Major charity bike ride is coming to Coventry  - The Coventry Observer

Major charity bike ride is coming to Coventry 

Holly Clement 11th Jul, 2024   0

CYCLIST are gearing up for a major charity bike ride that is set to start and finish in Coventry.

The Starley Sportive, now in its 11th year, will take place on September 22, and will once again raise funds for Zoe’s Place, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes.

Over the years, cyclists have raised £67,000 for various charities, this years aim is to surpass £70,000 and is set to attract around 300 riders.

Riders can pick from three different routes, measuring 29, 63, and 87 miles – the longest circuit will take in Dover’s Hill in Gloucestershire which has featured six times in the British Hill Climb Championship.

The routes will start and finish at George House in Canley, headquarters of the Deeley Group which organises the event as well as Coventry Road Club.

Edward Hudson, business development manager at Deeley Group, said: “The Starley Sportive has grown into one of the most popular dates on the cycling calendar in Coventry and Warwickshire.




“We hope hundreds of people will turn out once again to support the event; staying fit and healthy and supporting some incredibly worthy causes at the same time.

“Riders of all abilities will be able to choose from different routes that celebrate some of the stunning scenery that we have on our doorstep. We look forward to seeing everyone on the start line.”


Local musicians will be playing on a stage at George House after finishing the crossing line.

The money Zoe’s Place received from last year’s event helped the charity run its Coventry hospice for a full day.

Ash Green hospice receives only 15 per cent of the money it needs to run each year, leaving it with a £1.2million shortfall.

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