8th – 10th June 2018
This route was planned by Nicole Mann and her friend Vanessa in spring 2016. Nicole was poorly with a bad cough/chest infection and so frustrated that she could not get out on her bike. They decided to plan the ride to cheer Nicole up and she was looking forward to doing it when she had recovered.
Sadly this did not happen as in October 2016 Nicole was devastated to learn that the cough/chest infection was actually stage 4 lung cancer which very quickly affected her mobility and speech. She was never able to ride her bike again and died in 2017, exactly one year after the diagnosis.
A group of us decided to do this ride in memory of Nicole and to experience the route as she planned it. Nicole’s partner Andrew will be riding the route on Nicole’s Dawes Galaxy – a bike she loved touring on.
We have planned this tour over 3 nights so those of us who cannot ride up hills like Nicole will still be able to enjoy the ride and we can take a relaxed pace on the tour. We will be stopping to admire the views and reminding ourselves of how much Nicole would have loved the opportunity to cycle again on the “highest road in England” or to get up several of the Top 100 hills to add to her collection! It will be a fun ride to remember Nicole and to raise money for the charities involved in her care.
We welcome anyone who would like to make this tribute to Nicole to join us on this tour, however the limited number of bed spaces probably means a maximum of about 15-20 people on the tour. So if you would like to come, please book your own accommodation as soon as possible. You will find suggestions in our information sheet:
Some people are doing this ride on other dates and that is great. There is no limit to the number of tribute tours that go out this year – who knows this route may become so popular it becomes a regular route for touring cyclists – and Nicole would have loved that thought!
If you wish to donate to our fundraiser for this event please go to our Virgin Giving page: