CCC-LogoThe Camping and Caravanning Club has continued to build excitement around the ‘Year of the Bike’ with the release of new route details for its cycle-camping challenge!

Starting at Wantage in Oxfordshire, which is the site of the Club’s inaugural meeting back in 1901, a team of Camping and Caravanning Club cycle-campers will ride up the country, taking in key points of the Tour route and pitch up at campsites along the way.

The challenge will last for six days from Sunday, 25 May, 2014.

Notable destinations along the first stage of the route will include Dorchester Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, High Wycombe, Chesham, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage.

The riders will finish the first stage at Cambridge Camping and Caravanning Club Site.

Further detailed information on the route and the Club Challenge team can be found on the Club’s new dedicated challenge website: www.clubchallenge2014.co.uk

The Club’s founding member, Thomas Hiram-Holding, was himself a cycle-camper and established a Club that has expanded from just six members in 1901, to more than half a million enthusiastic campers and caravanners over a century later.

All of the riders undertaking ‘The Challenge’ have agreed to wear traditional cycling clothing, like Hiram-Holding himself, throughout the six days.

The cycle-camp challenge will take place during National Camping and Caravanning Week (Monday, 26 May to Sunday, 1 June), which is now into its 14th year and celebrates the nation’s love for camping and the great outdoors.

Television presenter and first female Club President, Julia Bradbury will lead the riders over the finishing line at the Club’s Scarborough National Camping and Caravanning Week hub event campsite on Friday, 30 May.

The Club is raising money for key partner, Sustrans which is the UK’s leading charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport. To support The Challenge, please click here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/campingandcaravanningclubchallenge

And there are plenty of opportunities to support the Club’s Challenge Team by following them on its social media channels (www.facebook.com/thefriendlyclub, www.twitter.com/campandcaravan, www.youtube.com/thefriendlyclub and searching for the hashtag #needfortweed. )

Robert Louden MBE, the Club’s Director General, said: “Cycle-camping is a huge part of our heritage, so it seemed only fitting that in the ‘Year of the Bike’ we really set out to complete a challenge in memory of our founding member, Thomas Hiram-Holding.

“I know sections of the route are really tough, but I’m confident that our team of cycle-campers will be able to pull together and complete the course. Cycle-camping is very popular with Club members, it’s a fantastic way to explore the British countryside at minimal cost!”

Sponsors of The Challenge include: Swift, Halfords, Vango, Elddis, Jaguar Land Rover and Marquis Motorhomes.

If you’re interested in taking on your own cycle-camping challenge, the Club and Sustrans have provided a Tour of Britain resource, which will allow you to plan your trip: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/tours-walks-trails/cycling-tour-britain/

Additionally, if you’d like to watch some of the world’s best cyclist’s ride through the UK for the start of the Tour in July, book a pitch with the Club: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/holiday-ideas/tour-de-france/