Every year hundreds of charity rides take place up and down Britain and across mainland Europe. The events vary wildly in distances and terrain but they all leave the participants well and truly bitten by the cycling bug – and raise money for worthy causes.

Here we list as many charity rides as we can, but if there’s nothing that takes your fancy do come back, this list will be constantly updated, and whatever your ability, there will be something to suit you.

Got a charity ride you want us to include? Then email cycling@ipcmedia.com with the subject line ‘Online charity rides’.    

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March  

The Outdoors Show 100 Bike Ride – 29 March 2009
Riding for Action Medical Research takes cyclists from the heart of the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Show at the NEC and swiftly into the Warwickshire countryside to take in the delights of a Springtime Sunday. A choice of 100k or 100-mile rides to choose from, either ride will provide an early season challenge. Full details

April

CARE London to Brighton Cycle Challenge -18 April 2009
The CARE Challenge Series has partnered up with Tall Stories to offer a fantastic new event- the London to Brighton Cycle Challenge to raise funds for CARE International UK.

This challenge will see participants cycle all 91km from London to Brighton in a day, enjoying the idyllic countryside along the way.

A celebratory finish will await at Brighton Pier. Your efforts will not only gain you precious memories and a huge sense of achievement but also the knowledge that you ve raised important funds for CARE international – there will be a lot to celebrate! Full details

British Heart Foundation London to Amsterdam bike ride – Thursday 23 April 2009 – Monday 27 April 2009
Get your heart racing on this challenging cycle through rural England to the exciting and vibrant city of Amsterdam!

This fantastic bike ride will take you through beautiful English countryside, across the Channel and into the delightful landscapes of Holland with its famous windmills and tulips before reaching the finish line in the heart of the capital city – Amsterdam.

World Experiences offer you the opportunity to have the adventure of a lifetime, enhanced by the knowledge you are helping people affected by heart disease today and in the future. Full details
 
British Heart Foundation White Peak Challenge – Sunday 26 April 2009
A 29 mile ride through Derbyshire s spectacular White Peak District that offers a real challenge!

Take in the rolling limestone and wonderful scenery on the ride. Starting at Darley Dale, near Matlock, the ride follows an on road route to the picturesque village of Winster where you will tackle the first steep hill. Then head to Brassington, Parwich, the historical village of Youlgrave and then make the last big climb to Stanton in the Peak before you head down hill to the finish.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease. Once registered you can set up your personal online sponsorship page which allows you to notify your friends and family of the event you are doing and allows them to sponsor you straight away. You are able to keep track of how much you ve raised and who is supporting you. Remember to inform them about Gift Aid as for every £1 donated we can claim 28p extra from the Government at no extra cost to you or your sponsors.

To take part and help the nations heart charity please register online or if you require any further information about the event please contact us on the details as below. Full details
 
Leukaemia South Herts Bikeathon – 26 April 2009   
The route for this 19 mile ride will travel along country lanes with breathtaking views of the Hertfordshire countryside taking in the very best that Elstree, Borehamwood, Ridge, Shenley and Radlett have to offer. This bikeathon really does offer something for everyone – there’s no reason not to join in!

The children’s route is perfect for those who don’t want to take to the streets of Hertfordshire. The kids can enjoy themselves on a well marshalled off-road circuit round the grounds of Haberdashers Aske’s School.

The event will offer a free T-shirt for all entrants to wear on the day, free refreshments for cyclists at the start and mid-way, various stalls offering a number of fun games and activities and refreshments, a prize for top adult and child fundraiser and a commemorative medal on completion of the route.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details

 
British Heart Foundation Dorset Bike Ride – 26 April 2009
Join more than 1,400 cyclists on our most popular bike ride in the South West. Suitable for families and cycling enthusiasts alike, participants can choose from a 25 mile, 55 mile or 66 mile route.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease. Full details  

May

Leukaemia Darlington Bikeathon Kidz – 3 May 2009  
The event is held in South Park, Darlington which also boasts a skateboard park, beautiful lake, bandstand play areas and bistro style cafe. The event not only holds a fantastic cycle route, there are also lots of other awesome activites to take part in!

Fun activities also include: Punch and Judy, Balloon Modelling, Music Entertainment and Food and Refreshments
 
Children who sign up receive a t-shirt and activity booklet and when they’ve completed the event they receive an Olympic style medal!

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Kent Air Ambulance San Fairy Ann CC 118k Cyclo Sportive – 4 May
As Sportives go this is a low key one, ideal for those who don’t fancy the ultra hilly classics and for those who are training for these. The qualifying times take this into account and the Gold standards are a real challenge. Every rider who finishes inside one of the qualifying times will receive the appropriate medal, engraved with their name and time and details of the event.

There is a limit of 250 riders and entries on the line will only be accepted if this has not been reached. To keep costs down there is no on-line entry facility – please print a copy of the entry form and post it. This form also gives details of the qualifying times, an outline of the route and other information. Details and entry form

The Wheely Big Relay – 8-15 May
The event sees cyclists embarking on an eight-leg cycling challenge from Edinburgh to London. Cyclists can sign up to do a one-day leg or, if they re feeling brave, the entire ride between the two capitals.

The event is part of Action for Brain Injury Week and will help promote the campaign s message that cycle helmets save lives. All money raised will go to Headway to help it continue working to improve life after brain injury. Full details
 
British Heart Foundation North Wales ride – Sunday 10 May 2009
This ride is great for all ages as you ll get to see coast and country with the majority of the route on cycle paths away from the traffic.

The 15 mile route starts at 0930 from the Arena on the seafront in Rhyl. Following the coastal path you ll make your way to Prestatyn where you ll join the Dyserth Way cycle path. Venturing onwards to Rhuddlan and back to the coastal path to cross the finish line.

This year there is also a more demanding 30 mile route which will follow country roads around the beautiful North Wales countryside. Along single track paths you will take in all that North Wales has to offer.Full details
 
Leukaemia Clumber Park Bikeathon – 10 May 2009  
Watch out for Robin Hood at the 13th Clumber Park Bikeathon which takes place in National Trust’s world-famous Sherwood Forest!

