The Moonlit Cycle is a charity event organised and run for the sole benefit of St Luke’s Hospice by Tom French and Associates.
Back for 2018, this is your chance to join hundreds of road cyclists, riding from sunset through to the moonlit hours, as you take on the 50km or 100km cycle along South East Cornwall’s iconic coast.
Information about the TFA Moonlit CycleSign Up
When: Saturday 2nd June 2018
Where: Torpoint Community College, Cornwall
Join us in support of St Luke’s Hospice in their vision to provide a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. St Luke’s have been caring for thousands of terminally ill patients for over 30 years and fundraising events like this one, enable them to continue with this great work.
Setting off from Torpoint Community College in Cornwall this challenging and unique road cycling event covers either a 50km or 100km course along South East Cornwall’s iconic coastline from sunset and throughout the moonlit hours. You will head across the coastal headland to Dobwalls, Looe and Seaton returning back to Torpoint.
Who is the event for?
The event is ideal for anyone with a bike, a set of lights and the adventurous spirit to head out into the unknown.
The short route caters for cyclists of all abilities and all types of bike with plenty of support around the course and a midway feed station with hot food and drink.
The longer course heads out into the night with periods of being alone in the narrow beam of your lights. With 1664m amount of climbing and another feed-station in Dobwalls it is one for the adventurous cyclist who knows they can confidently cycle 100km but wants that unique night ride experience in a supported environment.
Your registration fee goes towards the cost of organising the event, but it’s the money you raise that is crucial to the work of St Luke’s.RateAdult£2516-17 year old£20
Registration for this event will close when capacity is reached and we cannot therefore guarantee that on the day registration will be available. In the event that it is, entries will be charged at a higher fee. We therefore strongly advise anyone wishing to take part signs up as soon as possible.
What your entry includes
• Fully signed and marshalled route
• Complimentary water and refreshments
• Downloadable route map
• Downloadable route GPX file
• Access to a range of fundraising resources to help you reach your goals
• Medical support
• Mechanical support
• Medal for all finishers
The 50km Route
For those on the shorter route a brief foray inland along the now dark wooded Seaton Valley picking out trees in bike headlights before a feed station at the beach café at Seaton.
The 100km Route
For those on the longer route a challenging ride up the East Looe river to the edge of Bodmin Moor and back down through Looe to Seaton. Both routes follow the coast back towards the bright lights of Plymouth, passing sleeping villages and moonlit (hopefully) fields and cliffs.
Both GPS and TCX files can be downloaded from the ON THE NIGHT SECTION. of the website.
The Start and Finish
Torpoint Community College, Trevol Road, Torpoint, PL11 2NH
Free parking is available from 6pm.
Thanckes Car Park will be available for the night of the event. You will find this on the right hand side of the A374 as you are driving out of Torpoint. The car park entrance is opposite Torpoint Community College.
Limited parking is available at the Torpoint Community College and Torpoint Sports Centre which is available for the event day. A car park attendant will be at the main entrance to the college to assist with parking – PLEASE be patient. We recommend that if at all possible, you car share or get dropped off. Why not extend your ride and travel to and from the event by bike?
The nearest train station is Plymouth and from there you may cycle or take a taxi to the Torpoint Ferry embarkation point (details below).
Torpoint Community College is easily reached via the Torpoint Ferry which departs the Devonport Ferry Terminal on Ferry Road www.tamarcrossings.org.uk .
The latest information on both the Ferry and The Tamar Bridge can be found on www.facebook.com/tamarcrossings.
The ferry will transport you across the water from Plymouth to Torpoint. A short 5 minute bike ride from there and you will have arrived at the start point for this event. There is no charge for pedestrians and cyclists.
Moonlit Cycle village
Refreshments: Refreshments will be available at the start and finish of the event
St Luke’s Hospice Donations: please donate any unwanted clothes to the Hospice. We ask that you bring them along with you on the day, as we can place them in our events vehicle and return to our Distribution Centre.
Bike Cellar: will be on site should you require any equipment on the night before starting your cycle, they will also have a mechanical station based at Seaton Beach Cafe
Bike hire is not available on the night.
Please take care of the environment. Do not drop litter during your challenge. Please use bins where available or give litter to your nearest marshal.
Use your pedal power to help St Luke’s support the terminally ill
St Luke’s Hospice rely on your fundraising to assist them in their work – your registration fee only helps to cover the cost of putting the event on – so please raise what you can, to help St Luke’s continue with their great work.
How to hit your fundraising target
The simplest way to get sponsored is by setting up an online fundraising page.
They are simple to set up and only take a few minutes. You can then easily share a link to this on your page on Facebook, Twitter or other social media and also email it to friends, family and colleagues. We recommend keeping this fundraising page up to date and share your story – why you’re participating in this event. You can share your training or how you’re feeling ahead of your big night on Saturday June 2nd!
