Maggie’s Monster Bike + Hike

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If you’re looking for a way to challenge yourself physically while also taking up a good cause, you have to check out Maggie’s Monster Bike + Hike. There are tons of ways to give to charity; some of us donate money or goods while the rest of us get off our keisters and ride for those in need.

It’s no secret that those of us at London Cyclist are suckers for a good cause and a good long ride, which is why we’re sharing Maggie’s Monster Bike + Hike. It’s the ultimate physical challenge, giving you a chance to compete with other cyclists and hikers for a good cause.

So clear your calendars for the first weekend in May and prepare to push yourself to the limits.

About Maggie’s

Before you decide whether or not to ride and hike for the cause, let’s talk a bit about Maggie’s.

Maggie’s is a support centre for those living with cancer as well as their friends and family members. Whether you or someone you love has just been diagnosed or has been living with cancer for some time, Maggie’s provides a place to go for emotional support, social interaction and information on how to eat to maximise health, benefits or to simply interact with others who understand that cancer doesn’t just affect the patient but everyone who loves them.

Based on the support program founded by Maggie Keswick Jencks, Maggie’s Centres provide a safe place so cancer patients and loved ones can have community and social support.

As part of the NHS cancer hospitals, there are now 17 Maggie’s Centres throughout the UK.

Monster Bike + Hike

Now that you know what you’ll be riding and hiking for, here are some of the challenge specifics.

Happy cylists Monster 2012

The first thing you’ll need is a team made up of at least 2 people but as many as 6, because this is a team challenge, lasting 24 hours in the Scottish Highlands. You and your teammates, along with 2 support team members, will cycle 31 miles and then you get to choose how far you’re able to hike; 9, 23 or 41 miles.

To participate in the Monster Bike + Hike you must register your team and support crew. The requirements are basic: you must be over 18 on the day the race beings (3 May 2014), provide contact and age verification for each member and raise £375 per team member (crew too!). If you want to participate in this year’s challenge but don’t have a team, check out Maggie’s Facebook page to search for team members or hit up your local bike club.

The race itself begins bright and early on 3 May with the 31-mile cycle from Neptune’s Staircase to Fort Augustus and then you trade your wheels for hiking boots for the Bronze, Silver and Gold hiking trails. When your team finishes the Monster Bike + Hike will depend on how well your team trains in the weeks and months leading up to the challenge.

Everything Else

You’ll need to decide if you want to hire a bike or bring your own to Fort William, but you will also need loads of other equipment including tyre removal and repair kit, first aid, event map, helmet (yes it’s compulsory), waterproof rucksack and spare clothes just to name a few. You’ll get all the specifics when you register, but know that you’ll need to be prepared for this 24-hour challenge.

Then there’s the fundraising. You should make it a team effort since the whole team must raise £375 per person, but don’t worry because the Monster Bike + Hike website provides tons of fundraising ideas. There’s not much time left so get your teammates and start raising money for a good cause and training for a brag-worthy finish time.

Just in case you need a little extra motivation, you should know that the course record for this challenge is 9 hours and 34 minutes. Think you can beat it?

Maggie’s Monster Bike + Hike

When: 3-4 May 2014

Where: Great Glen Way (Scottish Highlands)

Teams: 2-6 people plus at least 2 support crew members

Fundraising Goal: £375 per participant

Bike: 31 miles

Hike: 9, 23 or 41 miles

Registration cut-off: 2 May 2014

How? Register on the website

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7 Responses to Maggie’s Monster Bike + Hike

  1. MJ Ray 27/02/2014 at 8:24 am #

    You lost me at helmet. If it’s so dangerous that it needs a helmet rule, then it’s not a ride that I want to do.

    • Mik 27/02/2014 at 10:45 am #

      Everything has a helmet rule once it’s organised to the degree it gets liability insurance (and I bet this is there.)

      Although taking the phrases ‘Challenge Yourself Physically’ and ‘Mountain Bike’ together I’d imagine the vast majority of people would be in a helmet even if it wasn’t compulsory.

      • MJ Ray 27/02/2014 at 4:45 pm #

        CTC and some non-racing British Cycling events have liability insurance but no helmet rules.

        I’d not noticed that this was so seriously off-road as to need helmets: it’s a long way from me, the picture used in the article doesn’t show exactly a challenging ride and some people are amazed by relatively short distances.

  2. Mark Katz 28/02/2014 at 10:16 am #

    Wearing a helmet ALWAYS is a no brainer.

    I would not be here to reply to your email if I wouldnt have been wearing on the 4 accidents over the last 10 years.

    None of them my fault!

    If you dont think its essential then dont cycle

  3. Rangjan 28/02/2014 at 10:21 am #

    Great – let’s all get sucked into the helmet/no helmet “debate” (actually not much of a debate, just an opportunity to air our own long-standing beliefs).


    • MJ Ray 28/02/2014 at 2:54 pm #

      I agree. I think there are other places for that debate, but happily it is still only a minority of riders that wear helmets, so event announcements like this should mention such a restriction.

      Mark Katz – if you’re riding routes where people who crash into you that often, I’d also be pressing the police to improve road safety there because a helmet won’t help if they collide with your body hard enough.

  4. James B 21/04/2014 at 11:25 am #

    Managed the 72 miles in just under 23 hours, arrived in Inverness just as the sun was rising. Great fun and signed up for this year (2014), only 13 days to go 🙂

    Definitely recommend it, the atmosphere, the wonderful scenery plus raising funds for Maggie’s all make it a great event.

    Regarding the compulsory helmet, the offroad sections are not too dangerous, a few steep descents on lose gravel/rocks. However the event is designed to make participants as self sufficient as possible, two inner tubes, first aid kit, bivouac bag, teams must stick together, minimum of four walking together after night falls, kit inspections, full waterproofs and so on, this is so Maggies get the maximum amount raised rather spend it rescuing folk off the mountain.

    Shame that all six posts are about helmets rather than a great event, a worthwhile charity and a beautiful part of Scotland.

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