donation they have made, the greater the impact we can have on people living in poverty around the world.

    If you would like more information on how to fundraise, please contact scotland@tearfund.org.

    Yes. The Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge is a fundraising event and every year we aim to raise £10,000. This year we are asking every cyclist to consider either:

    1. Donating a small amount on top of their entry fee or,
    2. To commit to fundraise the suggested amount of £108 per person to really impact your giving and help change lives.

    These two options will be optional during the registration stage. If you decide to fundraise £108 for Tearfund, a JustGiving page will be automatically created for you.

    All money raised through these two options will help bring hope to people living in extreme poverty. The more people who can fundraise on top of the donation they have made, the greater the impact we can have on people living in poverty around the world.

    If you would like more information on how to fundraise, please contact scotland@tearfund.org.

  • If you’re fundraising through JustGiving then you don’t have to do a thing – JustGiving will send Tearfund the money automatically.

    If you’re fundraising through JustGiving then you don’t have to do a thing – JustGiving will send Tearfund the money automatically.

  • In order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 we are currently not supporting paper sponsor forms. Please encourage supporters to donate to your JustGiving page by sending them the link in a text, social media message or email. If this is not possible then please advise supporters to send cheques to Tearfund, stating the event and whom they are supporting.

    via bank transfer: please credit Tearfund, Account no 53803058, Sort Code 20-00-00. Once you’ve paid in your donation, please email scotland@tearfund.org to let us know the amount you’ve paid in. Title your email ‘Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge 2022’ and include your Tearfund supporter number, if possible.

    via cheque: please make cheques payable to Tearfund. If you’ve collected cash, please bank it and send us a cheque along with a note stating that you completed the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge, addressed to: Tearfund, Suite 529-534 Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington St, Glasgow G2 6HJ

    In order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 we are currently not supporting paper sponsor forms. Please encourage supporters to donate to your JustGiving page by sending them the link in a text, social media message or email. If this is not possible then please advise supporters to send cheques to Tearfund, stating the event and whom they are supporting.

    via bank transfer: please credit Tearfund, Account no 53803058, Sort Code 20-00-00. Once you’ve paid in your donation, please email scotland@tearfund.org to let us know the amount you’ve paid in. Title your email ‘Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge 2022’ and include your Tearfund supporter number, if possible.

    via cheque: please make cheques payable to Tearfund. If you’ve collected cash, please bank it and send us a cheque along with a note stating that you completed the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge, addressed to: Tearfund, Suite 529-534 Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington St, Glasgow G2 6HJ

  • Around the world, people who were already vulnerable are being pushed further into poverty through threats like the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and conflict. Every penny raised through the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge will go towards bringing help and hope to people living in extreme poverty around the world.

    Around the world, people who were already vulnerable are being pushed further into poverty through threats like the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and conflict. Every penny raised through the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge will go towards bringing help and hope to people living in extreme poverty around the world.

  • Absolutely. Simply visit www.tearfund.org/fundraise and click on ‘Start Fundraising’ to join Team Tearfund. Then select ‘Cycling’. Drop us an email or reply to the welcome email you will receive to let us know what inspired you.

    Absolutely. Simply visit www.tearfund.org/fundraise and click on ‘Start Fundraising’ to join Team Tearfund. Then select ‘Cycling’. Drop us an email or reply to the welcome email you will receive to let us know what inspired you.

  • The event is based in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle, near Cargenbridge.  Drumlanrig is a large stately home and country park, and is well signposted from the M74 (J14 southbound) and A702 at Abington and Elvanfoot. The castle is situated just off the A76, north of Thornhill.

    From the south: Head for Dumfries, travelling around the bypass to the A76. Drumlanrig is 17 miles north of Dumfries.

    From the north: Leave the motorway at Elvanfoot and take the A702 Dalveen Pass road to the A76.

    Postcode for sat navs is DG3 4AQ.

    The event is based in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle, near Cargenbridge.  Drumlanrig is a large stately home and country park, and is well signposted from the M74 (J14 southbound) and A702 at Abington and Elvanfoot. The castle is situated just off the A76, north of Thornhill.

    From the south: Head for Dumfries, travelling around the bypass to the A76. Drumlanrig is 17 miles north of Dumfries.

    From the north: Leave the motorway at Elvanfoot and take the A702 Dalveen Pass road to the A76.

    Postcode for sat navs is DG3 4AQ.

  • Yes. The cycle is available to 14–17 year olds who have parental consent and will be accompanied (on the same route) by the parent/guardian.