Riders have a choice of either 11 miles (one circuit) or 19 miles (two circuits) on the quiet, picturesque roads and tracks within Clumber Park.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Leukaemia Grimsby Bikeathon – 10 May 2009
The 10th Grimsby Bikeathon starts from Christmas World in East Ravendale and those completing the 40-mile route start at 9.30am with a challenging hilly ride through the Lincolnshire Wolds. Meanwhile those choosing the shorter 10 or 15-mile routes start at 10.30am.

The Bikeathon is signposted and marshalled, with refreshment stops, and all riders receive a t-shirt and medal.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Leukaemia Woking Bikeathon – 10 May 2009  
Take up the twin challenge of riding in the 21st Woking Bikeathon and set yourself the challenge of raising at least £50 in sponsorship.

The first Woking Bikeathon took place in 1988 and since then thousands of cyclists have helped raise over £1.8 million for Leukaemia Research. Choose from a 14-mile or 29-mile route.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Leukaemia Bracknell Bikeathon Kidz 10 May 2009
Bracknell’s Look Out is the perfect all-day outdoor venue. This Kidz ride has a 5 mile route taking children on a fun filled adventure throughout the forest – on an awesome off road track! Everytime kids complete a circuit they are rubber stamped and for the younger children, there is also brilliant shorter off road toddler trail!

After the cycle, children can enjoy a an adventure play area, infant play trail, stalls, BBQ, raffle and more.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Deloitte and Sailors  Society Cycle – 10 May 2009
Starting and finishing at Mayflower Park, Southampton, three cycle routes (10, 25 or 45 miles) take in the city and surrounding Hampshire countryside. Routes will be marshalled, clearly signed and include water stops. Starts will be staggered between 09.30-11.00am. You can enter as a team or as an individual. By fundraising and participating you ll be helping Southampton-based international charity, the Sailors  Society, enrich the lives of seafarers and their families around the world. Spectators and cyclists can enjoy entertainment at Mayflower Park throughout the day, including mountain bike stunt displays, a bike doctor, music, stalls, bouncy castle, licensed bar and local food and drink. Full details or email cycle@sailors-society.org
 
Suffolk Sunrise Bike Ride – 10 May 2009
The picturesque and ancient market town of Woodbridge in Suffolk provides both the starting and finishing points for the Action Medical Research Suffolk Sunrise event.
The route follows mainly quiet roads allowing cyclists to take in the breathtaking scenery and observe wildlife along the way. At the 16-mile point Action have two ferry boats waiting to take riders and their bikes across the River Deben to Bawdsey. After the five-minute trip, cyclists will be back on their way.
By taking part in the Suffolk Sunrise 100 you will be supporting the Touching Tiny Lives appeal which aims to help vulnerable mothers and babies. Action Medical Research relies entirely on voluntary donations. Full details
 
The National Autistic Society London to Paris Bike Ride – 15-18 May
A hugely popular four-day event which sees participants cycle from Crystal Palace in South London to the foot of Paris s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower. You ll enjoy riding through the undulating countryside of southern England before crossing the Channel and passing through sleepy Normandy villages en route to bustling central Paris and the end of your challenge for the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism. For more information, please contact the Cycling Team on 08450 509 001 or email events@nas.org.uk
 
Leukaemia Vyrnwy Bikeathon – 17 May 2009  
Situated amongst the mountains of Mid Wales, approximately eight miles from the small market town of Llanfyllin, Powys. Lake Vyrnwy is without doubt an area of outstanding beauty providing plenty of opportunity for those who like the outdoor life to carry out many activities and will leave you ready to return for more.

The event will begin at Llanwddyn Primary School, a picturesque village one mile from the Lake. From here is the only serious climb on the route (we ve had no complaints yet, and it s easy to come down when you are finishing), then it s around the Lake as leisurely as you like, stop to picnic, take in the views, watch the birds or the watersports, it s up to you. Weather permitting we are sure you will have a great day!

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Castle 100 Bike Ride – 17 May 2009
Join Action Medical Research on this 100-mile circular road ride, which starts and finishes at Tonbridge Castle in Kent on Sunday 17th May 2009. More than 750 people took part in May 2008, and they are aiming for 1000 in 2009. Full details   Dougie Mac Bike

Ride – 17 May 2009
Fundraise for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice by riding a choice three routes. Starting and finishing at the Michelin Athletic Club, Stoke on Trent, distances range from 110 miles to 10 miles and include a lunch afterwards. Go to Dougie Mac Bike Ride, or contact the fundraising team at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice on 01782 344304 or email fundraising@dmhospice.org.uk
 
Leukaemia Glasgow Bikeathon – 24 May 2009
Cycle the scenic routes on offer whilst making a real difference to thousands of lives across Scotland. The Glasgow Bikeathon offers two predominantly rural routes to riders – either 13 or 26 miles. Both rides start and finish at the beautiful country park in Drumpellier, on the Glasgow/North Lanarkshire border. The historic park was formerly a private estate occupying an area of 500 acres, comprising two natural lochs.

Riders will take in a traffic-free section of the park before heading eastwards. Both routes pass north of the   Iron Burgh  town of Coatbridge – its name coming from its ironworks heritage , and the market town of Airdrie before heading north into the North Lanarkshire countryside. Quiet roads and scenic views await riders of both rides.  All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details

June

 
The National Autistic Society Five Countries Bike Ride – 5-8 June
The ride takes you through five countries in four days. Setting off from Gatwick you ll cycle through the Surrey and Kent countryside before boarding a ferry to Dunkirk. You ll cycle through France and Belgium along roads ideally suited to cyclists into Holland and onto Germany – finishing in the historic town of Aachen. With a total distance of approximately 450km (280 miles), this is a ride for cyclists who want a bit more of a challenge!
 
By taking part you will be helping the over half a million people in the UK with autism and supporting NAS services including the Autism Helpline, Advocacy for Education Service, Befriending scheme, Parent to Parent support service and help! programme. For more information, please contact the Cycling Team on 08450 509 001 or email events@nas.org.uk
 
Leukaemia Rugby Bikeathon – 7 June 2009
The Rugby-Coventry Bikeathin is back by popular demand, and now riders can choose from a 10, 26 or 50 mile course starting from both venues!

The entry fee includes a T-shirt & Pig roast, sponsor forms, maps and control card. Thanks to Newman Property Services who generously subsidise the event, it means every £1 raised can be used for much needed research.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Leukaemia Bedford Bikeathon Kidz – 7 June 2009

This fantastic children’s event starts out at the Forest Centre in Bedford and is set within the grounds of a large park with plenty of attractions. The vehicle free route is around a beautiful lake and children can cycle around as many times as they wish! For younger kidz there is a small route set within a great sensory garden where they can cycle over a bridge, pass under arches and cycle next to a pond.

