Tour of Broadmead 3: YMCA Bristol

YMCA Bristol

YMCA Bristol will be one of eight charities benefiting from this year’s Tour of Broadmead, and one of four good causes making their event debut in 2018.

YMCA Bristol

YMCA Bristol believes that every young person in the city should have a safe place to stay. In response to increasing numbers of young people who find themselves without that in Bristol, in January 2018 they opened a new hostel in the city centre called the Bristol Wing. But it’s not your average homeless hostel…

… as well as the single bedrooms available to young people aged 16-25 years old who are homeless or in crisis, they also have a load of commercial backpacking accommodation. That not only pays for their overhead costs (rates, gas bills, cleaning etc) but also means that the homeless young people that go to them don’t feel like they are in a homeless hostel – and so don’t feel stigmatised and do feel pretty normal.

YMCA Bristol

At the hostel, as well as providing a bed for up to twelve weeks, they also provide support to the young people to address any barriers they might be facing to finding long term housing. This is led by their team of Chaplains and can involve work on emotional well being, mental health support, help looking for work, support to navigate the very complicated housing system or work to increase self confidence.

YMCA Bristol

Tour of Broadmead 3

Following successful events in 2016 and 2017, which between them raised over £7,700, the Tour of Broadmead returns for a third edition this summer, running from Saturday 28th July to Saturday 4th August.

Inspired by the Tour of Britain, the event is a static cycle relay. Riders will try to replicate one stage of that Tour each day while raising money for and awareness of their good causes.

Two static bikes, supplied by PureGym Union Gate, will be located outside Marks & Spencer in Broadmead on dry days and inside The Galleries shopping centre should it rain.

The event benefits eight charities and good causes each year and some are returning for the second or third time in 2018. But it will be YMCA Bristol’s debut and their Director, Ben Silvey, says: “YMCA Bristol is a local charity with a long history in the city (going back to 1852!) – and we are grateful for your support to help young people who are really up and against it, and who, without a bed in our hostel, could be sleeping on the street.”

How far will they ride?

YMCA Bristol will be taking part in the Tour of Broadmead on Monday 30th July, attempting to replicate Stage Three of the Tour of Britain.

It’s a very special stage, starting and finishing in Bristol (although, as with all stages of the Tour of Broadmead, our static bikes won’t actually be moving at all!) and with all the ingredients to be a thriller: it’s a short, sharp, out-and-back leg into the North Somerset hills, including the climb of Cheddar Gorge. The total distance is 125km.

The finish atop Clifton Down is fast becoming a Tour of Britain icon: in 2014 Michal Kwiatkowski timed his attack perfectly to take the stage win and move into the race lead. The race’s last visit to the city came in 2016, during which Grand Tour victor Tony Martin and Rohan Dennis claimed wins during a split time trial/road race stage.

How to donate

You will be able to drop money in buckets on the day but can also support YMCA Bristol by making a donation online:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/bathymca/ymcabristol

(Please mention in the comments that you are supporting the Tour of Broadmead)

If you’d like to find out more about the Tour of Broadmead, including details of the other charities taking part, please click HERE.  And if you’d like to find out more about YMCA Bristol and The Bristol Wing please visit ymca.org.uk/location/ymca-bristol