    To register for this event, the parent/guardian must first register their own place and then, as part of their registration, add their child under “Add New Entry” on the SI Entries registration form.

    Under 18s should bring ID to prove their age and be aware that a parent/guardian will have to complete consent paperwork during registration.

    Yes. The cycle is available to 14–17 year olds who have parental consent and will be accompanied (on the same route) by the parent/guardian.

    To register for this event, the parent/guardian must first register their own place and then, as part of their registration, add their child under “Add New Entry” on the SI Entries registration form.

    Under 18s should bring ID to prove their age and be aware that a parent/guardian will have to complete consent paperwork during registration.

  • Yes – the more the merrier! We’d love you to involve your friends and family. Each member of your team must sign up as an individual participant to the challenge.

    Sign up by visiting www.tearfund.org/drumlanrig2022 and you can sign up as an individual or a team.

    Yes – the more the merrier! We’d love you to involve your friends and family. Each member of your team must sign up as an individual participant to the challenge.

    Sign up by visiting www.tearfund.org/drumlanrig2022 and you can sign up as an individual or a team.

  • We recommend using a road bike, but the road quality is such that you should be easily able to complete the route on a hybrid bike. It is essential that you have the basic tools and inner tube replacements to do basic repairs on your own bike.

    We recommend using a road bike, but the road quality is such that you should be easily able to complete the route on a hybrid bike. It is essential that you have the basic tools and inner tube replacements to do basic repairs on your own bike.

  • The use of triathlon handlebars is discouraged in such events. However, where riders do have them fitted they are not to be used when riding in a group.

    The use of triathlon handlebars is discouraged in such events. However, where riders do have them fitted they are not to be used when riding in a group.

  • Yes, there are plenty of car park spaces available for all day parking as required. When you arrive at the main entrance of Drumlanrig castle, the pay kiosk may be in operation. If so, let staff know that you are in the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge and head down to the left of the main house. You’ll find dedicated car parks for the event. Please do not park in the public car parks.

    Yes, there are plenty of car park spaces available for all day parking as required. When you arrive at the main entrance of Drumlanrig castle, the pay kiosk may be in operation. If so, let staff know that you are in the Drumlanrig Cycle Challenge and head down to the left of the main house. You’ll find dedicated car parks for the event. Please do not park in the public car parks.

  • Yes. Click here to view the routes for the 50 mile and the 34 mile ride. The 84 mile ride consists of both the 50 mile and 34 mile routes. The routes will be clearly marked and we will also be handing out paper copies of the route on the day. Marshals will be in attendance, where required.

    Yes. Click here to view the routes for the 50 mile and the 34 mile ride. The 84 mile ride consists of both the 50 mile and 34 mile routes. The routes will be clearly marked and we will also be handing out paper copies of the route on the day. Marshals will be in attendance, where required.

  • Volunteers operate a manual timing system at the event. This is accurate and reliable provided you stop at the finish point and make sure the stewards have your number. Please be aware that if you ride by at speed or in a group you may not get a time. This challenge is not a race and there is no minimum speed for cyclists. Please be considerate and bear in mind that all levels of cyclists may be participating.

    Volunteers operate a manual timing system at the event. This is accurate and reliable provided you stop at the finish point and make sure the stewards have your number. Please be aware that if you ride by at speed or in a group you may not get a time. This challenge is not a race and there is no minimum speed for cyclists. Please be considerate and bear in mind that all levels of cyclists may be participating.

  • Our feed stations are a much-loved feature of the event and are positioned along the route to keep you going! However, we cannot guarantee supplies will be available at all times and therefore urge riders to carry enough food and drink with them. Please also be mindful of those following behind!

    Our feed stations are a much-loved feature of the event and are positioned along the route to keep you going! However, we cannot guarantee supplies will be available at all times and therefore urge riders to carry enough food and drink with them. Please also be mindful of those following behind!

  • A lot of the Drumlanrig route is on some very minor, very lightly used roads. This is part of the attraction, but it does mean that they are low maintenance priority and can be very rough. Please be aware and take care.

    A lot of the Drumlanrig route is on some very minor, very lightly used roads. This is part of the attraction, but it does mean that they are low maintenance priority and can be very rough. Please be aware and take care.

  • If we haven’t managed to answer your question here, then feel free to contact us at scotland@tearfund.org or by calling 0141 332 3621.

    If we haven’t managed to answer your question here, then feel free to contact us at scotland@tearfund.org or by calling 0141 332 3621.

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Need help with your fundraising?

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please email scotland@tearfund.org or contact our lovely Supporter Enquiries team on 020 3906 3906.

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