Other awesome activites include children’s activity playground, farmer’s market, fire engine, lakeside cafe.

Once kidz have cycled around this fun course they receive an Olympic style medal!  All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
British Heart Foundation Somerset Levels ride – 7 June 2009
Join over 1000 cyclists on this glorious ride through the glorious wetlands of the Somerset Levels.

With a choice of 27 and 50 mile distances, the event is suitable for both families and those looking for a real physical challenge and follows a visually beautiful and flat route.

Last year an amazing 900 people took part and this year we are expecting places to fill up quickly – so please register early to guarantee your place.

You can start the ride any time between 9am and 10.30am from Abbeymoor Stadium in Glastonbury and have until 4.30pm to complete the route you choose.

The ride is fully marshalled with refreshment stops located around the route. Full details
 
British Heart Foundation Norwich rides – 7 June 2009
Starting from the beautiful city of Norwich, this ride takes you through perfect cycling country with its quiet roads and picturesque villages.

Choose from either the 100 mile route or a gentler 50 mile option. From Norwich City Hall, both routes head east towards Waxham. The short route heads back through Broadland. The longer route is via Felbrigg Hall and Blickling. On arrival back you will receive a Medal and a Certificate, then relax and enjoy the music and refreshments in the lovely Cathedral Close. Full details
 
Cyclists Fighting Cancer Vatternrundan – 11 June 2009
Be part of the largest recreational bicycle ride in the world and help fight cancer through cycling.

The Vatternrundan is a 300km course in one of the most breathtaking areas of Northern Europe, tracing the shores of the spectacular Lake Vättern in Sweden. The ride is open to riders over the age of 18 of all abilities and last year attracted 18,000 participants.

Cyclists Fighting Cancer donate bicycles and equipment to children and young people whose lives have been affected by cancer. The funds they raise are used to pay for bicycles, tandems, tag-a-longs and specially adapted tricycles to help with rehabilitation and recovery. For more information visit Cyclists Fighting Cancer or email mike@cyclistsfc.org.uk
 
Get more out of life – get cycling Bike Week 13-21 June
The UK s biggest mass participation cycling event, has launched with a new mission for 2009 to challenge families to get more out of life by swapping their four wheels for two and discovering new places in their local community. Fundraise for any charity through an organized ride or create your own using the helpful bike week website.

People hoping to join a Bike Week event but unsure of what s on offer can search under a range of different categories from commuter challenges and time trials to family rides and cycle skills training – meaning it s even easier for people to find an event appropriate for them.

Hosting an event during Bike Week has never been more attractive. The new website hosts an Event Organiser Guide,   useful contacts  section and hints & tips pages to help organisers create and promote any range of events from small community rides to large festivals. Brand new materials including posters, flyers, balloons and stickers are free to order – and the liability insurance up to £10 million offers added security at no cost to the organiser. Full details
 
Leukaemia Bromsgrove Bikeathon Kidz – 14 June 2009
This children’s cycle takes place at Sanders Park, Bromsgrove. After completing the Bikeathon children receive an Olympic style medal and a goodie bag full of fun!

The fantastic cycle route throughout Bromsgrove s famous public park, also boasts a bandstand and takes you around the stunning Sander s Park lake, which you are welcome to cycle around as many times as you like! For the toddlers and any younger kidz, there is also a fantastic mini route which circulates the park’s tennis courts.

Other Activities at the event include face painting, skate park, playground, football and basketball courts, raffle, stalls and games

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Leukaemia Redbridge Bikeathon Kidz – 14 June 2009
The Redbridge Bikeathon is the perfect place for kids to show how to ride a bike in style! And what better incentive to whiz round such a great venue than to know that after completing the Bikeathon you will receive an Olympic style medal for you to wear proudly, as well as a goodie bag full of fun!

Redbridge have been hosting the Bikeathon since 2002 and the day is always an action packed, fun event for all the family to enjoy! There s absolutely loads to do at the event besides completing your route, with the   Cool  computer bus always a main attraction, where kids can visit the bus and play some awesome computer games with or against their friends! And that s just one of the main activities that will take place.

Other Activities at the event include face painting, bouncy castle, raffle, BBQ, stalls, special guest appearance from Scoopy the Dog, music and lots more fun games and activities

For the very young kidz there is a short toddler track, but for everyone else you can ride around the track as many times as you like!

Everyone who signs up for the Kids Bikeathon will get a fundraising pack sent in the post. Once you have cycled around this fun course you will also recieve an Olympic style medal!

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Leukaemia Wirral Bikeathon – 14 June 2009  
Everyone from 8 to 80 can take part in the Wirral Bikeathon. Whether you’re riding solo or as a group, the day guarantees fun for all ages. So motivate your friends, family and colleagues now!

Choose to cycle either 14 or 28 miles along minor roads and some off-road sections. Arrowe Park houses the start/finish venue and is a 425 acre park and woodland which boasts a pitch & putt course, tennis courts, bowling greens, football pitches and a children’s play area – all making it the perfect place to spend a day out with family or friends.At our start and finish area in the park we are hopeful there will be some toe-tapping music courtesy of the Peninsula Jazz Band.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Sheer Heaven vs Shere Hell – 14 June 2009
Join Sparks for a fantastic new event called   Sheer Heaven vs Shere Hell . The ride offers two routes and is aimed at both the novice and the experienced rider respectively.
 
The   Sheer Heaven  route offers a 25 mile ride through gently rolling Surrey countryside. The more challenging   Shere Hell  option provides a 50 mile ride, climbing more than 5,000 feet as it incorporates some of Surrey s toughest cycling climbs, including Leith Hill, the highest point in the South East of England. Both rides go through some of the country s most picturesque villages, including Shere on the Hell route, making this an extremely rewarding experience to be a part of. Full details
 
Mind Ireland bike ride 18 – 21 June
The bike ride begins with the surprisingly unspoilt landscape of the Wicklow Mountains, just a few short miles from Dublin. The charming villages of Enniskerry and Glendalough make great stopping places and give a chance to view the unique heritage of Irelands Monastic past. The medieval city of Kilkenny awaits you with its narrow streets and beautiful castle before we head across the border to Tipperary and the landmark of the Rock of Cashel, our finish line. You will then return to Dublin where you can celebrate your achievement of the ride and raising funds for Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. Full details
 
Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge – 20 June  
Set in the Southern Highlands of Scotland, this event will sort the brave from the faint-hearted. The challenge, for teams of four, is to cover 55 miles of the spectacular Rob Roy Way on foot and bike, raising money for four charity partners, Sightsavers International, The Prince’s Trust, The Prince s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) and The Place2Be.

