Challenge level: 2 out of 5
|5 May 2018||On Sale|
|26 May 2018||On Sale|
Women V Cancer Ride the Night is back for 2018 and it is set to be bigger and better than ever!
Due to the huge demand for places on this iconic challenge we will be offering two challenge dates (5 May 2018 and 26 May 2018). Over the last four years, thousands of women have cycled through London at night and raised almost £5 million. Join this amazing team of women and help raise funds to fight women’s cancers.
The challenge is on to cycle 100km throughout the night on a circular route starting and finishing at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse. The route will take you into London past famous landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and many more!
It will be a challenging ride that is achievable with plenty of training beforehand. The friendship and camaraderie along the way however will be very special as women of all ages and from all walks of life come together to do something amazing.
Please note places are very limited and sell out every year.
Amazing experience that I'll never forget! It was so well organised and everyone was so enthusiastic.Alice
Check-in will open from 6 pm and the first group of women will set off at 9 pm. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and atmosphere of the Royal Windsor Racecourse with pre-event warm-ups, refreshments and entertainment, including motivational music and speeches! We encourage you to relax and make new friends, before you're called to your start wave. With thousands of you all dressed up in bright and beautiful outfits, it's also a great time for a selfie or ten.
You will be set off in groups of 75 women at 2 minute intervals. You can select your start time when registering (9.00pm, 9.30pm, 10pm or 10.30pm). Each start wave has a limited number of spaces so please register now to secure your preferred start time. There are three rest stops along the way. Each rest stop will have water and snacks available plus first aid support, bike mechanics and toilet facilities. Ride the Night is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete Ride the Night in 4 hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to 8 hours. The cut off time is 7am on Sunday morning but no-one will be left behind as we will have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists. There is free parking for all participants at the start/finish point at Royal Windsor Racecourse. There won't be any changing or showering facilities so please come prepared in your cycling clothing.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that will directly support those affected by women's cancers!
Minimum sponsorship target
In return we provide a fully signposted route, marshals, water and snack stops, a pasta supper before the ride starts, free car parking at Royal Windsor Racecourse, pink hi-viz cycling vest, cycle number, medal, roaming bicycle mechanics and first aid support etc. The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the three charities. You are therefore encouraged to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
You need to bring your own bike and a cycling helmet is essential. It is also essential that you have front and rear lights fitted on your bike. Please bring spare batteries too. We provide bike mechanics but do ask that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike, should you get a puncture on the challenge.
The cycle route is all on road – therefore we recommend using a road or hybrid bike. If you plan to use a mountain bike we would advise fitting road tyres for the challenge. We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems. Bike hire is available from British Bike Hire www.britishbikehire.com. Please ensure you book your bike online well in advance.
Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) at night is a challenge but something that is definitely achievable with a reasonable amount of training. A number of the women who will take part in this exciting challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. Women V Cancer Ride the Night is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, all whilst raising funds for three amazing causes. We will e-mail you training guidelines to help you get fit for the challenge.
It is vital that you follow the Highway Code throughout the challenge. Please note that there will not be road closures on this challenge. The route is well lit and on quieter roads wherever possible - however once you arrive in central London there will be traffic and you should be confident to deal with this. We recommend that you don't ride alone at any part of the challenge. We also ask that you respect the local residents along the route and keep noise levels to a minimum. There will be a safety briefing online and a short safety briefing prior to setting off on the night of the challenge. It is very important that you are visible to road users. We will provide you with a Women V Cancer Ride the Night hi-viz vest to wear on the challenge. It is essential that you have working front and rear bicycle lights for the duration of the challenge and that you bring spare batteries for them. It is recommend that you wear additional hi-viz clothing.
There will be bike mechanics at the start of the challenge, at all of the rest stops and roaming mechanics along the route. We recommend servicing your bike before the challenge and that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike.
We have public liability insurance. However we cannot insure your bicycle on this challenge, so please make sure your bicycle is covered on your home contents insurance or that you take out a specialist bicycle cover.
If you don't reach your fundraising target you a can either top up the additional funds yourself or simply forfeit your place on the challenge and lose your registration fee.
“Amazing experience that I'll never forget! It was so well organised and everyone was so enthusiastic.
“The night was amazing! A HUGE thank you too to the marvellous marshals who remained cheerful and helpful.
“We had so much fun, thank you all for giving us the opportunity to take part in a truly incredible event.
“I had such an amazing time, I think it was the most enjoyable ride I have ever done!