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Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

4 July 2021 On Sale
Duration 1 day

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £45
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

To take part in the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike, we ask you to raise a minimum of £100 each for Women V Cancer.

This can make a real difference for people affected by breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

£150

£150 would fund Jo’s “Ask the Expert” service for a day, buy a bottle of serum for Ovarian Cancer Action’s scientists to culture cells in the lab and enable Breast Cancer Now to send out 500 leaflets to doctor surgeries in the UK promoting breast checking and highlighting the symptoms of breast cancer, so that more women can catch it early before it spreads.

£500
£500 will educate over 1,000 women, including those in high risk groups, about ovarian and cervical cancers and their symptoms, while funding one day’s use of specialised microscopes for research into how breast cancer develops and spreads.

£1,000
£1,000 could enable OCA scientists to detect the types of DNA at high risk of ovarian cancer and fund two specialist nurses on the Breast Cancer Now helpline for a day, while also funding the recruitment and training of one volunteer for Jo’s helpline, who will go on to support hundreds of women per year.

The more money you raise on this challenge, the higher percentage of that money will go directly towards the charities – and the bigger impact you will make in our mission against cancer.

Join the 500 club!

If you raise £500 or more by Friday 4th June you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey. 

Please take a look at our Dream Journal for seasonal fundraising ideas to fuel your inspiration. We will also send you these in the lead up to the challenge.

Set up your Just Giving account for the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride here.

Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021

Join Women V Cancer for our spectacular 10-year anniversary ride from London to Brighton - and for one event only, men are welcome too!

On Sunday 4th July 2021 hundreds of people from all cycles of life will come together and pedal a whopping 100km for Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Kicking off bright and early in South London (venue TBC), we’ll meet for registration and an awesome warm-up. Then you’ll set off in waves to conquer our clearly marked and marshalled route to the famous Brighton Pier.

You’ll see South England like you’ve never seen it before, as you ride through city, town and countryside for our life-saving cause. With fabulous Feed Stations, including an energising buffet lunch, and hundreds of inspiring people cycling at your side, you’ll be buzzing all the way to Brighton Pier.

And bright it will be! We'll welcome you across that finish line with a sparkling celebration. Now donning your official Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 medal, you can kick back and enjoy the music, entertainment and speeches from our three invaluable Women V Cancer charities!

From here, you’ll make your own way home, ready to take on your next challenge!

For one event only: Women & Men V Cancer

For this 10-year anniversary Women V Cancer event, we’re opening our arms to all the sexes, including the men who have supported our Women V Cancer heroes.

2021 will mark the Women V Cancer 10-year anniversary and we want to make an even bigger impact in the battle against cancer and raise a whopping £5 million for Ovarian Cancer Action, Breast Cancer Now and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Ladies, bring your husbands, brothers, sons and friends along and cycle together for countless people affected by cancer!

Places are limited for this special, one-off challenge so please register today to secure your place.

Set up your JustGiving Page

Please click here to set up your Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 JustGiving page.

Want all this info in one pretty PDF document?
Get all the details you need about the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 in our downloadable information pack here.

Handy resources for our Riders:

Please click the links below to download:

Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 poster

Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 Sponsorship Form

Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 Training Plan

Your itinerary

From 6am
Check-in Opens

Join us from 6am for registration at our fabulous start venue in South London.

We'll have a Registration point, an Information Desk, Charity Stalls and porter loos, but there won't be changing facilities, so please come in your cycling gear.

Once checked in, you'll get a chance to embrace the exciting atmosphere with our energising warmup. Take this chance to make friends before you set off. We'll have a Lone Riders meet-up, where anyone who has signed up solo can meet and conquer the challenge together.

After a challenge briefing from our Route Director, Andy Cook Cycling (the genius behind Ride the Night and our London to Paris events), you'll be called to your start wave.

From 7am
Staggered Starts

You will be set off in groups of seventy-five people at two-minute intervals.

Each start wave has a limited number of spaces and the earlier ones are likely to fill up super fast, so please register now to secure your preferred start time.

Our route is approx. 100km - the same as our flagship Women V Cancer challenge, Ride the Night, and will take you out of London, along quiet roads through South East England all the way to Brighton Pier.

