Charity ride to be held for Nelson Pratt

15th May 2017, by Abi Butcher

Nelsons Tour de Test Valley is held in memory of pro snowboarder Nelson Pratt

Nelsons Tour de Test Valley is held in memory of pro snowboarder Nelson Pratt

Entries have opened for a cycle event in Hampshire held in memory of Nelson Pratt, a pro snowboarder and keen cyclist who died in 2012.

Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley is a charity cycling sportive in the Test Valley on Saturday 16 September with three routes — 40km, 80km and 160km. Nelson was coach to Olympic snowboarder Jenny Jones, who will be taking part, alongside Aimee Fuller and snowboarder and TV presenter Ed Leigh. Where to Ski and Snowboard’s website editor Abi is also joining the ride.

All proceeds of the non-profit charity ride, whose slogan is “Ride on Nelly” will go directly to CALM — the Campaign Against Living Miserably, an organisation dedicated to preventing male suicide which is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

There will be free mechanical support and free, well-stocked feeding stations along the routes — all of which take in quiet roads with spectacular scenery. The rides are called Chicken Curry (40km), Spag Bol (80km) and The Full Monty (160km) after Nelson’s favourite meals and each cyclist will receive a hot feed at the end — we’ve not had it confirmed but no prizes for guessing what the meals might be.

Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley will begin and finish at the farm belonging to the Pratt family in Grately, near Andover and the 160km route is snowboarder Nelson’s first ever 100-mile route and remained his favourite ride until his untimely death.

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