The Rob Roy Challenge, now in its fourth year, has raised over £1m to date for charity by encouraging teams to walk or run 16 miles from Drymen near Loch Lomond, through the Trossachs to Callander. Then with competitors switching to bikes, the remaining 39 miles of this stunning route is covered on two-wheels, finishing at Kenmore. A post-event party for participants is held in the evening on the banks of Loch Tay. Full details
 
Leukaemia Lydden Bikeathon Kidz – 21 June 2009  
The Lydden Bikeathon is no ordinary bike ride as the route takes children around part of the very famous Lydden racing track so they can feel like a famous racing star! Each time children complete a lap you will get a special Bikeathon kidz stamp and a medal at the finish. Parents are also invited to come along and join in the fun!

Other fun activities to do on your action packed day include tombola, activity stands and refreshments

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers.
 
Leukaemia Scottish Bikeathon – 21 June 2009  
The beautiful scenery of Badenoch and Strathspey, made famous by the hit series ‘Monarch of the Glen’, is the backdrop for the 17th Scottish Bikeathon. Providing the setting for what is a breathtaking family ride, suitable for all ages and abilities. Even though the event is not a race, everyone is a winner as all participants receive a t-shirt when they enter and a medal when they finish!

The event has been steadily growing and in recent years over 700 riders – families, friends, teams and individuals have come from Scotland and England and further afield – with cyclists from Canada, South Africa and Australia too!

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Leukaemia Leamington Spa Bikeathon Kidz – 21 June 2009
Leamington Spa Bikeathon Kidz event is returning to the Midlands. Taking place at Victoria park, children taking part receive a t-shirt, fundraising pack with activity booklet and when they complete their cycle and Olympic style medal.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Trossachs Ton Bike Ride – 21 June 2009
Taking cyclists through the heather-clad peaks of the Trossachs, this 100-mile circular route contains everything you d expect from a cycling challenge in Scotland. The castles, the lochs, the monuments, the hills and the Glens are all on offer. This route has been kept as rider-friendly as possible and although the hills may be a little tough on the thighs, the descents will feel fabulous all while raising money for Action Medical Research. Full details
 
British Heart Foundation (BHF) London to Brighton Bike Ride – 21 June
The BHF owns; organises and is the sole benefiting charity from the Ride. Committed to preventing people s lives being devastated by heart disease, every penny raised will go towards fighting the UK s biggest killer – heart and circulatory disease.

Julie Sorrell, Head of Events at the BHF said, “The London to Brighton Bike Ride is a major fundraising event for the BHF. Last year the Ride raised £4.2million for the nation s heart charity and we hope to raise even more this year. Join our fight against heart disease today whilst taking part in one of the must do events for 2009.

Riders of the 54 mile bike ride from London to Brighton seafront will be able to register online for the first time this year at bhf.org.uk/london-brighton. Entries open on 1st March and if you want to be one of the 27,000 cyclists taking to the road this year, register as soon as possible avoid disappointment. If you have queries after visiting the BHF website please email bikeride@bhf.org.uk for more information.

Three Parks Bike Ride – 25 – 28 June 2009
Endeavour s Three Parks Bike Ride is a challenging tour through the spectacular scenery of the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors to raise funds for Endeavour s work with disaffected young people. The route starts from Endeavour s Chesterfield HQ and finishes at our North East regional centre in Middlesbrough covering the three National Parks in four days.

We re looking for cyclists who are inspired by the challenge of cycling 50 miles a day with an average of 1500 metres of ascent daily to complete the 200 miles.

Raising money for Endeavour who has over 50 years  experience of working with young people in Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Humber, the Midlands, London and the North East. Strategic courses enable young people to develop skills to make positive changes in their lives, take control of their future and achieve their goals. Many gain qualifications, enter employment or further education and make a positive contribution to society. Full details  
 
Cornish Moor to Sea Challenge – 27 and 28 June 2009
The ride will take cyclists through 18 miles of mainly traffic free cycle way. Starting at St Breward, a pretty moorland village, it winds its way coastward round the foot of Bodmin Moor, then on to the beautifully wooded Camel valley. The route takes cyclists through the busy town of Wadebridge and then hugs the River Camel as it opens out into the spectacular Camel Estuary. As cyclists make their way towards the attractive town of Padstow you will probably have thoughts of Rick Stein, the British Chef who specialises in fish and has his headquarters in the town.

The activity will help promote the work of disability charity Sightsavers whose mission is to prevent and cure blindness in developing countries. Organisers are looking for local teams of five who are interested in taking on the challenge, completing the bike and foot sections. Teams can enter by visiting www.moortoseachallenge.co.uk
 
British Heart Foundation South Downs Randonnee – 27 June 2009 or 25 July 2009
This exciting and challenging course is one of Britain s toughest off road routes and is only suitable for very experienced cyclists. Bikers can choose from two dates and opt to do either a 35 mile, 65 mile or 100 mile course.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease. Full details
Ride 24 – 27 – 28 June 2009
New for 2009 for Action Medical Research is a teeth-gritting, thigh-busting, nerve-crunching brute of a cycle challenge – the Ride 24.

If you re a beast on a bike and know three more, then you ve got a team for Ride 24, a unique 24-hour relay cycle challenge aimed almost exclusively at maniacs.

From Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 June 2009, you ll be balancing your need for sleep and nutrition while overcoming pain and fatigue to beat the rubber on the Top Gear track in Dunsfold Park, Surrey.

Teams of four will need stamina, speed, skill and strategy in this brutal relay race. This is the ultimate. This is Le Mans on bikes. Full details
 
Leukaemia South Somerset Bikeathon – 28 June 2009  
The South Somerset Bikeathon takes place at the RNAS Merryfield airfield in the rural village of Ilton – a well-known time trial route for local cycling clubs. The event offers a perfect cycling route for all ages with no worries about traffic and an optional off-road section too.

