Top charity bike rides for 2014
Taking part in a charity bike ride is a great way to get on your bike, get fit and make a difference all at the same time. They come in all shapes and sizes, from a five mile family outing to a 1,000 mile epic voyage.
Here's our quick guide to a few of the UK's top charity bike rides for 2014...
The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle
Sunday 23 March
If it’s a fun, family-friendly charity bike ride you’re looking for, then look no further. On Sunday 23 March you and the family can set off on a 3, 25 or 50 mile bike ride for charity in London, Manchester or Glasgow. If you can’t make it to one of the official events, don’t worry – you can organise your own sponsored bike ride with Sport Relief’s handy fundraising kit. Find out more.
NSPCC Lands’ End to John O’Groats Cycle
May and September
Pedalling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats is the UK’s ultimate challenge. This year the NSPCC are offering experienced cyclists the opportunity to take on this legendary ride in May and September. So, what’s the reward for taking on this challenge, we hear you say? Well, riding through some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, raising a heap of cash for charity and the overwhelming sense of pride you’ll feel when you cross the finish line in Scotland, of course. Find out more.
Hero Ride 2014
Sunday 8 June
The Hero Ride 2014 is a series of challenging bike rides stretching from Edinburgh to Belgium, organised by Help for Heroes. Supporters are encouraged to join one of the pre-planned routes or organise their own ‘do it yourself’ Hero Ride on the same day. Whether you join the Tartan Express in Edinburgh, the Puffing Pedallers in Wiltshire or complete your own Hero Ride, it’s a fantastic way to show your support.
Great Manchester Cycle
Sunday 29 June
Set in the urban oasis that is Manchester city centre, the Great Manchester Cycle is a unique event that offers cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to take part. Riders can choose to complete a 13, 26 or 52 mile circuit across the city centre from the Etihad Campus to Old Trafford. There’s a wide range of charities involved with this event including Cancer Research UK, The Christie and The Stroke Association.
British Heart Foundation London to Brighton bike ride
Various dates: June-September
The legendary British Heart Foundation London to Brighton bike ride is back and this year it’s bigger than ever, with three rides taking place in June, July and September. So whether you’re a roadie, a night owl or a ‘bring on the mud’ off-roader, there’s a BHF charity bike ride for you. These rides are ideal if you’re looking to challenge yourself and break the 50 mile barrier.
Marie Curie Cancer Care London to Paris Cycle Challenge
If you’re looking for a big challenge, how about covering 300km in just three days in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care? This long weekend challenge is an amazing opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to ride from the historic streets of London to Paris’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower. What’s more, you’ll arrive in the French capital ahead of the finale to the world’s biggest bike race, the Tour de France. Find out more.
Macmillan Cycletta Cheshire
Sunday 28 September
Starting from the picturesque Tatton Park in Knutsford, Macmillan Cycletta Cheshire is one most the popular events in the Cycletta series of women-only bike rides. Designed to appeal to women of all ages and abilities, riders can choose between a short, medium or long route. As well as riding the route, you’ll enjoy a host of entertainment throughout the day and leave with your very own Cycletta memento.
So whether you’re looking to start cycling again or you want to complete your first 100 mile bike ride, why not raise some money for your favourite charity along the way?
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