Are you taking part in a charity ride this year?

There’s no shortage of charity cycling events. All for excellent causes (insert plug for our current London Cyclist Sponsor – Capital to Coast here) and many of my friends have picked this year to do running events such as half marathons.

I want to know are you taking part in any charity rides this year or have you done previously?

Feel free to plug your justgiving page!

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44 Responses to Are you taking part in a charity ride this year?

  1. Ian 06/05/2011 at 9:16 am #

    Ahh Andreas, one week to late We cycled from Windsor to Highams Park (near Chingford) last Saturday using NCR 61, 6, and 1. its not quite 100 miles but don’t tell any one……. Great Fun and a great Route if anyone fancies it.

  2. Ade 06/05/2011 at 9:24 am #

    Completed last week… me and my mate George cycled round the West Coast of Scotland in aid of Cancer Research UK – – our fourth such annual charity cycle.

    We will also be doing the Pedal For Scotland sportive later in the year –

  3. Toby 06/05/2011 at 9:28 am #

    Yup – lost my Dad to a second-bout of small intestinal cancer 5 years ago this year so doing the 500km from London -> Paris for Macmillan Cancer Support.


  4. Trevor 06/05/2011 at 9:43 am #

    Hey, well I know it’s already been featured in a post of its own, but I might as well mention again I’m riding London to Paris for James Whale fund for Kidney Cancer in June.

    My justgiving page is

  5. Liz 06/05/2011 at 10:02 am #

    I’m doing the Capital to coast using the Hove to Hove 60 mile circular route and I’m also doing the Lord Whisky end of this month for their animal sanctuary.

  6. Boon 06/05/2011 at 10:03 am #

    I’ll be cycling to raise funds for Zacchaeus 2000 Trust ( through Nightrider London. Appreciate any squids you can spare to help boost my support.

    • cleo 06/05/2011 at 10:38 am #

      good luck boon and john! I did Nightrider last year (for Compassion in World Farming) and it was brilliant but VERY difficult towards the end, crystal palace is a bit hilly to say the least, be warned 🙂

  7. John Villiers 06/05/2011 at 10:10 am #

    Nightrider 2011 –

    Going to be great seeing London at night from the bike.

  8. jess duffy 06/05/2011 at 10:12 am #


    A group of us are cycling from Birmingham to Berlin only stopping at places beginning at B! It will be about 900 miles in 11 days, all money goes straight to Cancer Research….a cause that is very personal to all our riders and is in loving memory of Bruce Wall.

  9. David Williams 06/05/2011 at 10:14 am #

    I’m doing the Asthma UK Beach to Beach Ride. Bournemouth to Brighton next weekend.

    I didn’t know about the fetish xxxlyrca sites when I choose the remember. I was just using the size of my cycle clothing (blush)

  10. Pete 06/05/2011 at 10:26 am #


    I’m returning to do the London Bikeathon this year, this time doing the 52 mile route, then in August like many on here i’m cycling London to Paris!! For Macmillian

    Scary stuff


  11. Edd 06/05/2011 at 10:26 am #

    Merstham (near Reigate) to Brighton ride on Sunday ~ 50 miles for DELTA (deaf education through listening and talking –

    £15 entry which includes snacks/ drinks through 3 checkpoints and fish and chips on the seafront at the finish!

    This is an annual event open to all and a map of the route can be found here:

    (Note that we are finishing at Marine Parade this year due to Ovingdean Hall School closing)

    I have linked a fellow riders Justgiving page, my page from the Barcelona Marathon is here 🙂 (

    See Hear will also be filming parts of the ride and interviewing deaf cyclists around cycling safety and the differences in preparation for cycling between hearing people and deaf people.

    Comment/ email if you’d like more details.


    P.S. Due to trains being broken I will be cycling from North London to Clapham Common then on to Merstham to join the signposted route!

  12. Artiom Chi 06/05/2011 at 10:31 am #

    I just did the MacMillan ride this weekend, from Stratford to Stratford 🙂
    The ride was great, btw!

    Please help support the cause here:

  13. Emma 06/05/2011 at 10:32 am #

    I’m doing the 50K version of the DIVA100 ride this Sunday. I got knocked off my bike in December and I’m still recovering physically but I hope to do it in under 2.5 hours.
    Good luck everyone doing rides this summer!

  14. Mike Smith 06/05/2011 at 10:35 am #

    Hi folks

    2008 – London/Paris for Macmillan Cancer Support

    2009 – London/Paris for Macmillan Cancer Support

    2009 – Ride Blenheim Palace – 60 miles for Macmillan Cancer Support

    2010 – Prostate Cancer Research Tour of Britain Stage

    2011 – I’m having a year off but supporting a friend, Mark Alden, who’s doing a privately organised LeJog for Macmillan’s with only his girlfriend and a trusty car for support. See him at – go on, help him raise that last 5%!