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers. Full details
 
Bike Unite for Children – 28 June 2009
Joining together to raise money for children, the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal , Manchester Children s Hospital and actor Simon O Brien are encouraging people to get on their bikes. Cyclists will set off in Manchester and travel 37 miles along the Trans-Pennine Way to Calderstones Park in Liverpool.

Transport to Manchester for the rider and bike is included in the entry and places are limited to 500. The course is also traffic free.

Alder Hey Imagine Appeal was launched in 2005 and aims to raise £3 million every year to improve the quality of life for children in hospital by enhancing their environment to providing facilities for patients and their families. To register now go to www.imagineappeal.com or contact Rachel on 0151 252 5726 email rachel.donohoe@alderhey.nhs.uk
 
Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge 28th June
Olympic cycling gold medallists Rebecca Romero and Bradley Wiggins have joined forces to champion the Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge

Join 2000 other riders in a 60 mile route from Esher College in Surrey, or pedal a gentler 30 mile alternative route, beginning at Haywards Heath. The beautifully scenic route to the sparkling Hove seafront will be lined with experienced stewards, free refreshments and mechanical support all along the way.

Getting fit and raising money for a good cause will guarantee a great day out for all the family. Benefiting charities include Norwood, the leading UK charity supporting children, families and adults, coping with learning disabilities and social disadvantage, in the Jewish community and beyond. Other charities that will benefit include The Down s Syndrome Association, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and Southern FM s Help a Local Child.

Registration costs £20 for the 60-mile rides or £15 for the 30-mile ride, and participants should aim to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship for these charitable causes. Full details

Chiltern Challenge 100 – 28 June 2009
New in 2008, the Chiltern Challenge 100 bike ride takes rides on a choice of two circular routes through the gorgeous Chiltern Hills. The first route of 100 miles will lead the rider through some of the most picturesque countryside in the UK. The shorter second route of 100km (62.5 miles) is easier for the novice or less ambitious rider. All funds raised will go to Action Medical Research. Full details  

July


Mind London to Paris – 1-5 July

Whether you are looking for a challenge, or simply a different way to spend a weekend, why not be part of the Mind team on a London to Paris bike ride? Cycling through stunning scenery, taking in the culture of another country and making new friends along the way. It s an adventure not to be missed! Full details

Leukaemia Ipswich Bikeathon Kidz – 4 July 2009
The Ipswich Bikeathon is back by popular demand! Kidz get the chance to whizz round Sidegate Primary School on an off-road circuit and each time they complete a lap they get a stamp! Once completed, children receive an Olympic style medal! Parents are also welcome to join in the fun!

Other activities will include stalls, face painting and refreshments

All the sponsorship money raised will be go towards Leukaemia Research’s vital work into finding a cure and improving treatments for blood cancers.
Full details

Kingsbrook Park free cycle day – 4 July
Berkeley Homes (Capital) Plc is hosting a free cycle event at its Kingsbrook Park development in Canterbury on Saturday 4th July. The event is taking place between 11am and 3pm at the developer s stunning site on the corner of Broad Oak and Kingsmead Road. Everyone is invited along to this free event and visitors are urged to bring their cycle with them for the two hour guided cycle tour of Canterbury departing at 1pm.

The event is designed to encourage the local community to adopt a greener, healthier way of travelling in and around Canterbury city, and the event dovetails with Kingsbrook Park s green travel plan, which is in place to encourage residents at the development to cycle more often.

Visitors can look forward to four hours packed full of cycle activities. Berkeley Homes (Capital) Plc has been working closely with SPOKES and local cycle store Downland Cycles to bring the event to fruition. On the day there will be Dr Bike, who will offer practical advice on cycle maintenance and riding style, a free prize draw to win a new cycle, a display of the latest cycles and equipment from Canterbury s Downland Cycles. A fully staffed SPOKES stand that will be packed full of cycle literature (including cycle maps, tourists guides and general cycle information). For more information email cycletour@berkeleygroup.co.uk

Leukaemia North Kent Bikeathon – 5 July 2009
The North Kent Bikeathon takes place at Bromley’s Norman Park. The event promises to be bigger and better than ever before with a 15 or 30 mile route of varied cycling around the North Kent and Surrey borders. Everyone who enters will receive a t-shirt on the day and medals will be awarded to everyone who completes the ride.

It will be a fantastic day out for individuals, families and groups, all whilst raising money for Leukaemia Research s vital work into leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Full details

British Heart Foundation Gower Bike Ride – 5 July 2009
Put your pedal power to the test along the stunning coastline of the Gower peninsula. Cyclists can choose either a 16 mile route or a more challenging 29 mile course.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease. Full details

C2C Cycle Challenge – 11 July 2009

The world famous C2C cycle route will be hosting its first ever mass charity ride this summer to mark its 15th anniversary. The 140-mile coast to coast route s founders are planning the cycle jamboree over two. Cyclists will assemble on Tyneside to be taken by coach to Whitehaven, where they will saddle up and head east.
Raising money for your chosen charity the route goes from Whitehaven to Sunderland via the Northern Lakes and the Pennines.

For further information contact Mark Porter 07767 893790 or email mark@baytreepress.com   

Leukemia Solihull Bikeathon – 12 July 2009  
The 4th Solihull and Warwickshire Bikeathon is organised by the brilliant Knowle and Dorridge Lions.

All routes start and end at the National Trust property, Packwood House, where there will be a BBQ and great picnic spots.
Packwood House is a much-restored 16th Century tudor house with a park and garden with notable topiary and a fascinating civil war history. The walled flower garden offers a riot of colour throughout the season and is the perfect venue for hosting this event. Situated about 7 miles North-West of Warwick, Packwood is 2 miles from Baddesley Clinton Manor House.

There will be a choice of three signposted routes of around 10, 17 or 28 miles along quiet country lanes, passing through picturesque country villages and past local country pubs. The routes all pass the drive to Baddesley Clinton House where there is a ‘2 mile optional add-on’ if you would like to visit the House, gardens or Summer Fair taking place on the day.

All riders will receive a free Leukaemia Research T-shirt, a medal & certificate of achievement on the day. It will be a fantastic day out for individuals, families and groups, all whilst raising money for Leukaemia Research s vital work into leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Full details

NSPCC Big Bike Ride, Buckinghamshire – 12 July, Sussex – 19 July.
Triple Olympic Gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy is backing the 2009 NSPCC Big Bike Ride and calling on cyclists to do the same.

