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UYBC Bikes for Boats

Cycling the length of the country so our Women's squad can compete at the level they deserve

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This project received pledges on Wed 30 Sep 2015

This September, a group of UYBC athletes will be cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for a new Women's Boat. The club aims to raise £6000 towards buying the boat, which will allow the women's squad to perform at a higher level. Additionally it will increase the number of Novice rowers we can teach, meaning more students can get into the sport!

who are uybc?

The University of York Boat Club (UYBC) is the largest sports club at UoY with more than 200 members, over half of whom are women. Our Women's squads regularly compete at large regional and national events, including the world famous Henley Women's Regatta. Our Alumni have gone on to represent their country with current members on their way to doing the same. We also have a booming Novice programme putting over 100 new people, both students and staff, in boats every year.


Our story

Our senior squads train on the water an average of 7 times a week, and our boats are feeling the strain. We do as much maintenance as possible but realistically if we want to keep up on raceday, we need the equipment! Our overall target is £20,000 towards which we have already raised some money through a 24 hour rowathon, and through winning the Mars Milk Play Fund competition, but we still have a long way to go! This brings us onto the bikes...


The details

We plan to ride roughly 1500km from Land's End in Cornwall to John O'Groats in Scotland over 12 days, sometimes spending 8+ hours a day in the saddle (ouch!). It's going to challenge us both physically and mentally, but it will be great training to get us pumped and ready for another year on the river!

YorkSport Cycling have kindly offered to help us with our preparations, with everything from use of their awesome facilities, to personal coaching and training programmes, to bike maintenance for the inevitable bike malfunctions that may occur! 

Full details of our route can be found here.

How you can help

Of course, the aim of this page is to generate pledges, so any donation would be greatly appreciated, large or small! Thank you!

Of course, there are other ways you can help too!

  • Spread the word - Share this page on all social media, tell your friends, tell their friends, get everyone involved!
  • Come and cheer - On those long days a friendly face and voice would be uplifting; if we're coming through somewhere near you (we probably are if you're a British resident) then come down and show your support!
  • Get on your bike! - If you have a bike, we'd be happy for you to join us for a stage local to you! Maybe you could even get some sponsors of your own!

Get in touch

If you have any thoughts or ideas that you think could help our project, don't hesitate to contact one of our Development Officers:
Tom Calvert - tc795@york.ac.uk
Ica Foglia - cef520@york.ac.uk
Will Fuller - waf501@york.ac.uk

You can also find us through social media:

www.uybc.org.uk

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Pledge £1 or more

Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.

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A thank you email brimming with rowing love and news. We are putting together a newsletter for the year full of pictures, boat club stories and more!

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2015

Pledge £10 or more

A thank you tweet and email full of boat club news. Show the world how much you love UYBC and encourage others to donate. #UYBCbikes4boats

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A beautiful photograph of the riders taken when they cross the finish line in John O'Groats! You will also receive a thank you tweet and an email full of boat club news.

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Pledge £30 or more

Access to an exclusive download of the film highlighting the grueling 1,500 km from start to finish. You will also receive a photograph of the riders, a thank you tweet and an email full of boat club news.

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2015

Pledge £50 or more

All of the above and a limited edition York Rowing T-shirt. As anyone in the club will tell you these t-shirts have become the most sought after fashion accessory on campus! Whether you want to own a piece of history or simply want the perfect gym wear this t-shirt is a must have! You will also receive a highlight film, a thank you tweet and an email full of boat club news.

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2015

Pledge £100 or more

An invitation to attend our highly anticipated sell-out Colour Fest 2015 as our honourary guest. Join us for a festival to remember during Fresher's Week. One not to be missed. You will also receive a York Rowing T-shirt, a highlights film, a thank you tweet and an email full of boat club news.

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2015

Pledge £250 or more

A personalised thank you film from our riders as they cross the finish line in John O'Groats as well as a digital photo signed by all of the riders. You will also receive a limited edition York Rowing T-shirt, a Colour Festival ticket, a thank you tweet and an email full of boat club news.

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Estimated delivery: 1 October 2015

Pledge £500 or more

An invitation to attend our historic Spring Ball as our honorary guest. You will be treated to an evening of exquisite entertainment at a venue fit for a king. You will also receive a limited edition York Rowing T-shirt, a Colour Festival ticket and a personalised thank you film! The reward does not include travel and lodging.

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Pledge £1000 or more

You will be given the incredible honour of having a boat named after you. If you would like to choose an alternative name that is also possible. Have your name splashed across the newspapers as your namesake's bow inches over the line first! You will be guest of honour at our boat naming ceremony in the next academic year. You will also receive an honourary invitation to our Spring Ball, York Rowing T-shirt and a personalised thank you film!

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