    2012 – Maybe I’ll get round to doing my huge ride in favour of National Coastwatch Institution ( riding round the coastline from Fleetwood in the NW, via Wales, Cornwall the South Coast, the East Coast and up to Sunderland to visit each NCI station. But maybe I won’t – numbers like 2000 (kilometers) have a way of daunting my enthusiasm!

    Good luck to everyone supporting a charity by getting on their bikes – especially those who don’t normally ride one!

    Mike 🙂

  15. Marcus Letts 06/05/2011 at 10:50 am #

    Hey folks,

    Our team of 21 inspirational young cyclists just completed a 14 day Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge!

    Wow, quite the adventure. Check out our blog posts @ for full details, plus photos of our tour.

    We’re over half way towards raising £15,000 for 2 amazing grassroots charities, AfriKids and the Otesha Project UK.

    The Otesha Project are a UK based cycling chairty who work with young people, introducing them to issues of sustainability through their Otesha play and inspiring a love of cycling and nature. They’ve been hit hard by grant cuts need your support!

    Peace and bicycle grease,

    The Brake then Cycle team


  16. Ian Houghton 06/05/2011 at 11:12 am #

    Doing the ‘Independant’ 100K London – Brighton ride on September 10th for ‘Medical Action Research For Kids’….First charity ride I’ve ever done…Not so sure about riding up ‘Ditchling Beacon’ though! 🙂

    • Nick 06/05/2011 at 12:49 pm #

      You’ll regret not cycling up Ditchling – such a buzz when you reach the top!

      I did London to Brighton last year – walking challenge this year – six peaks and snowdon horseshoe in 2 days for Air Ambulance charity –

    • Mike Smith 06/05/2011 at 5:44 pm #

      Ditchling Beacon….
      Ride it and risk a heart attack or push the bike up it and get a bad backa – choices, choices, choices!

  17. Oliwer 06/05/2011 at 11:58 am #

    I’m riding, next weekend, a 600 mile route from Dorking to Edinburgh. It’s run by a fantastic organisation called Ride2Raise, see more details here as they have events running through the year.

    You can follow all of the news and details of how to enter events here!/Ride2Raise

    Ride2Raise aims to promote cycling as a healthy and eco way to not only fundraise but also to keep fit and healthy. The team that run it are very professional and give those who need it the support and encouragement, they are really experienced and ultimately…they have a lot of fun doing it!

    It’s relatively new so please do pass on the word as cycling becomes even stronger and more popular in this country.


  18. Toby Field 06/05/2011 at 12:54 pm #

    This year I’m doing 3 charity rides for the British Heart Foundation. The London to Brighton in June, The Goodwood Ride in July and the London to Hastings in August.

    My Dad died of heart disease and I’ve come from being a super morbidly obese non-cyclist to a super fit cyclist that’s 7.5 stone lighter than I was last year.

  19. Craig Pollard 06/05/2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Yup, we’ve got a team of six who are cycling 12,000 miles from London to Cape Town, leaving 7th August. It’ll take us a year to complete and we’re aiming to raise £100,000 for street children projects in Africa.

    Our first day is a fully organised London to Brighton, places are limited but if you want to register then visit!!



  20. Paul 06/05/2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Me and my partner are having fun adapting to riding our tandem and decided last year we would join in with the nightride, like a few others here. We were thrilled when we found that although all the places were gone we could join in on behalf of mind – our page is below

    Will be great if anyone does donate and I’m going to visit a few of the other nightriders pages and donate to them now I think!

    Be interesting to read a feature on nightrides – the Dynamo is coming up too soon!

  21. Kate Byrne 06/05/2011 at 2:00 pm #

    From 26th May to 9th June 2011 I will cycle the El Cid trail from Bilbao to Valencia with some friends – the IMPS. We will be cycling around 50 miles every day, with some challenging hills. I will be riding a total of 587 miles.

    You will have heard of El Cid and perhaps even seen gun-loving Charlton Heston play him. As he (EC not CH) seems to have spent a lot of his time on earth killing people, I would like you to donate a little to the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) to help even the score. Every penny you contribute will go straight to CAAT as I am paying for all my own cycle ride expenses.

    CAAT tackles one of the key root causes of conflict and instability around the world: Britain’s weapon sales abroad. Every hour, 35 people are killed by armed conflict. I’m cycling to help end Britain’s role as one of the five biggest arms exporters in the world.

    Please sponsor me today and inspire me to keep on going when it gets tough! You can sponsor me per mile or for the whole trip. Let’s remind El Cid and his kind that War is really Not the Answer. Please go to my donations page here:


  22. Brian 06/05/2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Last year I cycled in the BHF Norwich 50 and Vale of Belvoir rides. This year I’m cycling the Norwich 100 and Suffolk Villages rides.

