Tesco Bank’s fourth 4 Abbey’s Challenge, designed and managed by Maximillion, will take place on the 7th June 2014 in the Scottish Borders for 150 employees and, for the first time, 150 or more members of the public.
This annual sportive features three routes –a 45km passing two of the four Abbey’s and the full 92km route taking the four Abbey’s of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh. In addition, there’s a challenging 10km one Abbey route hiking over the Eildon Hills in Melrose.
The event is hosted from the iconic Melrose RFC, home of the international Melrose Rugby Sevens tournament, and is open to novice cyclists looking for a challenge or serious bike fanatics aiming for another sportive to add to their tally.
Adele Mills, community investment manager of Tesco Bank said: “Through colleague participation, the Tesco Bank 4 Abbeys Challenge has steadily grown over the past three years and we are delighted to open it to the public as a sportive this year. We strive to use our scale for good and that means providing opportunities to promote health and wellbeing supporting local charities and good causes in the areas where we operate. The charities the event supports are selected by our colleagues, so it really means something quite personal. Over the years we have received a number of requests to open the Challenge to the general public, so that’s what we’re doing. The Scottish Borders is a stunning and challenging place to hike and cycle and we’re sure with a well organised event this can be a sportive that becomes a big part of our calendar”
John Strachan, Managing Director of Maximillion said: “Maximillion designed and managed the 4 Abbeys Challenge in 2011 and are looking forward to this fourth year when it is opened up to the public to enjoy. At 92km, it might not be the longest cycle challenge in the UK but with more than 4000ft of ascent – the equivalent of cycling up Ben Nevis – it’s certainly the hilliest.”
The aim of the event is to raise sponsorship for three nominated children’s charities which will be announced on the 3rd March when registrations to the event will also open.