Transaid launches UK Cycle Challenge: Newcastle to Edinburgh

Transaid is calling upon the transport and logistics sector to sign up for our latest cycle challenge, set to take place between 19 – 22 September 2024. The 159-mile ride, over two days in the saddle, will begin in Newcastle and finish in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle.

The first day’s ride will see cyclists set off in the early hours from the Tyne Estuary and pedal 89 miles along mostly coastal paths and quiet roads, taking in Whitley Bay, Blyth, Northumberland National Park, and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The day will wrap up in the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, just a stone’s throw from the Scottish border.

Day two adds a further 70 miles of riding on mostly country lanes and coastal roads, entering the Tweed valley, climbing Priestlaw Hill and crossing over to Midlothian, before the triumphant arrival at Edinburgh Castle.

Announcing the ride, Caroline Barber, Chief Executive of Transaid, says: “We know how popular our UK-based cycle challenges have been in recent years, and we wanted to tackle a part of the country we hadn’t ridden before.

“Our shorter two-day rides are an excellent way for people to set a fitness goal for the year, and to get a taste for what a Transaid cycle challenge is all about. They always create a beautiful camaraderie between riders and raise essential unrestricted funds for our road safety and access to health projects.”

Last year’s challenge saw 40 riders cycling from London to Paris, raising more than £65,000. This year, Transaid is also running a Cycle Kenya challenge over six days and 295 miles, taking place in October.

Entries for Newcastle to Edinburgh are encouraged from both teams and individuals. The registration fee is £139 per person and participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,400 to take part. The costs include accommodation with meals, vehicle and ride support, luggage transfer, route guidance and a return transfer to Tynemouth, which has been sponsored by Stanley Travel.

To sign up for the event or find more information, please contact Anna Giavedoni, Events Officer for Transaid on or +44 (0)7310 909580.