Wednesday 29th July 2020
The pro cycling season has restarted but already we're seeing some teams and riders pull out on health concerns, is this an omen for future races and what will happen if there's outbreaks or restrictions imposed in host countries? Uncertainty definitely dominates the racing world at the moment. Looking domestically, sportives across the land have all but dried up due to obvious reasons but there's still opportunities to raise money for charities and to conquer some challenges...
Ride To Victory
Calling all cyclists - cycle 75 miles to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) on 15 August and raise vital funds for veteran’s mental health. VJ Day in 1945 marked the end of the Second World War, with British troops returning home bearing not just physical but psychological scars of combat, traumatised by what they had experienced.
Today thousands of former servicemen and women from conflicts ranging from the Second World War to Afghanistan depend on Combat Stress’ specialist mental health services to rebuild their lives. To commemorate VJ Day and raise funds to continue its life-changing services, Combat Stress has launched a new virtual cycling event – Ride to Victory. With RideLondon cancelled, it’s a great way for those disappointed cyclists to prove their ability after months of training.
Ride to Victory has no physical race start line. How and where people complete the challenge is up to them, meaning the event can be turned into a personal challenge. Cycle 75 miles in one day, beat a personal best by cycling 75 miles as fast as possible, or turn it into a team challenge and divide the distance between your family – the possibilities are endless. Simply register online, dust off the bicycle, and get started.
Robert Marsh, Director of Fundraising at Combat Stress, said: “It would be fantastic to see as many people as possible sign up to take part in Ride to Victory. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your support for former servicemen and women while improving your own physical and mental wellbeing. Combat Stress provides unique life-changing and often life-saving support to veterans in the UK with complex mental health problems. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for our specialist services remains critical, so having the support of the public is vital to ensure we can continue being there to empower veterans, rebuild families and save lives.”
The event costs just £20 (or £16 early bird) to register to take part. Participants are also encouraged to try to raise as much as they can in sponsorship. Prizes are up for grabs for reaching various fundraising milestones, and those who reach £750 will receive a special commemorative ‘Hero’s Poppy’. To find out more and to register, visit: https://www.combatstress.org.uk/support-us/ride-to-victory
Cycle 300 Challenge
Cancer Research UK has the perfect solution for those looking for a new cycling challenge this autumn. Cycle 300 challenges cyclists to complete a total of 300 miles during the month of September to raise money for the charity’s life-saving research. Participants are in control of how the distance is covered, whether it’s tackling a few miles a day exploring a local area, taking on a spin class, racking up 75 miles over each weekend, or attempting the ultimate challenge of all 300 miles in just two days.
New for 2020, Cycle 300 has integrated with the Strava app. This will give participants the opportunity to keep on top of targets and track distance and show their miles on their fundraising page to encourage more donations. Sarah Pickersgill, head of events marketing at Cancer Research UK said: “Cycle 300 is back for a fourth year and we want even more people to sign up and take part. The challenge provides a brilliant way to keep active for a good cause, have fun and whether signing up with a group of friends or taking on the challenge alone, there are lots of different ways to complete the miles.
“During these times, support for our life-saving work has never been more vital. The money raised by Cycle 300 will help us continue to make progress for people affected by cancer.”
To sign up for a free fundraising pack visit: www.cruk.org/cycle300
Pedal To Empower
World Bicycle Relief (WBR) today announces ‘Pedal to Empower,’ a global ride taking place on 12th September where participants create their own DIY adventure to raise money for the charity. The event will focus on the work WBR is doing across the world to tackle gender inequality through helping girls and women better access education and healthcare through the humble bicycle.
How Pedal to Empower Works
Pedal to Empower is open to riders of all abilities, and simply involves setting a personal challenge on 12th September - whether commuting, riding about town, using an indoor trainer or tackling a long ride.
Participants can create their own fundraising page on the WBR website or Pedal to Empower app to receive a virtual toolkit with tasks and challenges to inspire them along the way. WBR has partnered with route planning app and website Komoot to help users map out the perfect ride.
The challenge is free to enter, with a minimum fundraising target of £120, or the cost of one Buffalo Bike. WBR has also teamed up with apparel partner Stolen Goat to encourage fundraising efforts for Pedal to Empower. Participants will earn exciting incentives for they different amounts of money they raise:
£25 raised will earn riders a WBR pin badge
£120 (the cost of one Buffalo Bike) raised will earn riders a Stolen Goat Nik mascot in WBR kit
£240 raised will earn riders a Stolen Goat x WBR socks and bandido
£600 raised will earn riders a Stolen Goat x WBR zebra striped t-shirt
£1,200 raised will earn riders a for a Stolen Goat x WBR jersey