The Big Mountain Challenge was created by Thames Hospice Ambassador, Jason Bevan, run together with Annecy-based event manager Helen Moore and the Thames Hospice team. Jason wanted to create a top road cycling event in the heart of the French Alps for cyclists that combined stunning scenery, iconic Tour De France cycling routes and the chance for amateur cyclists to be treated like the pros and ride alongside them!
Participants choose between three routes: riding the equivalent height of The Matterhorn, Mt. Kilimanjaro, or Mt. Everest, offering a range of challenges to suit a wide variety of cycling abilities and speeds. All three routes offer unrivalled alpine scenery and views and the same top quality support.
With the help of fantastic sponsors including Mavic, Chain Reaction Cycles, High 5 Nutrition, Vitus cycles and Mountain Drop offs logistics; 2019 participants raised over £110,000: an absolutely phenomenal amount for a Thames Hospice fundraising event. The event also scored a 100% satisfaction rate from all participants. Our sponsors also supply specialist mechanical and rider support vehicles with all BMC groups, to ensure the best possible cycling experience.
Due to the strong success of the 2019 event, Thames Hospice is now taking bookings for our Big Mountain Challenge in 2020. We’re delighted to invite you to join us on this friendly, exciting and challenging adventure in the glorious French Alps by Lake Annecy. Individuals, partners, cycling groups and corporate teams are all invited to join us as we hit the roads once more for Big Mountain Challenge 2020.
About our organisers: when not cycling, Jason works for a major film studio and has been a passionate lifelong supporter of TH with a close personal connection; The Paul Bevan Centre at the Hospice is named after Jason’s father. Helen is an experienced event manager and has run a number of sporting events the Alps. Helen held a full time events role at adidas and is also a qualified personal trainer. Helen can be found after rides giving popular warm down classes overlooking the lake.