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Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2021

Challenge level: 2 out of 5

When can I go?

29 May 2021 On Sale
Duration 1 day

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £45
Remaining amount
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To take part in Women V Cancer Ride the Night 2021, 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 29th April 2021, 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.

Ride the Night London 2021

Join us on the Women V Cancer ten-year anniversary for our flagship cycling challenge. In 2021, it will be more special than ever, to celebrate ten years of cycling for people affected by breast, cervical and ovarian cancers!

Together, over a thousand women will cycle 50km or 100km (you choose!) through London at night to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

Starting and finishing at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse, you’ll soak up the electric Ride the Night vibe with motivational music, speeches and warm-ups.

Then it's time to set off in waves for your chosen route. Pedalling past Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the West End Theatres and many more spectacular buildings, you’ll light up London with your bright pink Ride the Night vests and the sparkling Women V Cancer spirit. All the while, you’ll get fit and make a bunch of wonderful new friends.

Register for Ride the Night London 2021

Superhero Theme - show us your super cycling power!

What's more, for the Women V Cancer ten-year anniversary, we have a theme!

Come dressed as a superhero (optional) and make sure to enjoy all the themed festivities we'll have at the race course!

After ten years of cycling success, we'll show London your super pedalling power, used to save and support the lives of countless people affected by cancer.

Your itinerary

From 6pm
Check-in Opens | Royal Windsor Racecourse

Check-in to Ride the Night 2021 from 6pm at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse which marks both the start and end of our challenge, with the first wave of cyclists setting off at 9pm.

There's free parking with plenty of space at the racecourse for all participants (please feel free to bring your campervan if you'd like to camp here after you've conquered your ride).

We'll also have a bag drop, stalls for each of our amazing Women V Cancer charities and stands with refreshments available for you and your supporters to purchase.

To mark the Women V Cancer 10-year anniversary, we have a superhero theme, so all our entertainment will celebrate the wonders your super pedalling power can do for people affected by cancer.

We'll have themed pre-event warm-ups, refreshments and entertainment, including motivational music and speeches.

Take this opportunity to relax and make friends with your fellow Ride the Night superheroes, before you're called to your start wave. With thousands of you all dressed up in bright outfits, it's also a great time for a selfie or ten!

From 9pm
Staggered Starts

You will be set off in groups of seventy-five women at two-minute intervals to take on your 50km or 100km route around London.

You can select your distance and start time when registering (9.00pm, 9.30pm, 10 pm or 10.30pm). Each start wave has a limited number of spaces, so please register now to secure your preferred start time.

Both the 50km and 100km route will take you past loads of iconic London landmarks, which will look even more beautiful lit up at night.

The 50km route won't be circular but will end in the lights of Central London (venue TBC) - and a crew of wonderful Ride Makers and staff will be there to congratulate you as you pedal those last few metres!

Our free shuttle busses will drive you and your bike from the finish point back to Windsor. If you would prefer to travel directly from your starting point back home, please feel free to make your own travel arrangements.

Our 100km route will be circular and very similar to the route on previous years. 

We'll have Feed Stations along the way (details TBC) with a variety of tasty, free snacks and drinks (with vegan and gluten free options available) to keep you energised throughout the challenge. Each Feed Station will also have 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 the 100km route in about five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to ten hours. The 50km route should take around three to five 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.

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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 your fundraising 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 Ride the Night London 2021

Ride the Night isn’t designed for Olympic athletes - it’s designed for women from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to train and get fit for.

Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) or 50km (approx. 31 miles) at night is a challenge, but it’s definitely achievable with a reasonable amount of training.

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

Take it from one of our wonderful past Ride the Nighters, Joanne:

"Come on ladies, I did this in May 2018 and I'd never been on a bike before. You have people cheering you all the way around and an absolutely fantastic feeling when you finish! I will definitely do it again! When I signed up, I was the same as everyone else, like "sure I can do this," but as the time got closer, I started to question why I had entered - but I'm so glad I did!

It was organised so well that I had no doubts when I arrived. Yes, 100km sounds a lot, but you just do it. We did it in eight hours and it was pain free. So if I could do it in the stupid weather we had on the 26th May 18, then anyone can!"

Download your free Ride the Night Training plan here.

There’s no minimum sponsorship target, but we ask you to aim for £100 or more, so that your challenge can make a difference for people affected by cancer.