We'll have Feed Stations along the way; shorter refreshment stops and a longer one for a gorgeous buffet lunch. Of course, there will be gluten-free and vegan options available. Each Feed Station will also have first aid support, bike mechanics and toilet facilities.

Our London to Brighton Bike Ride is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete the 100km route in about five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to ten hours.

The cut off time is 8pm, but no-one will be left behind, as we will have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists.

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Funding options

Sponsorship

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!

£100

minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £45 which is used to cover the administrative costs and secure your place on the event.
  • We ask you to raise a minimum of £100 for the Women V Cancer charities.
  • There is no fundraising deadline. We just ask that you pay your charitable funds in before the JustGiving page closes three months after the event.
  • The more money you raise on this challenge, the higher percentage of that money will go directly towards the charities – and the bigger impact you will make in our mission against cancer.
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FAQs
Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021

The Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride isn't designed for Olympic athletes. It's designed for people from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to train and get fit for.

Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) is a challenge, but it's definitely achievable with a reasonable amount of training.

A number of people who will take part in this exciting challenge will have a low fitness level when they sign up. Women V Cancer London to Brighton is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, all whilst raising funds for three amazing charities.

We will email you a realistic training plan as soon as you register for the event. This training plan builds up over time, to get you from couch to 100km, so you'll be raring to go by the time the cycle comes around.

Can't wait? Click here to see the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 Training Plan.

You must be at least 18 years old to take part in this challenge, unless given permission by Dream Challenges.
There is no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about this event is that people of all ages and from all cycles of life will come together to do something very special for a vital cause.

To take part in the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike, we ask you to raise a minimum of £100 each for Women V Cancer.

This can make a real difference for people affected by breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

£150 would fund Jo’s “Ask the Expert” service for a day, buy a bottle of serum for Ovarian Cancer Action’s scientists to culture cells in the lab and enable Breast Cancer Now to send out 500 leaflets to doctor surgeries in the UK promoting breast checking and highlighting the symptoms of breast cancer, so that more women can catch it early before it spreads.

£500 will educate over 1,000 women, including those in high risk groups, about ovarian and cervical cancers and their symptoms, while funding one day’s use of specialised microscopes for research into how breast cancer develops and spreads.

£1,000 could enable OCA scientists to detect the types of DNA at high risk of ovarian cancer and fund two specialist nurses on the Breast Cancer Now helpline for a day, while also funding the recruitment and training of one volunteer for Jo’s helpline, who will go on to support hundreds of women per year.

The more money you raise on this challenge, the higher percentage of that money will go directly towards the charities – and the bigger impact you will make in our mission against cancer.

Join the 500 Club!
If you raise £500 or more by Friday 4th June (ie. one month before the event) you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey (please note this is per person not as a team).

Set up your Just Giving account for the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride here.

Please take a look at our Dream Journal for seasonal fundraising ideas to fuel your inspiration. We will also send you these in the lead up to the challenge.

No, there is no fundraising deadline. We just ask to receive your sponsorship target of £100 within a couple of months after the event. All the funds you raise on your Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 JustGiving page will go directly to Women V Cancer, so you don't need to do anything else.

If you collect any offline donations, please send them in within a couple of months after you complete the challenge. Please note that checks can expire, so we encourage you to send them in sooner rather than later.

Please click here to download your Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 Sponsorship Form.

We haven't yet finalised the route for the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021, but we will be sure to send it to all participants as soon as it is confirmed. 

We're delighted to say that the route, which will amount to approx. 100km, will be designed by Andy Cook Cycling, the genius behind our Ride the Night and London to Paris routes.

The route will be all on road and we'll keep to quieter roads wherever possible to avoid traffic.

We'll have three Feed Stations along the way, including a fabulous buffet lunch. All three will include gluten free and vegan options.

Our route will be clearly signposted with marshalls throughout, so there's no chance of you getting lost.

 

The registration fee of £45 does not go to the Women V Cancer charities and is used to cover the administrative costs of the event and to pay Dream Challenges the organisers.

