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Diabetes UK asks Northern Ireland to get on their bikes for cycling challenge this spring

People from Northern Ireland are being asked to saddle up for a cycling challenge that will raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this spring.

The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout the 30 days of April. It is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear, while raising money to help Diabetes UK fund life-saving research and make sure everyone living with the condition gets the care and support they need.

There are four, virtual coast-to-coast cycling challenges with different distances to pick from, or you can even pick your own target. The set distances range from 150 miles through to 950 miles for more experienced cyclists, and you have the entire month of April to reach your chosen target. The aim is to challenge yourself, at your own pace, and pedal towards a stronger, healthier you.

Tina McCrossan, National Director at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said:

“Cycling is a brilliant way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. Spring is on the way and, with the lighter evenings and warmer weather arriving soon, this challenge comes at the perfect time for anyone looking to saddle up and give it a try.

“So, whether you’re a weekend warrior, you take it a mile at a time, or you like to feel the burn on the spin bike, choose a distance that suits you then complete it however and wherever you want. Your support can change lives.”

You can cycle the miles however you wish, by embracing the outdoors, staying home and using an exercise bike or a mix of the two.

The ‘coast-to-coast’ distances to choose from are:

  • 150 miles: Seascale to Whitby (five miles a day)
  • 220 miles: Margate to Weston-Super-Mare (about seven miles a day)
  • 500 miles: North Coast of Scotland route (about 17 miles a day)
  • 950 miles: Land's End to John O'Groats (about 32 miles a day)
  • Or you can select your own miles and distance to cycle,

Those taking on the cycling challenge will get their own fundraising profile page. From there, you can connect to our UK-wide Strava challenge, or you can track your progress manually if you prefer. You will be able to join a Facebook group where event ambassadors and challengers discuss their progress and share tips. There are fundraising incentives too, with anyone raising £35 or more receiving a medal. Diabetes UK-branded caps and cycling jerseys will go to anyone raising £150 and £300 respectively.

There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.

Register for the UK Wide Cycle Ride now

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