4 Charity events for you to take part in this year.
Giving back and doing your bit for charity is and will always be a rewarding experience, whether you choose to donate, volunteer, or raise money by yourself, there are plenty of ways to get stuck in and do your bit, and with cyclings ever-increasing popularity, charity bike rides are becoming more and more common. No matter your ability or cycling experience, there is a ride suited to everyone and we’ve put together a list of just some of the rides that you could participate in this year.
This challenge only has one rule, participants must complete at least 100 miles in less than 100 days. The rest is up to you, as with this challenge, you decide how you complete those 100 miles. You can walk, cycle, run, or even swim, as long as you meet the goal it doesn’t matter. Participants can sign up for a solo challenge or create a team made up of friends, family, or colleagues, and everyone who completes 100 miles will receive a Challenge 100 medal, and once you’ve raised your first £25 the team will send you a Challenge 100 t‑shirt.
The event runs from the 1st of January to the 10th of April, registration which can be done here, costs £5 per person, and those under 18 can enter for free. Once registered, a sponsorship page will be created for you to personalise and share with everyone you know. 1 in 100 people in the UK live with epilepsy, and a third of those have seizures that cannot be controlled by medication. Your support will help Epilepsy Society to continue to transform the lives of people living with epilepsy through advocacy, research, and care.
2. RideLondon – Essex 100
After two years away, the world’s greatest festival of cycling returns in 2022 with an exciting new format. Join thousands of other cyclists discovering this brand new route through the glorious Essex countryside. On 29th May 2022, to the delight of thousands of cyclists all over the country, RideLondon returns with a revamped format. Starting on Victoria Embankment, the new route, weaves its way through the rich countryside of Essex before finishing at Tower Bridge.
Established in 2013 as a legacy event from the London 2012 Olympics, RideLondon has grown to feature 100,000 riders of all ages and abilities. Join others as you enjoy 100 miles of traffic-free road, participants must apply to a charity to secure one of their guaranteed places in the event, which can be done here.
“Great event, raises so much money for charity and encourages more people to take up cycling.” Hannah Kearns
3. Nightrider London
Passing by over 50 of London’s famous landmarks, Nightrider is a popular and unique way to explore the capital at night. Two routes are available for the event, a 100km and a 50km ride. Both of which are circular and start and finish in the same place, Lee Valley VeloPark. The 50km route will be an inner loop of the 100km route. The route is fully signposted throughout meaning you can cycle at your own pace, and as the event takes place on the 11th of June, hopefully, any cold and poor weather will be avoided.
Many UK charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Mental Health UK, can offer you guaranteed entry into this event in return for raising funds, sign up can be done here. Highlights of the route include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where you will commence your journey, Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.
4. London to Brighton Bike Ride
Swap the bright lights of the city for the beautiful beachfront. Take on Europe’s oldest charity bike ride, cycling from the iconic sights of London to the traditional seafront of Brighton. Following 54 miles of well-signed route, this welcoming point-to-point ride is perfect to tackle solo or as a team. Participants must again apply to a charity to secure one of their guaranteed places in the event which can be done here.
Commencing from Clapham Common at 9 am on Sunday 19th June, participants will enjoy a diverse and enthralling route, packed with beautiful sights cutting through the Sussex countryside.
“This was my first ever bike ride event and I couldn’t have picked a better one; everyone was so friendly and supportive on the day and the beach village really was the icing on the cake…a place to celebrate the epic challenge I just took on! I can’t wait to take part in the event again!” Lee, L2B Cyclist