£200 voucher up for grabs plus which rides do you plan on doing next year? (Finished)

In the spirit of the holiday season we felt like holding a fun cycling-related giveaway and thanks to Groupon we have a £200 voucher up for grabs for one lucky London Cyclist reader. Groupon is a fast growing daily deal website that offers significant savings on a wide range of products and services. You can find deals on almost everything from leisure sports to restaurants to domestic and international travel. Groupon also has got a ton of cool gift ideas for this time of the year so the timing of the voucher is perfect!

Our usual competition rules apply. The only thing that’s different is I’ll be testing Punchtab to run the competition. I’ve been playing around with it and it seems to be a good way of letting people enter in any way they prefer. To enter simply follow the instructions below:


(Note: If you are reading this in your RSS feed you’ll need to visit the site to see the entry form!)

Also – thank god it’s Friday! And for this weeks “Comment Friday” I’d like to open up the comments to which rides you are dreaming of completing next year. I’ll start things off:

  • Dunwich Dynamo – I’ve had a years absence from this and I can’t wait to ride it again.
  • Tweed Run – I’ve never been along to one of these jolly good rides and I’ve got a feeling I’m missing out.
  • Another big ride abroad – this year I followed the River Rhine. In 2012, I’d like to do a similar trip.

For more inspiration on great rides see our post on 10 events you shouldn’t miss out on. Last entry for the competition will be on Thursday, December 15th at 10pm. I’ll announce the winner shortly after on this blog post.

Out of 136 entries we’ve randomly selected Liz Almond (number 26). Congratulations to Liz and thanks to everyone for taking part! I’ve emailed Liz and if I don’t receive a reply in a reasonable time then we’ll be pulling out another random number.

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38 Responses to £200 voucher up for grabs plus which rides do you plan on doing next year? (Finished)

  1. Peter 09/12/2011 at 9:52 am #

    Dunwich Dynamo
    Critical Mass
    World Naked Bike Ride
    anything Bikeminded

    • Andreas 09/12/2011 at 9:55 am #

      I did the naked ride last year – so much fun and so surreal to be pedalling naked past big ben!

  2. Coallers 09/12/2011 at 10:35 am #

    Possibly doing a charity ride taking in company offices – London, Oxford and Edinburgh. We also have a Jersey office – not sure how we’re going to include that one.

  3. Peter Cowan 09/12/2011 at 10:37 am #

    Starting with my newly restored 1960 Pat Hanlon I’ll be doing the Hereford V-CC Anniversary Run in January, then throughout the year I’ll be building up to doing the London to Paris Ride for Macmillan Cancer Care in August. But on my beautiful celeste green C2C Bianchi!

  4. Nick 09/12/2011 at 10:42 am #

    I’ll be hitting the Dunwich Dynamo again – last year was my first time, and it was brilliant.

    London-Brighton’s also on the cards, hopefully with a 6am start to beat the crowds…

    And I’ll be riding from London to Paris with a few mates in May too.

    I’d love to ride from London to Berlin, but can’t find anyone willing to saddle up for the long haul. Shame.

    • Andreas 09/12/2011 at 10:44 am #

      You say 6am now but on the day you’ll hit the alarm clock and sleep in! (Or maybe that’s just me!)

      • Nick 09/12/2011 at 11:03 am #

        Managed to get up for it last year – it’s quite odd riding through London with only other Lycra-clad champions for company!

  5. Jess 09/12/2011 at 10:56 am #

    Friend and I tandeming from John O’Groates to Land’s End. Hoping to do it in about 2 weeks or so… Was thinking of maybe using web to try and find local cyclists to meet up with/recommend best way to go from A to B in their area.
    Haven’t signed up for any organised rides yet, I saw the naked bike ride last year – surreal. def considering it!

    • Andreas 09/12/2011 at 1:04 pm #

      Wow – this sounds awesome – let me know when you guys are close to getting started – would love to do a write up about it.

  6. Jules 09/12/2011 at 10:57 am #

    Firstly thanks for your informative newsletters!

    I am hoping to do the following rides in 2012;

    Black Horse Charity ride
    King of the Downs
    Evans ride Dorking
    Ibbo Cake Quest ride – when a date is given!
    Cycling Weekly ride, South east
    Evans ride Biggin Hill
    To ride the Olympic 2012 route……..after the Olympians have gone through!!

    What a year to look forard to!!
    Please enter me into the competition, I am going to need a decent pair of shorts and some saddle sore cream!

    Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

  7. Emma 09/12/2011 at 11:01 am #

    Diva100 – I did 50k of the ride this year as a challenge post getting knocked off my bike last December and it kickstarted my brain into recovering from PTS. Like this year I intend riding it on my singlespeed again.
    GRIM duathlon – I just need a mountain bike!!

    They’re the one’s planned at the moment!

  8. Matteo 09/12/2011 at 11:15 am #

    I’d like to do something specific for foldies. Is there anything like that?

  9. Si 09/12/2011 at 11:32 am #

    Nightrider, London to Brighton and there’s talk of doing London to Paris.

  10. Paul S 09/12/2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Already registered and training for the London to Paris 24

  11. Jessie 09/12/2011 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m hoping to do a part of the North Sea Cycle Route, and possibly the Dunwich Dynamo, if I’m in London that weekend.

  12. Anna 09/12/2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I’m signed up to do Lands End to John O’Groats in July 2012. To train for that I’ll do several long rides on weekends when the weather gets more bearable again.

