Tour de Shakespeare Virtual Cycle Challenge

01 May 2021



Yes, Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears… we have created something completely different with our Tour de Shakespeare Ride. Our 6,657 mile route will take you  on an interactive journey from The Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon via Scotland, Denmark, Italy and more, visiting many of the countries where Shakespeare’s plays were set.

While we are sad to cancel our traditional Great Shakespeare Ride event, we hope you will share our excitement at our exclusive, virtual newcomer that is guaranteed to get you reaching for your bike.

The great thing about our virtual Tour de Shakespeare Challenge is that you can achieve those miles in your own time, whatever distance you choose, whether that’s cycling outdoors or pedalling your way to your target on your exercise bike indoors - yes, you could even cycle whilst watching your favourite movie!

Whether riding through the countryside, pushing yourself to the limit up that dreaded hill or tackling the flat terrain on your exercise bike... 'Every Mile Counts' and you are helping to raise awareness about our hospice and amazing nurses.


  • Register as an individual or team.

  • Your fundraising page is automatically created which you can personalise and update with your own information and images.

  • Each time you go for a cycle, log your miles to your page. There are 2 ways to do this either by connecting your Strava account and activity is automatically updated or manually upload. Useful links on how to do this will be included in your registration confirmation email.

  • Each time you log your distance, you advance along the route and you can keep track of yours or your teams progress on the web-based interactive map and leaderboard. To view the Tour de Shakespeare event page and leader board click here

  • Your personal fundraising page map displays key milestones and each time you reach one of these we’ll send you an email congratulating you and revealing the Shakespearian play that was set there.

  • Cycle as a team and combine the mileage to reach the target. The more people you invite to your team, the easier those miles will accumulate - there is no limit to the size of your team and participants can join at any time. For more information on how to register your team, please download our guide below.

  • Team fundraising pages have been designed to create healthy competition.

For more information on how you can take part, how the interactive maps work, the route and milestones, please click on our guide below.

You can also download our handy log sheet to print off or join Shakespeare at the start and register today!

**Please note: Please accept our apologies if you should encounter a problem registering with Safari browser at this moment. We recommend using an alternative browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft edge until our system provider has resolved any issues**


To see the event terms and conditions, please click here

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR                         

We are able to bring this new addition to our Great Shakespeare Ride series to you, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors A-Plan Insurance. A-Plan recently set up a new office in Stratford-upon-Avon in Guild Street and provide car, home, van and a range of other insurance services.


Branch manager Paul Aslett told us, 'Supporting the community has always been at the heart of what we do here at A-Plan Insurance. The Shakespeare Hospice is a charity that provides support for individuals and families at an extremely challenging time but helps to shine a light when it’s needed most. By supporting the excellent work that everyone does at the hospice now, the team and I hope that it provides some assistance for the staff and everyone in need of care and support in the future.'


As an additional gesture, if you take out a new car, home or van insurance policy with A-Plan Stratford then this will trigger a £10 donation to The Shakespeare Hospice. Simply mention the charity when calling the branch on 01789 339825 or click here to visit their website for more information 


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