The NSPCC Big Bike Ride, sponsored by Network Rail, is now in its fourth year and is an opportunity for everyone to challenge themselves, do something brilliant with their bikes, and have some fun this summer.

There are two organised events this July in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire and Horsham, Sussex. The NSPCC is encouraging people to get together with friends, family and colleagues to organise their own rides and raise sponsorship for the NSPCC.

Sir Chris said: “I m backing the Big Bike Ride because I wholeheartedly support the NSPCC s plans to extend both its vital ChildLine service and its Helpline for adults who are concerned about a child.”

Money raised from all Big Bike Ride events will go towards the NSPCC s £50 million Child s Voice Appeal which was launched in September 2008 with the aim of funding the expansion and development of both the ChildLine service and the NSPCC Helpline.

The funds will mean that ChildLine s volunteers can counsel over 1 million calls every year and enable the charity to introduce online counselling via ChildLine online and a text service over the coming months. Likewise, the appeal will enable the NSPCC to expand its NSPCC Helpline in order to protect babies, toddlers and other vulnerable children who can t call for themselves. Full details

CARE London to Paris Cycle Challenge – 16 – 19 July 2009

The CARE Challenge Series has partnered with Tall Stories to offer a fantastic London to Paris Cycle Challenge to raise funds for CARE International UK.

This challenge will see individuals or teams of friends and colleagues cycle from London to Paris in 3 days, enjoying the idyllic countryside along the way.

After completing 240 miles, you ll enjoy an unrivalled sense of achievement on reaching Paris. Knowing you ve helped raise much-needed funds to support CARE s work overseas will make your lap of honour around the aptly-name Arc du Triomphe truly significant. Full details

Surrey 100 – 19 July
This is a fund-raising cycling event aimed at all cyclists who are prepared to ride 100 miles for the national charity, Action Medical Research

Starting and finishing in Guildford, this stunning circular route tackles some of the most challenging aspects of the Surrey hills as the North Downs provides cyclists with a dramatic backdrop for this brand new 100 mile ride. The ride will take cyclists through beautiful countryside passing Waverley Abbey and Amberley Castle before putting pedal power to the test over the infamous Box Hill and Leith Hill. The route has been kept as rider friendly as possible, and although some hills are expected along the way, the descents will make up for it.

The entry fee of £25 includes a delicious lunch at the Action Medical Research Head Office, refreshments en-route, a Surrey 100 T-Shirt and a medal.  Full details

Leukaemia London Bikeathon – 19 July 2009
 
The London Bikeathon offers a rare chance to see London’s sights on two wheels. Choose from three route lengths and three different rides – City, Scenic or Challenge We have added some fantastic new features to this year’s ride. We have a brand new start and finish venue at the beautiful Ham House, National Trust property and gardens. Also, for the first time ever, you can choose to cycle the 52 mile Challenge Route from any of our three start venues, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Ham House or Thames Barrier Park.

Whether you want to be part of a fun day out, set yourself a challenge or cycle on fantastic routes through the capital, the London Bikeathon has something for everyone! It will be a fantastic day out for individuals, families and groups, all whilst raising money for Leukaemia Research s vital work into leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers.
Full details
Leukaemia Egremont Bikeathon – 19 July 2009  
The Egremont Bikeathon combines a rural, community spirited event with breath taking hillside and country views. The route meanders past many fields and farms twisting and turning up and down the many hillocks sheltered on both sides by lush green hedgerows and is steeped in the mining history which this area is well known for.

On the route you will witness occasional spectacular views of the Irish Sea to the west and the Lake District Fells to the East, with  Scafell  Englands highest Mountain can be seen in the distance.

It will be a fantastic day out for individuals, families and groups, all whilst raising money for Leukaemia Research s vital work into leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers. Full details

British Heart Foundation London to Southend – 19 July 2009
This fantastic event which takes in the villages and quiet lanes of South Essex is now celebrating its 10th year with the BHF. Kicking off in London s Victoria Park the 59 mile ride, which attracts more than 3,500 riders, finishes at Priory Park in Southend where riders can unwind with a well-deserved massage.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease. Full details  

Surrey 100 Bike Ride – 19 July 2009

Action Medical Research ride takes on some of most challenging aspects of the Surrey hills as the North Downs provides a dramatic backdrop for this brand new circular 100-mile ride. From Guildford the route will take cyclists over the infamous Box Hill and Leith Hill before winding there way along the quiet country lanes into Sussex. Full details

Action Medical Research London to Paris Bike Ride – 22 – 26 July 2009
Action Medical Research can offer the opportunity to cycle from London to Paris in four days with the added bonus of seeing the Tour de France finish on the fifth day of this awesome trip.
Imagine cycling along country roads, meandering through villages, soaking up the sun and enjoying the café stops that line your chosen route.
Over four days you will cycle around 300 miles and with each pedal stroke you take you will be raising vital funds for Action Medical Research and edging closer to the Eiffel Tower. You will also have the opportunity to cycle down the Champs Elysees the day before the Tour de France finishes there.  Full details  

August

Forest of Arden Bike Ride – 9 August 2009
Welcome to the Forest of Arden Charity Bike Ride for Action Medical Research. This ride, which has been running for a number of years, gives the choice of three beautiful routes through the Warwickshire countryside. Starting and finishing at Warwick Race Course, the route takes cyclists along lanes and quiet roads for approximately 30, 60 or 100 miles (50, 100 or 160 km). Refreshments are available at stopping places en route and at the end. The route is well signed and maps and directions will be given on the day. There will be a family barbecue at the racecourse in the afternoon.  Full details

York 100 Bike Ride – 16 August 2009
The historic city of York provides the start of this exciting ride for Action Medical Research. The route has been designed to provide riders with an outstanding overview of the Yorkshire countryside.
Riders will pass through the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds, Howardian Hills and see some fantastic features including the splendid Castle Howard, as featured in both the classic TV series and stunning new film, Brideshead Revisited. This 100-mile route will take cyclists along quiet rolling lanes, through small villages set against a backdrop of amazing scenery.  Full details

Edinburgh to London: Pedal Power the Change – 17 – 23 August
Sports charity Right to Play has teamed up with Mark Cavendish and Team Columbia to stage the first ever Edinburgh to London cycle event.