The money you raise is split evenly between our three charities and will go a long way to help them continue their vital work in a critical time...

£30 could buy a bottle of specialist dye to stain cancer cells, so that Ovarian Cancer Action’s researchers can study them with a microscope.

£100 can enable Breast Cancer Now to send out another 1,000 leaflets to GPs to promote breast checking and inform about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

£500 will enable Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to provide a weekend of training to two new Helpline volunteers supporting hundreds of women.

Join the 500 club!

If you raise £500 or more by 29th April 2021, you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey.

Please take a look at our Tips and Resources here to fuel your inspiration and smash your challenge like a superhero. We will also send you seasonal fundraising ideas in the lead up to the challenge.

The money you raise funds the vital work of our three Women V Cancer charities who are raising awareness, providing support and funding research into breast, ovarian and cervical cancers. If you’d like to know more about how each charity is making a difference for women affected by cancer, visit their websites below.

Breast Cancer Now

www.breastcancernow.org

Registered charity no 1160558 (England and Wales) and SC045584 (Scotland) and 1200 (Isle of Man).

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

www.jostrust.org.uk

Registered charity no. 1133542 (England and Wales) and SC041236 (Scotland)

Ovarian Cancer Action

www.ovarian.org

Registered charity no. 1109743 (England and Wales) and SC043478 (Scotland)

You don't need to do anything, as it's all done automatically through your fundraising page! If you have raised funds offline, please let us know by contacting events@dream-challenges.com.

The fundraising target is not obligatory, so you can of course still take part in the challenge.

We do strongly encourage you to do your very best to make your your hard work cycling count and raise £100 or more, as Ride the Night is a very important fundraising event for the Women V Cancer charities.

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 Ride the Night London 2021 fundraising page will go directly to Women V Cancer, so you don’t need to do anything else.

The registration fee and event costs (included in the sponsorship target) cover:

  • Full event management and support - the Dream Team are on hand from the moment you sign up for the challenge to provide any help you may need and answer any questions
  • Our beautiful and very easily accessible start/finish venue of the Royal Windsor Racecourse
  • Free parking (and camping in your own tents/campervans if you choose) for all participants, changing facilities and loos at the Windsor Racecourse free for you to use before and after your ride
  • Pre-event warm-up and entertainment, with motivational music and speeches, charity and supplier stalls and a variety of refreshments available for you and your supporters to purchase
  • Free pasta supper for all participants before the ride starts
  • 2 Fully signposted routes with marshals
  • Feed Stations en route, with a variety of tasty refreshments, water and hot drinks (vegan and gluten free options available)
  • Ride the Night hi-viz vest
  • Ride the Night 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.
  • Your Ride the Night 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. We therefore encourage you to exceed the minimum fundraising target.

For all the amazing serial Ride the Nighters who have joined us in the past, the 100km route will be very similar to the one you have conquered on previous challenges.

The 50km route won't be circular but will end in the lights of Central London (venue TBC) - and of course, a crew of wonderful Ride Makers and staff will be there to congratulate you as you pedal those last few metres!

We'll have free shuttle busses to drive you and your bike from the finish point back to Windsor.

Both routes are well lit and on tarmac. However, you will still need to have your bike lights on throughout your cycle and to keep spare batteries to hand.

*Please note: both routes are subject to change.

 

 

No, there will only be one Ride the Night in 2021, which will take place in London on Saturday 29th May 2021.

If you were registered for Ride the Night Edinburgh 2020 or Ride the Night London 2020, we encourage you to transfer your place from our cancelled event to Ride the Night London 2021.

You can easily transfer all the money you've raised to your Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2021 fundraising account, so it counts towards your 2021 target.

Please get in touch and we will arrange your transfer and for the funds to be carried over.

You need to be 18 years old or over to take part in Ride the Night. There's no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about Women V Cancer Ride the Night is that it brings adults of all ages and from all cycles of life together for one incredible cause.

16 and 17-year olds may participate if given permission by the event organisers. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email events@dream-challenges.com and we'll be happy to help.

We're afraid men can't participate in this Women V Cancer challenge. However, they are more than welcome to join the cause as a Ride Maker (aka. Ride the Night volunteer).

We'll have a range of roles for both men and women, from supervising the bike racks to helping out at registration or the rest stops and more.

