Cycle to Syracuse
The Lockerbie Memorial Tour 2018

Cycle to Syracuse will see 5 cyclists cycle a continuous journey from Lockerbie Academy to Syracuse University, New York. A total distance of 3238 miles.


Cycle to Syracuse

On 21 December 1988, 259 passengers and crew aboard Pan Am 103, set off from London Heathrow, but did not reach their destination. Instead, a terrorist bomb caused the aircraft to explode in the sky above Lockerbie, killing all on board, plus a further 11 residents in the town, when large sections of the plane crashed to the ground.

The entire town and its surrounding communities were deeply affected. Thousands of emergency workers, from the town, the region, across Scotland and throughout the United Kingdom responded.

Cycle to Syracuse is a community initiative, instigated by the people and services in Lockerbie, to remember all those lost, honour the response of the community and emergency services and to show support for all who suffered in the times that followed.

To mark the 30th anniversary, four emergency service cyclists and the Head Teacher of Lockerbie Academy will complete the journey that was never finished. They will be supported along the way by local schools in the Lockerbie area, local cyclists on the way to Edinburgh Castle, and by numerous international friends as they complete the 3,238 miles to Syracuse University.

Donate to Soul Soup

Cycle to Syracuse will take place in three distinct stages.

Stage One – Lockerbie AcademyPUPIL POWER

The journey begins with the local pupils of Lockerbie Academy and the surrounding primary schools. They will ride exercise bikes or their own bikes at their local school, throughout dates in September and October 2018, culminating in a final event at Lockerbie Academy on Wednesday 10th October.

Stage TwoLOCKERBIE TO EDINBURGH

The pupils hand over to the adults and to the local community for the next stage of the journey. A public road 70 mile cycle ride from the memorial cairn at Lockerbie Academy to Edinburgh Castle will take place on Saturday 13th October 2018. The core team of five local cyclists (See the ABOUT US section), will be joined by cyclists from Lockerbie and the emergency services in a once-in-a-lifetime ride into the heart of Scotland’s Capital and its iconic landmark castle.

Full details of this section of this event can be viewed here - Lockerbie to Edinburgh

Stage Three – SU600: WASHINGTON DC TO SYRACUSE

The final stage of the challenge will see the team of five cyclists from Lockerbie will fly to Arlington Cemetery, Washington DC and cycle nearly 600 miles, through Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York across seven days, to arrive in time for the annual Remembrance Convocation, held at Syracuse University to honour the 35 students from the institution who were killed in 1988.
Memorial
Each stage of Cycle to Syracuse, and each day of the third stage, will be dedicated to the memory of various people or groups affected by Pan Am 103. You can read more about the events surrounding the
Syracuse Memorial on their website.

Good causes
In addition, the team are raising funds and awareness for Soul Soup. The team believe vital mental health counselling services are needed and Soul Soup provide mental health support to 12-25 year olds to reduce risk of suicide in young people. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and improved School Counselling Services are two areas that Cycle to Syracuse aims to highlight and support throughout the event.

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Support the team and purchase a ustom-designed ‘Cycle to Syracuse’ commemorative cycling shirt. These shirts have been designed by the team at Endura sport specifically for us.

Cycle to Syracuse Cycling Shirt - £42.00

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