The event costs (approx 25 - 30% of the £100 sponsorship target) cover:

  • Our start/finish venues
  • Pre-event warm-up and post-event entertainment, with music and speeches, charity and supplier stalls and a variety of refreshments available for you and your supporters to purchase
  • Fully signposted route from London to Brighton with marshals
  • Buffet lunch and Feed Stations en route, with a variety of tasty refreshments, water and hot drinks (vegan and gluten free options available)
  • Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 medal
  • Bicycle mechanics (both roaming and at the start/finish)
  • First aid support (both roaming and at the start/finish)
  • Control Room in operation throughout the event, with medical and route staff who can locate where you are for any non 999 emergencies and get you help as soon as possible.
  • Bag drop and luggage transportation from the start venue to the finish venue.
  • Your Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 resources, including training plan, sponsorship forms and Rider Pack, with your Rider Manual, Bike Number and Rider Number

The more money raised by participants on the challenge, the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the three charities.

Click here to set up your Just Giving account for the Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride 2021 and please try your best to exceed the minimum target.

We're on the lookout for Ride Makers and Ride Angels (volunteers) for this event, so if you have any friends/family members/loved ones that want to join the cause but can't commit to the challenge, please apply to be a Ride Maker/Angel.

We have a range of Ride Maker roles for both men and women, from helping out at registration to supervising the bike racks to supplying riders with well-deserved snacks, refreshments and hot drinks at Feed Stations.

If you're interested in joining us as a Ride Maker, please email us directly at events@dream-challenges.com.

 

You need to bring your own bike and a cycling helmet is essential. 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.

Need to hire a bike?

We're delighted to have British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride. You will need to book your bike in advance from the British Bike Hire website. We'll let you know when bookings become available. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact British Bike Hire directly at info@birtishbikehire.co.uk

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. You are also more than welcome to use an electric bike.

We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems.

Need to hire a bike?

We're delighted to have British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride. 

Please book your bike in advance from the British Bike Hire website here - and get a fabulous 15% discount before 31st May 2020! Simply enter the code BBH21 when booking your bike.

If you have any questions or would like more information about British Bike Hire, please contact them directly at info@birtishbikehire.co.uk

We will send you details of this once our starting venue in South London is finalised.

There's lots of nearby accommodation near both our start and finish venues at a range of rates for you to choose from. Why not celebrate your incredible achievement by staying in Brighton for a mini-break?

We recommend you book your room as soon as possible to get a better rate.

Our start venue in South London (TBC) will be extremely well connected, as is Brighton Pier, where the challenge will finish.

If you plan to use public transport, please check the operator for bike restrictions. Useful links for this are:

Getting back to London

We'll have coaches and bicycle transportation from Brighton to our start venue at the end of the challenge, which you can book at an additional cost. We ask you to please book your ticket in advance so that we can ensure there are enough seats available for anyone who needs a lift.

We'll send you the details and pricing of this closer to the event, once we've finalised our starting venue.

Please note there are no set times, coaches will leave when they’re full.

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.

There will be bike mechanics at the start of the challenge, at all of the Feed Stations 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've had quite a few people asking if you need to do anything to get the money on your JustGiving page to the Women V Cancer charities - and the good news is, you don't as it's all done automatically! 

IMPORTANT: please make sure you set up your JustGiving page for Women V Cancer London to Brighton Bike Ride - otherwise, the funds you raise won't go to the Women V Cancer charities and we won't be able to include you in the top fundraiser contest.

If you have chosen to fundraise together and have set up a joint JustGiving account that covers two or more people – please email us the link to the page and the full names of the people the page is for. 

All funds paid onto your JustGiving page are automatically sent to Women V Cancer, so you do not need to do anything else.

We'll have coaches and bicycle transportation from Brighton to our start venue at the end of the challenge, which you can book at an additional cost. We ask you to please book your ticket in advance so that we can ensure there are enough seats available for anyone who needs a lift.

We'll send you the details and pricing of this closer to the event, once we've finalised our starting venue.

Please note there are no set times, coaches will leave when they’re full.

Brighton has fantastic public transport links but only a limited number of bikes will be allowed on board, so we strongly recommend you book a seat on our coach. We will have another vehicle to transport all passenger bikes securely back to London - so remember to pick it up when you alight! (Your bicycle transportation is included in your coach ticket cost).

Local train services in Brighton will only permit a limited amount of bikes so we strongly advise you arrange to be picked up from Brighton or book our bike and coach transport (subject to availability).

Absolutely! We will have a secure bag drop at the start venue in London, where you can leave the things you won't need on the ride.

Once all start waves have set off, we will transport the bags to the finish venue in Brighton for collection once you complete the cycle.

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