  23. Silka 06/05/2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Yes – my boyfriend and I are currently 800 miles into our 1,800 mile NYC to Miami bike ride on behalf of a great homelessness charity.

    I’m blogging about it here –
    And raising funds here –

    Right, time to cycle another 70 miles…


  24. Kevin Campbell's Blog 06/05/2011 at 7:29 pm #

    loads of people riding london to paris, is there a cycle route to paris that keeps you on track, it could be a goal one day for me possibly, not right now but in the future when my fitness levels are much higher and i think i may also need to buy some semi slick tyres for my mtb i guess

    • Trevor 07/05/2011 at 2:27 pm #

      I did it last year on an 18 year old MTB (with slicks) and it was perfectly do-able even at a mediocre level of fitness.

  25. Pete Clark 06/05/2011 at 8:16 pm #

    I’ve done the London Bikeathon, Palace to Palace and the London to Brighton in recent years. This year I felt I needed a new challenge so I’m stepping up to London to Paris (like many others it seems). My charity is the wonderful Child Bereavement Charity.

    Maybe one day I’ll do one that doesn’t start or finish in London!

    Good luck to all!!

  26. Jess 06/05/2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I’m doing the Nightrider too, for the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture. Having only started cycling in January I’m a bit worried, particularly with all this mention of hills!

  27. Tazbikebiz 06/05/2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I done the London Bikeathon (26 miles) last year and still had some steam left in the engine so going to take on the 52 mile route this year Sunday 26th June.

  28. Tazbikebiz 06/05/2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Forgot to add my webpage, Hint Hint

  29. Andrea 07/05/2011 at 1:33 am #

    Can’t be done with paying fees and begging for money so I’ll be volunteering as a bicycle marshall on the Moonwalk on the 14th night. Followed the link on here so, thank you Andreas :-))) -A

  30. 4Cs 07/05/2011 at 2:26 am #

    Well done and good luck to everyone.

    We, the Coast to Coast Cycle Club – Chris Batten, Lee Simpson, Stuart Flatt & Colin Richardson, are cycling from Land’s End to Norwich via the South coast. 840 miles in total. 11th – 18th June 2011.

    We’re doing it to raise money for Big C cancer charity, our aim is £20k

    Our website is
    On Twitter:
    Just Giving:

  31. Dave W 07/05/2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I’ll be doing the London to Brighton (for first time) for the British Heart Foundation with a team from work.
    Lost both parents to heart disease – it’s surprising how common it is.
    All/any contributioins welcome!

    • Toby Field 07/05/2011 at 1:20 pm #

      Heart disease is the bigger cause of death in the world. In the UK, it kills more women than cancer.

      All of the charities people represent and raise money for are worthy causes and if we have to put up with a little discomfort or pain to help someone else, then it’s all worthwhile.

  32. Mark Kimsey 07/05/2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Just finished the Coast to Coast with five others to raise money for Mount Vernon Hospital Marie Curie Cance Wing.
    Next month – London to Brighton.

  33. Peter 08/05/2011 at 6:29 am #

    I did London to Paris in 2009 for ReCycle and John O’Groats to Lands End in 2010 for Marie Curie and Diabetes UK.

    I am now back in NZ and just looking at the logistics of doing an End to End of New Zealand.

  34. Gary Walder 08/05/2011 at 1:17 pm #

    From August 21-28 I’ll be attempting to do what Hannibal did, and that is cross the Alps. But while Hannibal, at the age of 28, was at the peak of his physical and mental prowess, I’m middle-aged, overweight and suffer from mild depression. And I’ll be travelling by mountain bike, not elephant.

    The aim is to ride from Garmisch in Germany to Lake Garda in Italy, covering a distance of 400km and ascending a total of 10,000m. Any money I raise will go to The Mental Health Foundation.

    I’ve not yet set up the Virgin Money Giving page but when I do I’d be happy to let you know. I’m going to need all the support I can get!

  35. philcycle 08/05/2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Did lots of charity rides some years ago, but found raising sponsorship so difficult (always asking the same people; time consuming; difficult collecting pledged money) that I gave up.
    Now (selfishly?) ride for my own pleasure, and am quite surprised that people are shocked that I’m not doing it for a charity! You can’t win.

  36. Nigel 13/05/2011 at 10:10 am #

    London to Paris 2nd year in a row

  37. Jacqui 24/05/2011 at 1:00 pm #

    I’ll be doing Book Aid International’s Bike for Books this year – London to Burwash (the home of Rudyard Kipling!) on the 4th September. Did Bike for Books with them last year (a beautiful, and hilly!, 50 miles from Surrey to London) and it was fab fun. And it was much easier than I’d have thought to raise the money too!

  38. Liz 24/05/2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I will be doing the Hove to Hove on 10th July 60 miles. On bank holiday Monday 30/5/11 i will be cycling 50 miles in aid of Lord Whisky animal shelter in kent.

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