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Cycling Against Cancer - Women V Cancer explained

We first set up Women V Cancer in 2010, with two main aims: to help put an end to women’s cancers and to get more women on their bikes. Since then, over twenty thousand amazing women have taken on one (or several!) of our Women V Cancer challenges and have together raised £20 million for the Women V Cancer charities. In this blog post, we explain what Women V Cancer is all about.

Cycling against cancer together

Women V Cancer brings together three very important women’s cancer charities: Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. These three charities are committed to supporting the thousands of people across the UK who are sadly affected by women’s cancers and researching into developing effective treatments and cures for ovarian, breast and cervical cancers.

To give you more of an idea of the amazing work these charities do, below are a few stories from our incredibly inspiring Women V Cancer challengers, who have been personally affected by cancer...

An interview with Sandhy the Supreme

Sandhy Robinson-Jones is nothing short of amazing and a true Women V Cancer superstar.

Right from the start of Women V Cancer back in 2010, she joined us on our first cycling challenge in Kenya, having been through ovarian cancer. Nearly ten years on, Sandhy has also survived a brain haemorrhage and a stroke and yet she remains a fantastically positive person.

On 25 May 2019, she joined us for Ride the Night London to raise vital funds and awareness in support of the services, charities and care network that have helped her through her journey and the thousands of people affected by cancer.

Read our interview with Sandhy here.

Sixth-time Rider, Sian Davies, is back in the saddle for Ride the Night

The amazing Siân Davies signed up for her first Ride the Night back in 2014 simply for the challenge and to keep her friend company.

She loved it and now, six years, five Ride the Nights, £3,830 raised for Women V Cancer and a rigorous battle with breast cancer later, her reasons for riding have become personal.

Summer 2022 will see Siân taking on our flagship Women V Cancer challenge for a sixth time for Breast Cancer Now, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

In this blog post, she shares her story.

Read Sian’s story here.

My family has inspired me to cycle against cancer

The cruelty of cancer has unfortunately played a prevalent role in thirty-three year old, Nadean Spedding’s life for as long as she can remember, watching various family members battle against the illness.

She took part in Ride the Night 2018 to rise up against cancer and support countless women through the work of the three Women V Cancer charities. Here, Nadean tells us her story.

Read Nadean’s story here.

Where your funds go...

Women V Cancer is a unique partnership between Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action - and brings together the thousands of women that are affected by these cancers every year.

All funds raised by Women V Cancer challenges support the incredible work these three charities do - and it's important that we keep reminding ourselves why each mile cycled, and every penny raised, is so vital. To see a break down of how each of these charities use the money you raise, simply click on the names of the charities:

Find out more about the work of Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and abnormalities.

We want to see cervical cancer become a disease of the past with no more mothers, sisters, daughters, partners and friends losing their lives to the disease. Until then, we want every woman affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities to get the best possible care and support.

We provide information and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and through our campaigns and education programmes, are working to decrease the numbers affected by the disease. Read more here.

Breast Cancer Now

From research to care, Breast Cancer Now has people affected by the breast cancer at its heart – providing support for today and hope for the future. United, we have the ability to carry out even more world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care.

By 2050, we believe everyone diagnosed with breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. But we need to act now. And that’s where the incredible support of people like you taking on challenges with Women V Cancer comes in, as we hope our vision will one day become a reality. Read more here.

Ovarian Cancer Action

We’re Ovarian Cancer Action. A charity dedicated to beating ovarian cancer. It’s the UK’s most deadly gynaecological disease. And it claims the life of another woman every two hours. At the moment, the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancers lags behind other high profile diseases like prostate or breast cancer. We think this is unacceptable.

That’s why we’re on a mission to fund research that saves lives. We do this by finding and funding the innovators who will help us break this cancer, from the scientists working on the latest breakthroughs in the lab to the people raising the vital funds we need to make our vision a reality. Read more and watch our video here.

a chance to achieve your goals

The other big aim of Women V Cancer is to give all women the drive and confidence to reach your goals, whether physical, mental, charitable or all three. We’re not about competition; we’re about living the team to achieve our dreams.

That’s why all our Women V Cancer challenges are accessible to everyone who doesn’t mind committing to a bit of training and fundraising. Whether we’re cycling through Kenya's rift valley, coast to coast across Sri Lanka or around London at night, we put great care and effort into ensuring you feel supported throughout your entire adventure us: from initial sign-up to the challenge, right through to the completion.

We provide you with a free training plan, fundraising ideas and kit list for your challenge and we also set up a private Facebook group so that you can chat with all the lovely women who have signed up to the same challenge, swap ideas and fundraising tips and even meet up before-hand.

The camaraderie

The Women V Cancer camaraderie is like nothing you've ever experienced. Coming together to push yourself to the limit and achieve something incredible for a common cause, you'll make life-long friendships with unbelievably inspiring people.

Don't ebelieve us? Read these inspiring messages from two of our Women V Cancer heroes, Natalie and Jo, who conquered our inaugural Women V Cancer challenge in Kenya, back in 2012. Read their messages here.

Women V Cancer Cycle Kenya 2021

We’re going back to the bush where it all began, to celebrate the Women V Cancer 10-year anniversary! And we’re on a mission to raise £5 million for our charity trio.

Together, we’ll cycle from the foothills of Mount Kenya to Kisumu and spot a large variety of Kenya’s awesome wildlife as we go, including elephants, giraffes, gazelles, impalas, buffalos and more.

Our life changing cycle has an epic finish at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage. This incredibly special sanctuary rescues and raises baby elephants, who’ve had a tough start to life and rehabilitates them back into the wild.

Women V Cancer Cycle Sri Lanka 2022

Discover the serene island of Sri Lanka on this stunning coast to coast cycle for Women V Cancer.

Kicking off in Negombo, our amazing Women V Cancer adventurers will ride from the rainforest-like rubber growing west of the country to the sprawling plains and idyllic beaches of the east.

Together, we'll encounter tough climbs and challenging terrains, but with a bunch of fearless women by your side, you'll be smiling all the way.

Ride the Night London

Our Women V Cancer flagship challenge brings over a thousand women together every year for an epic night cycle through London, conquering a sparkling 50km or 100km in support of people affected by women's cancers. Learn more about Women V Cancer Ride the Night London.

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