No, the superhero theme is purely optional. 

As long as you wear a hi-viz vest (we will give this to you when you check-in at the event), you can wear whatever you like, providing you can cycle safely in it.

We're on the look out for volunteers for Ride the Night London 2021, so if you have any friends/family members/loved ones that want to join the cause but can't commit to the challenge, please ask them to apply to be a Ride Maker or Ride Angel.

Ride Maker roles: We have a range of 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 - and the list goes on!

Ride Angels role: We are on the lookout for experienced female cyclists, with Breeze or equivalent qualification, to support on the night as Ride Angels. The role is voluntary, but will mean you get to take part in the challenge free of charge. Responsibilities will include fixing punctures, marshalling and supporting anyone who is struggling.

If you'd like to apply to be a Ride Maker or a Ride Angel, please get in touch with us at events@dream-challenges.com.

 

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.

Both the 50km and 100km routes are 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 the fantastic British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer Ride the Night 2019 (both London and Edinburgh).

They'll be at our start/finish point of the Royal Windsor Racecourse on the night. Remember to please hire your bike in advance, so they know how many to bring. It won't be possible to hire a bike last minute from them. Please book your bike as soon as possible on the British Bike Hire website here.

Yes! We're delighted to have the fantastic British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer Ride the Night 2021 (both London and Edinburgh). They'll be at our start/finish point of the Royal Windsor Racecourse on the night. 

Remember to please hire your bike in advance, so they know how many to bring. It won't be possible to hire a bike last minute from them. Please book your bike on the British Bike Hire website here.

Of course! You are 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.

Absolutely! If you plan to take part on a handbike, please let us know in advance. Please bring your own bike with working front and rear lights, along with a spare inner tube.

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.

One of the reasons we love Windsor is that it's fantastically connected.

If you're driving, the Windsor Racecourse is easily accessible and well signposted from junction 6 on the M4 and junction 3 on the M3. If using a sat-nav please use the postcode SL4 5EZ.

If you're planning to travel via public transport, the nearest train stations to the racecourse are Windsor and Eton Central, Windsor and Eton Riverside, and Slough.

Trains to these stations run from Paddington and Waterloo, and taxis are available from all.

There is also a National Express coach stop less than a mile from Windsor Racecourse.

*When booking public transport, please check with the train line or coach you're taking that they'll allow for you to bring your bike on board!

Need more info on the venue? Please check out the Royal Windsor Racecourse website here, which is full of useful information.

Another awesome thing about the Royal Windsor Racecourse is that there will be free parking for all participants!

The car park will open at 5pm on Saturday, with last access at 7.30pm.

Parking at the racecourse is free and car-sharing is recommended to ease congestion. On arrival to the Rider Entrance at the racecourse, a Ride the Night steward will greet and direct you.

Please feel free to bring your campervan if you'd like to camp here after you've conquered your ride.

There's lots of nearby accommodation at a range of rates for you to choose from, if you plan to stay the night before Ride the Night and when you come back from your ride.

We recommend you book your room as soon as possible to get a better rate - and to request a late check out on Sunday morning, so you can sleep in after your night cycling!

Click here to check out the 10 closest hotels to the Royal Windsor Racecourse.

You are also welcome to camp at the racecourse after
completing your ride. No doubt you'll be glad to collapse in your tents or camper as soon as you've crossed that finish line! (You'll need your own tent/camper van.)

Yes, you can camp for free at the Windsor Racecourse after you come back from your ride. Please note, though, that the racecourse isn't a camp site, so you won't have access to power, water etc.

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. We recommend that you wear additional hi-viz clothing.

As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at Dream Challenges has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

With even the government unsure how exactly the coronavirus situation will eventuate, we can't make any guarantees; but we can promise you that we will always put your health and security first and will always be just and flexible in any decisions we have to make, regarding postponements and transfers.

If the coronavirus pandemic affects Ride the Night London 2021, we will contact all participants as soon as possible. Ride the Night is an extremely important fundraising event for the amazing Women V Cancer charities, so if the event in May 2021 couldn’t go ahead, we would postpone the event for later in the year. This way, all your hard work fundraising and training wouldn't go in vain and we can still make just as big an impact for Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

If this were to happen, we would, of course, keep you updated with all our plans for the postponed event, so that you and your supporters can mark it in your diaries.

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