We’ve created a team Just Giving Page and you can join this simply by creating your own fund raising page on it. Just go to our Just Giving Page and follow the “Join the team” link.
Online donations are not the only way to fundraise and you can of course use a sponsor form.
Download Sponsor Form
There are lots of ways to fundraise and here are some ideas that might give you some inspiration from St Luke’s Fundraising Team.
Fundraising Tips and Ideas
Donate by phone please
Text MLIT88 followed by £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10 to 70070
Paying in your sponsorship money is easy, by simply using one of the following options:
Our online fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tfaemployeesDrop into Tom French & Associates, Prudence House, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7
If you are sending in combined sponsorship money for more than one person it is important that you let us know the names of those who have raised the money via a covering letter
Training tips for your challenge
- Train with a friend or family member, this will help your body get into a routine
- Give yourself 8-12 weeks before the cycle date. This will ensure that you are fully prepared for the evening
- Have a goal in mind, make a plan and be safe
- Know the rules of the road and stick to them
- Set aside specific times in the week to fit in all your training
- Ensure you have a bike that fits you and is in good working order
- Wear gloves and sensible cycling shoes e.g. trainers or clips
- You must have functional front and rear lights attached to your bike that will last or cover at least 6 hoursKeep yourself hydrated
Once you have registered you can get yourself and your bike ready by remembering to bring the following items with you:
- Cycle helmet: NO HELMET = NO RIDE
- Lights: ENSURE YOU HAVE WORKING (WHITE) FRONT AND (RED) REAR LIGHTS WITH A RESERVE SET OF LIGHTS fixed to your bike at all times for your own safety or NO RIDE
- Spare batteries for your lights
- Cycle Tool Kit: fix punctures or mechanical problems you may experience
- Spare inner tube
- A pump
- Waterproof and an extra layer should the weather be inclement
- Snacks and drinks: make sure you have enough for the ride.
- Mobile phone or some form of communication should you waiver off of the route
You're Moonlit Rider – shout about it!
Signing up to ride either 50km or 100km at night is not an insignificant feat so tell your friends and families about it. Tell them not only what you are doing but why you are doing it. Use your social media to keep them up to date and share your fundraising progress.
Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages and share our posts and tweets to help spread the message.
Not a social media user then please download and print our poster promoting the event and share in your local community or where you work.
Sign up for British Cycling membership
If you’re not already a member then you may wish to consider taking out a British Cycling membership which includes insurance. British Cycling membership brings you many benefits which you can view here.
Friends and Family want to help but not ride?
Events such as these could not happen without the support of our amazing volunteers. If you would like to help or know someone who would like to help either before or on the night of the event then please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook
Venue Opens at: 6pm
Riders challenge start times:
• 50km: 7.00pm
• 100km: 7.00pm
Thank you for entering Moonlit Cycle. Please ensure you arrive at Torpoint Community College 30 minutes before the specified start time. We will endeavour to accommodate latecomers, however you may have to wait until a suitable slot is available. Registration will be open from 6pm.
The Moonlit Cycle is NOT a race, should you wish to record your time we suggest you bring your own method to do so.
If you are cycling in a team please arrive at the start line together and you will be able to start the challenge together. This will not work if you are on a different route.
All riders must be over 16 years of age. Event organisers reserve the right to question the parent/guardian the eligibility of the child taking part. If they do not meet the age requirements in place (16 years and above) you will be asked to leave the event. This is a stipulation set by our insurance company and cannot be wavered.
For safety reasons and if you require assistance there will be roaming marshals, static marshals and support vehicles en-route throughout the event.
Please be aware that you will cycle through villages late at night. We ask that you ride carefully, slowly and considerately through these villages and give way to pedestrians and other road users. Thank you.
If the event is cancelled for any reason, then we will contact you. Bad weather will NOT automatically mean the event is cancelled.
Moonlit Cycle highway code
Tom French & Associates and St Luke’s Hospice take your safety extremely seriously. You and your spectators MUST obey any instructions you are given by the event marshals or event organisers. People failing to do so may be asked to leave the event.
Whilst cycling please respect other users on the roads (drivers, cyclists and walkers) that may or may not be participating in the event.
There must be no more than 2 cyclists abreast of each other whilst cycling on the roads.
Please be aware we do NOT organise any road closures – therefore, remember the rules of the road and please stick to them. Rules can be found by visiting the following link:
Always signal your intentions and check all around you.
You should always follow the guidance given in the Highway Code
The Routes100km TCX 100km GPS 50km TCX 50km GPS
When you arrive and are ready to go the start marshals will position riders in groups of 100 and riders will leave at 2 minute intervals. Listen to any instructions and route information that the event organiser gives you. Once instructed to do so, you can start. Please remember this is a charity event and not a race.
The following GPX and TCX files may be downloaded for loading onto your GPS devices (right click, and save as to download files):