The 10 Best sponsored cycle rides
Whether it's pedalling through Dorset or from John O'Groats to Land's End, we look at the best ways to raise money and keep fit
Wednesday 15 May 2013
A 300-mile cycle from the centre of London to the Eifel Tower, this is a five-day ride that takes in many of the villages and market towns of northern France. Accommodation is in mid-range hotels with buffet lunches to fuel your ride.
11-15 September, registration fee; £149, sponsorship target; £1,550, nspcc.org.uk/londontoparis
A well-organised 60-mile ride with a great atmosphere that sees around 5,000 cyclists ride through the night. There are two rest stops, but be warned about the final gruelling climb up Devil’s Dyke.
13-14 July, registration; £35, bhf.org.uk
A spooky themed ride through London where everyone is encouraged to don fancy dress. There are plenty of snack stops and a hot meal of pumpkin soup at the half-way point. Expect the prizes for the best costume to be hotly contested.
25-26 October, moonriders.co.uk
With three different distances to suit cyclists of all abilities, this unique urban ride uses a 13-mile circuit through Manchester and Trafford. The ride starts and finishes at the Etihad Campus.
30 June, greatcycle.org
From one of the leading organisers of women-only bike rides and supported by Olympic legend Victoria Pendleton, this is an all-ability 37km ride in South Wales with a free massage at the finish.
9 June, registration; £35, humanrace.co.uk
For the off-road cycles out there, this is a challenging 50km ride around central Dorset that takes in the beautiful autumnal countryside in a circular route around Dorchester.
8 September, free for charity riders, dorsetdirt.co.uk
Cycle rides in Britain don’t get much longer than this one; a whopping 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats. You might want to put in a bit of training before the start, and brace yourself for a monstrous appetite at every stop-off during this 10-day marathon, which hits 100 miles a day.
31 August-10 September, registration; £299, minimum sponsorship target; £3,500, ukend2end.com
This is a tough cycle ride that starts at the heart of team GB cycling; the Manchester Velodrome, before whizzing down 250 miles of road to the Olympic park. It’s not a race, rather an endurance challenge – you have just 24 hours to make the finish.
8-9 June, registration fee; £99, sponsorship; £450, alzheimers.org.uk
For spectacular views through some of England’s most beautiful countryside, look no further than this four-day ride. The stunning route snakes through the the Lake District National Park and the Dales before finishing in the historic town of Whitby.
12-16 June, registration; £149, sponsorship; £1050, discoveradventure.com
A fun ride linking London, Amsterdam and Brussels. Expect plenty of opportunity to sample local fare, sip the odd beer and experience the history of three unique cities during this five-day, 310-mile ride.
10-14 September, registration; £99, sponsorship; £1,500, action.org.uk
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