Edinburgh to London: Pedal Power the Change offers 200 ambitious adventurers the chance to cycle 500 miles from Edinburgh to London along one of the most scenic routes in the country. The challenge runs from 17th – 23rd August with a total of six legs ranging from 54 to 105 miles.

The mass peloton will leave from Edinburgh Castle during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will stop each night at different university towns along the route before reaching the finish line at London s Buckingham Palace. Cyclists will be drawn in by stunning scenery as they wind their way over lowland hills, along rugged coasts and through National Parks all the way to the capital.

The sponsorship pledge for each individual is designed not only to include seven nights accommodation and food along with every level of support throughout the race, but will also fund 60 children to attend the Right To Play Sport for Development Program, a scheme of which has benefited the lives of so many children worldwide. These individual pledges will collectively extend this opportunity to 12,000 children worldwide.
Right To Play is a charity that uses specially designed sport and play programmes to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty and disease. Working in both the humanitarian and development contexts, Right To Play has projects operating in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Full details or contact Will Bennett on 020 7734 7946

Breast Cancer London to Paris Bike Ride – 21 – 24 August 2009

This challenge to fundraise for Breast Cancer is perfect for all cycling lovers and is a great way to get fit as participants tackle the task of cycling nearly 200 miles in just three days. It s designed to push your stamina to the limits, but the beautiful scenery, fantastic people and the sense of achievement you gain make it all worthwhile.

The event begins in London s buzzing city centre where you ll meet your new cycling comrades. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the capital behind, you ll then begin a picturesque journey through the leafy suburbs of England before catching the ferry at Newhaven to the French city of Dieppe. The final day includes a relaxing ride through the French countryside before gearing yourself up for the last leg of the challenge, a testing 79 miles, until you reach your final destination and enjoy a celebratory welcome underneath the Eiffel Tower. Go to Breast Cancer Campaign or contact the events team on 020 7749 3700 or email treks@breastcancercampaign.org   

The Anthony Nolan Trust Surrey/Sussex Bike Ride – 23 August

Raise funds for The Anthony Nolan Trust whilst cycling a choice of 17, 50 and 75 miles around beautiful countryside of Surrey and Sussex.
 
For further details please contact Anna Spencer on 01730 815786 or email anna.spencer@anthonynolan.org.uk   

A 100-mile challenge from Bristol and Bath to London – 30 August 2009
The Action 100 Bike Ride challenge is aimed at cyclists who are prepared to ride 100 miles in one day for charity secure in the knowledge that all support is on hand to help participants complete the distance. In 2008, we are delighted to have worked with our sponsors, Barcan Woodward Solicitors.

The idea came from Brenda Dickinson, a fundraiser for Action Medical Research. She asked 100 riders to take part in a 100-mile bike ride and raise £100 each – and the first Action 100 Bike Ride was born.
Now, 27 years later, the ride is still going strong and a group of volunteers still organise this annual event to raise much needed funds for the charity. To date the ride has raised more than £965,000 and we hope that with your help, we will break through the £1 million mark. Full details

September

British Heart Foundation Exmoor Bike Marathon – 5 September 2009
This 100km endurance event takes in the spectacular landscape of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. Training is a must to complete the challenging ride and you will be provided with guidelines on registration.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease.

As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease. Full details

The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride – 6th September  
The Prostate Cancer Charity is delighted to announce that it has teamed up with the Tour of Britain to produce an exclusive cycling event.

The Prostate Cancer Charity is rolling out the Tour of Britain to amateur cyclists. For the first time ever, on the 6th September, members of the general public can take part in a stage of the official tour on the same route that the professionals use.

Starting and finishing at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke on Trent and taking in some breathtaking peak district scenery there are rides for all ages and abilities. There are three challenges on offer, 145km full tour stage, 70km half the stage or enjoy a countryside circuit with the family of 20km.

The Tour of Britain is the UK s premier cycling event. The Tour takes in 8 stages across the UK over 8 days in September with professional cyclists battling it out for the coveted yellow jersey. Full details

Mind London to Paris – 9-13 September  
Whether you are looking for a challenge, or simply a different way to spend a weekend, why not be part of the Mind team on a London to Paris bike ride? Cycling through stunning scenery, taking in the culture of another country and making new friends along the way. It s an adventure not to be missed!  Full details

MacRide at Stratford-upon-Avon – 13 September 2009
Ride two circular routes – 63 miles (100Km), 25 miles (40Km) or there’s a 10 mile family ride to suit all cycling abilities. Each loop is based on the same course with a great refreshment stop.

Five years running, over 95% of the money raised goes towards Macmillan Cancer Support. The charity guides people through the system, supporting them every step of the way. Monies raised are put towards funding nurses, other specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres.  

Farleigh Hospice Cycle for Life – 13th September
Have fun with family and friends and experience the beauty of the Essex Rodings as you ‘Cycle for Life’ for Farleigh Hospice.
The 50km route visits all eight of the beautiful Essex Rodings, whist the shorter 20km route, which is ideal for the beginner or younger cyclist, visits the villages of Pleshy, Great Waltham and Mashbury.  Last year 690 people took part in a day that was full of fun for all ages, and between them they raised a fantastic £46,800 in sponsorship. 
Cyclists must register prior to the event by contacting Farleigh Hospice for a registration form on 01245 457408 or alternatively you can register online  

There is a £10 registration fee for adults and £5 for children which goes towards the cost of a T-shirt, a personalised sponsorship form and administration of the event. The closing date for registration is 28th August 2009.


The Prostate Cancer Charity London Tour Ride – 19th September
 
The Prostate Cancer Charity is delighted to announce that it has teamed up with the Tour of Britain to produce an exclusive cycling event. Welcome the Tour of Britain to the country s capital on the 19th September.

