This August, North East Autism Society's annual cycle challenge returns with a European flair, as we head onto the continent for the Twin Town Tour Twenty Twenty Two.

The T6 Challenge, as it's known for short, will see us visit the Twin Towns of places where NEAS has service provisions for autistic and neurodiverse people. These are:

Oberhausen - twinned with Middlesbrough
Mülheim an der Ruhr - twinned with Darlington
Essen - twinned with Sunderland
Wuppertal - twinned with South Tyneside
Mönchengladbach - twinned with North Tyneside

This is a six day challenge. The ferry will depart in the late afternoon on Thursday 25 August, landing in Ijmuden on Friday 26 August with the first day's cycling starting from the port. Two more days will follow, finishing in Amsterdam on Sunday 28 August. Monday 29 August will see a short 20 mile cycle back out to Ijmuden to catch the return ferry in the afternoon, before arriving back in North Shields on the morning of Tuesday 30 August.

The route 

After arriving at the port of Ijmuden, Netherlands, we'll cycle Southeastwards past Amsterdam, through Arnhem and onto our first overnight halt in the German town of Wesel. Day two will see us continue on deeper into Germany before reaching and visiting our twin towns.

Firstly will be a stop in Oberhausen, before heading South to Mülheim an der Ruhr and Eastwards to Essen. From here, a small hill lies between us and Wuppertal, before we head West to Mönchengladbach and circle round to our second overnight halt in Venlo, just over the Netherlands border.

Day three will see us pick up the Rhine River again and follow it Northwest back up to Amsterdam, where our challenge will end. A short afternoon hop will see us head back to Ijmuden on the Monday to catch the ferry back to North Shields.

Estimated Route Distances:

Day 1: North Shields - Ijmuden N/A
Day 2: Ijmuden - Wesel 117 miles
Day 3: Wesel - Venlo 107 miles
Day 4: Venlo - Amsterdam 107 miles
Total Distance 331 miles

For this challenge, we are asking riders to aim to raise £400 in sponsorship for North East Autism Society, to support our lifeline services for autistic people right across the North East. You can create an online fundraising page on JustGiving by clicking here and then "Start fundraising". We also have a sponsorship form for any offline fundraising you may wish to do - please just email us for a copy.

Support the Team

If you would like to support our riders as they take on this challenge in aid of North East Autism Society, you can visit our JustGiving campaign page by clicking here. Here, you'll find the fundraising pages of our riders and be able to read their stories, as well as make donations to individuals or the group as a whole.

Also, why not either share the fact that you are taking part in the T6 Cycle Challenge, or get up to date with the latest progress, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@NEAutismSociety), using the hashtag #T6Cycle

Sponsorship opportunities

We’re offering the opportunity for you to have your company's brand logo on the bespoke jerseys the team will be wearing as they cross the continent. The jerseys will be provided to every participant for the challenge and will feature in the photos and videos taken during the event.

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Thank you to our event sponsors 







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