  13. Joel 09/12/2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Did my first dun run this year, would like to do it again, it was a great experience!

    Would also like to get along to a tweed ride and am considering the three peaks cyclocross challenge….

  14. Fabian 09/12/2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Was thinking of taking the ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark and then moseying along on down Denmark through Germany and onto a port which could take me back to England In Holland (see what all the fuss about their cycling infrastructure is about). A Tweed run is also on the cards…

  15. Adam Edwards 09/12/2011 at 1:51 pm #

    My son and I got a Circe Helios Tandem last month. So our plan for next year is to get fit enough (me 50, him 9) to do a 4 day ride .

    Current plan is to get the train from home to Kings Lynn and then cycle back staying in B&Bs or cheap hotels over the 4 days. Not trying to do too many miles. Enough to make it an adventure and see things. Route will be along National Cycle Paths plus some finding our own way between Cambridge and Hitchen.

    The sorts of things I’d never have dreamed of when I was 9 and I hope something Freddy will enjoy and remember for a long time. In the meantime, we are clocking up the miles on the cycle paths in Hertfordshire.

  16. Stuart 09/12/2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Our plans for 2012 include a week cycle touring in London in all its Olympic Glory and a month or so family touring in Iceland. Should be quite contrasting experiences!

  17. Andy 09/12/2011 at 2:27 pm #

    The big one I guess is Le Mans Velo 24 hour solo. Should be fun riding such a famous course!!

  18. John 09/12/2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I’m planning a long distance 3 or 4 day mountain bike route in Scotland. Either, Glasgow – West Highland Way To Ft William – Great Glen Way to Inverness or Scottish Coast to Coast. I did Ft William to Inverness and Bonar Bridge to Ullapool last year in a day each. They were both brilliant rides and looking forward to a great challenge next year.

  19. liz 10/12/2011 at 11:35 am #

    I’m hoping to do the Tweed Run next year, and maybe join one of the Critical Mass rides. I only really started riding regularly this year, and they both sound like easy, friendly rides for a beginner. Now I just need to find someone to come with me – none of my friends cycle!

  20. jay 10/12/2011 at 2:00 pm #

    will do london to swindon with my mate for a day.. i might
    be a hard one for us as we’re newbies on road cycling.. 🙂

  21. Chris 11/12/2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Im doing London To Paris next year for Macmillan, probably London To Brighton or London To Southend for a change, also keeping up my training by riding the Pedicab to raise as much cash as I can, will be blogging that right up until July hopefully.

    Might also try and arrange a few rides via meetup.com

    • Anitaasari 31/12/2012 at 10:18 am #

      Good points, eclisealpy on gender and time disparity. On the class/cyclist issue, I think those are actually three distinct groups of cyclists who have different needs and do it for different reasons. The ones biking in the city who want to ride are the yuppie types I was referring to who are biking as a lifestyle choice. The day laborers are more likely captive users who would probably rather be driving a BMW but can’t afford one and the roadies are probably recreational cyclists who ride 40 miles on the weekend outside of the city. They’re not all just cyclists . The ones that have historically gotten the most attention are the recreational cyclists on the $3000 bikes. The ones who are now getting all the attention are the urban yuppies (eg, why are all of New York’s bike lanes in Park Slope and lower Manhattan?). The needs of captive users are often overlooked, is my guess.

  22. Phil 12/12/2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I’ll be going cycling on the towpaths with my better half, who hasn’t been on a bike in twenty years. It’s taken me 13 years to persuade/entice her back on to the saddle.

  23. charliecyclingchef 13/12/2011 at 10:17 pm #

    going to be doing some work in South America and the US next year so will be packing my folder and seeing some different cycling culture.
    would love to do a trip around the vineyards of Alsace too in the autumn, big hills and fantastic food i hear….

  24. Nigel 16/12/2011 at 11:55 am #

    Hi Andreas,

    I will personally have nothing to do with Groupon. Everyone who has got involved with them wishes they hadn’t. They take too much off of the participant, leaving such a low percentage to the participant that they lose money. They are not a good idea for traders at all.

    • Si 16/12/2011 at 12:02 pm #

      ‘Everyone’ – really? I’d say that was a pretty wild generalisation. But i’m sure you can back it up with exhaustive research…

      • Nigel 16/12/2011 at 1:09 pm #

        Everyone who I have spoke with who has dealt with them I should’ve said. Also one of the qualities (Nwsp’s) can’t remember which one? Recently ran a damning piece on them relating to several traders/businesses who do indeed wish they never got involved. Citing the unprofitable percentages given back to them.

        • Si 16/12/2011 at 2:17 pm #

          Of course there have been some unfortunate failures but I suspect they’re more down to the retailer’s short sightedness and poor planning than Groupon’s business model. For every disaster story there’s several less publicised success stories. As someone who has taken advantage of several Groupon deals I can only see benefits to both parties if used properly and with forethought. And no, I don’t work for Groupon 🙂

    • Andreas 16/12/2011 at 2:20 pm #

      Hi Nigel – I respect that and thank you for posting your opinions. I do hope that you’ll find other competitions more suitable.

  25. Emma 16/12/2011 at 12:12 pm #

    For a cake munching community, some of us anyway, this might be of interest as an example of Groupon going wrong:


    • jay 16/12/2011 at 2:49 pm #


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