Enjoy a morning filled with a colourful spectacle of British cycling. Starting on Westminster Bridge, the 18km course takes in Big Ben, Whitehall, Tower of London and the London Eye. With an audience in excess of 120,000 fans, friends and family, you are guaranteed to have an amazing day. Full details

Essex 100 Bike Ride – 20 September 2009
The last in the Action Medical Research 100 mile rides is a twisting and turning route along quiet lanes in the Essex countryside while the inclines will give a few challenges. The route also offers up some of the best rural outlooks as cyclists pass through the villages and farmlands of the county. Thatched cottages, manor houses, ancient churches and even the odd windmill all feature on this interesting route. Full details

The Chile Cycle Challenge – 24 September – 4th October 2009

Computer Aid, which provides computers to schools and hospitals in developing countries, invites cycling professionals and enthusiasts to join them for some hardcore cycling across one of the most stunning landscapes on earth. This September adventure will see each cyclist raise enough funds to provide a full computer lab for a school.

Each rider will have five full days  cycling through Patagonia, Chile s final frontier, which provides unsurpassed scenery and some of the greatest cycling in the southern hemisphere. Your off-the-beaten-track adventure will see you, or team from your company, cycling into the Chilean wilderness, via solitary villages, volcanic landscape, mountains, lush rainforest, turquoise-blue lakes to the renowned granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park. You will also get the opportunity to visit a Chilean school using PCs provided by Computer Aid, to see at first hand the benefits of your support. Go to Computer Aid, or contact Stephen Campbell on 020 8361 5540 or email chile@computeraid.org   

Build Moore 25th-28th September



A stunning three day charity bike ride from London to Paris encompassing some of the most spectacular and beautiful areas of England and France. 
The route covers approximately 200 miles/323kms, mostly on minor roads and lanes. It is a challenging expedition, but achievable through training and is a fantastic opportunity to do something amazing.
 
All proceeds, after the deduction of event costs, will be split between the two benefiting charities: The Bobby Moore Fund raises money for research into bowel cancer and also public awareness of the disease and Article 25 is the built environment’s charity for development and disaster relief, which builds schools, clinics and homes for communities worldwide wherever there is disaster, poverty or need. 
For more information or to register please visit: www.buildmoore.org
 

Palace to Palace – 27th September 2009

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust is challenging 3,000 cyclists to get on their bikes for a right royal ride, in the largest cycling event in the history of The Trust. Cycle from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle while raising funds to help get unemployed young people into work.

Participants will embark on a stunning route along the River Thames and through three royal parks, before being pampered with luxurious treats in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle. 

Prince’s Trust ambassador Dame Kelly Holmes joined an army of cyclists riding a total of 100,000 miles last year. The Palace to Palace bike ride has raised more than £300,000 in just three years. 

Cyclists will need to pay a non-refundable £30 registration fee and aim to raise at least £45 sponsorship money – that’s just £1 a mile.

Full details 


Conquer the Castles – 25 – 27 September  
Sustrans throws open a three-day sponsored cycling challenge covering 176-miles of the magnificent coasts and castles south cycle route will take place this autumn in support of Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity.
 
Entries are now welcome from anyone eager to take the challenge, either as an individual or as a team. The ride will follow National Routes 1 and 76 of the National Cycle Network. Historical sites like Hadrian’s Wall and Arthur’s Seat will feature on the trip, as well as the dramatic Edinburgh Castle at the ride’s end in the Scottish capital.

Other ride highlights will include crossing the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a picnic overlooking the unspoilt island of Lindisfarne, and an exclusive tour and dinner at the medieval Alnwick Castle, where parts of the new Harry Potter film were made.  To find out more about the ride or to request an application pack, visit www.sustrans.org.uk or call 0117 381 2354 or email

October

Women for Women Cycle Jordan 3-10 Oct 2009 and 11-18 Oct 2009
More than a thousand women have taken part in Professor Robert Winston s women-only cycling challenges around the world raising funds to improve the health of women and babies. Be part of the ninth challenge – a spectacular 300km cycle ride through the Jordan Valley to the shores of the Red Sea, visiting the red rock city of Petra along the way. Contact email events@actionforcharity.co.uk   

La Vuelta – 14 – 18 October 2009
This is a ride for experienced cyclists who like their challenges to be as dramatic as the scenery they bike through. Raising funds for Action Medical Research projects, in the striking landscapes of La Vuelta, the Tour of Spain.
Cyclists will ride sections of this famous Spanish route including the notorious climb of Puerto la Ragua that reaches heights of more than 2,000 meters. The itinerary will include a 100-mile day and take in the tough and dramatic Sierra Nevada Mountains. However cyclists can look forward to celebrating their success with champagne on the shores of the Mediterranean. Full details

November

The Big Heart Bike Ride Sinai 7-15 November
This is an opportunity to challenge yourself to raise funds to fight heart disease in an amazing location – the stunning Sinai Desert in Egypt. The third Big Heart Bike Ride challenge takes place in The Sinai triangle, twice the size of Belgium, and part of the Sahara Belt. We will cycle past narrow wadis, colourful canyons and rugged granite mountains camping out under the stars on two nights and finishing on the shores of the Red Sea. Highlights include a visit to the magnificent pyramids at Giza and an optional sunrise climb of Mount Sinai.
If you know anyone who has heart problems or heart disease or if you would like to stop heart problems ruining millions of lives take positive action and join The Big Heart Bike Ride. Contact email events@actionforcharity.co.uk   

The Trust for Sports Tetraplegics REGAIN 27 November – 6 December
Join REGAIN s 11th cycling challenge – an amazing 450km ride over five days from Vietnam s lively Ho Chi Minh City to historic Angkor Wat in Cambodia. As for previous events the charity is encouraging tetraplegic hand cyclists to take up the challenge alongside able-bodied cyclists.

This exciting bike ride will take us from Vietnam s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to the temples of Angkor Wat, a world heritage site regarded as one of the wonders of the world. Along the way we will experience some of the most breathtaking scenery in South East Asia.

Numerous highlights include the chance to explore the fascinating city of Saigon; to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground network used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, and to see the magnificent Caodai Great Temple in Cambodia.

Our journey will be tough, but it will be full of fun and friendship as we cycle through villages and emerald green paddy fields to Cambodia where we continue through arid countryside to the Mekong River at Neak Lung. Our final day s cycling is from the ancient bridge at Kampong Kdei to incredible Angkor Wat. Contact email events@actionforcharity.co.uk

December

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  • www.cyclingweekly.co.uk

    Charity rides 2009 calendar.. Keen 🙂

  • Darren Fairfield

    Could you please e-mail me when this years 2010 Leukaemia Grimsby bikeathon will be held,as me and my family would like to take part.

    Many Thanks

    Darren Fairfield