Skip to main content
Ride the Night Cyclists

Women V Cancer - Ride the Night

Challenge level: 2 out of 5

When can I go?

23 May 2020 On Sale
Duration 1 day

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $68
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Ride the Night

Ride the Night is back for 2020 with three super exciting changes.

After six amazing years of Women V Cancer Ride the Night, we’re returning for our seventh with a new iconic venue, a new route with more London landmarks than ever and for the first time, we’re running both a 100km and a 50km cycle!

Get ready for the ride of your life and join thousands of marvellous ladies at the famous Lee Valley VeloPark for a 50km or 100km cycle through London at night for our three invaluable Women V Cancer charities.

Before you start the challenge, we’ll get you ready and raring to go at the VeloPark, home of the 2012 Olympic velodrome, with entertainment, motivational music, speeches and an energising warm-up.

Then it's time to set off in waves for your chosen route. Pedalling past Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Tate Modern, 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.

Over the last six years, thousands of inspiring women have cycled through London at night and raised over £6 million for Breast Cancer CareJo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. Join our cause on this incredibly special challenge and help to save and support countless lives affected by cancer.

Places are limited on Ride the Night 2020 and we expect them to go faster than ever for our new routes and venue, so please register soon to secure a place in your preferred start wave.

 

Resources for our Ride the Nighters

All the info you need in one pretty PDF document

Download the Women V Cancer Ride the Night Info Pack here

Set up your JustGiving page

Set up your Just Giving account for Women V Cancer Ride the Night 2020 here.

Download your Sponsorship Form
Click here to download your Women V Cancer Ride the Night Sponsorship Form

Download your Ride the Night Training Plan
Click here to download your Women V Cancer Ride the Night Training Plan

Download your Ride the Night Poster
Click here to download your Women V Cancer Ride the Night poster

Download the Ride the Night 2020 Conditions of Entry
Click here to download the Women V Cancer Ride the Night Conditions of Entry.

 

Your itinerary

From 6 pm
Check-in Opens

Check-in will open at the iconic Lee Valley VeloPark from 6pm and the first group of women will set off at 9pm. There's no parking available at the Lee Valley VeloPark, where your challenge will start and finish; but the venue is very close to the Stratford International Train Station, where you'll be able to find a number of multistory car parks nearby. Please see the Stratford International website here for more information.

The VeloPark also has fantastic transport links and lots of nearby accommodation. (Please find details of all this in our FAQ section below and on the Stratford International website here.) There'll also be hot showers, changing facilities and loos free for you to use before and after the challenge.

Take this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and atmosphere of our Ride the Night 2020 venue, which hosted the 2012 Olympics! We'll also have fun 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.

From 9pm
Staggered Starts

You will be set off in groups of seventy-five women at two minute intervals to take on either the 100km or the 50km route around London. 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 and they're likely to go faster than ever this year as we only have one event, so please register now to secure your preferred start time. Our Ride the Night route is all new for 2020, with both a 100km and a 50km distance for you to choose from (it's up to you). Both routes focus more on Central London this year and we'll take in more awesome landmarks than ever before, including the OXO building, the Millenium Bridge, the Tate Modern and the National Theatre.

We'll have Feedstations along the way (details TBC) with a variety of tasty free snacks and drinks to keep you energised throughout the challenge. We'll of course have gluten free and vegan options available, too! Each Feedstation 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 hours 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.

Book my place

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!

$299

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee when you sign up for the challenge.
  • Raise the minimum sponsorship amount of £199 for the Women V Cancer charities.
  • In order to be confirmed on the challenge, you must have the minimum amount in place by 10 April 2020.
  • JustGiving pages remain active for 3 months after the event so you can keep fundraising.
Book my place

FAQs
Women V Cancer - Ride the Night

Starting and finishing at the awesome Lee Valley VeloPark in Stratford, we'll be more focused on Central London than ever and take in even more of the city's beautiful landmarks than on any of our previous rides!

Our 100km and 50km routes will, of course, differ from each other, so that the 100km riders won't just do the same route twice!

Our routes are mostly flat and we'll pedal past the iconic London Eye, Westminster Abbey, the OXO Building, the Tate Modern, the National Theatre and many, many more spectacular landmarks. We'll reveal the full details at a later date.

Both routes will be well-lit and clearly signposted throughout, with marshals and roaming first aid support and mechanics. We'll also have Feedstations en route with a variety of free, tasty refreshments to keep you energised throughout your challenge, along with toilet facilities and staff to provide any assistance you may need. We anticipate having three Feedstations on the 100km route and one on the 50km route.

Ride the Night is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete the 100km route in five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to ten hours. The 50km route will likely take half that time, so three to five hours, depending on how fast a cyclist you are. 

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's no parking available at the Lee Valley VeloPark, where your challenge will start and finish; but the venue is very close to the Stratford International Train Station, where you'll be able to find a number of multistory car parks nearby, priced at around £6 per vehicle. Please see the Stratford International website here for more information.

The Lee Valley VeloPark also has fantastic transport links and loads of nearby accommodation. 

Ride the Night isn't designed for Olympic athletes - (despite our awesome venue of the VeloDrome!) - it's designed for women from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to train and get fit for. This year, we're also offering the 50km route, if you don't feel confident enough to take on the full 100km.

Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) - or, indeed, 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. Women V Cancer Ride the Night is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, all whilst raising funds for three amazing charities.

We will email you training guidelines to help you get fit for the challenge but if you can't wait, you can download your free Ride the Night training plan here.

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 iconic start/finish venue of the Lee Valley VeloPark 
  • Hot showers, changing facilities and loos at the VeloPark 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 
  • Pasta supper before the ride starts
  • 2 Fully signposted routes with marshals
  • Feedstations 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 2020 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. Set up your Just Giving account for Ride the Night here.

 

We're on the look out for Ride Makers and Ride Angels (volunteers) for Ride the Night, 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 browse our roles and apply here.

Likewise, if you or any ladies you know fancies joining us as a Ride Angel (women only) and cycle alongside our participants help with any issues they may have en route, please apply to be a Ride Angel here. We have Ride Angel positions for both the 50km and the 100km routes.

 

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.

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.

Need to hire a bike?
Bike hire is available from British Bike Hire. Please ensure you book your bike well in advance as you won't be able to hire one last-minute at the event. Please contact them directly to book your bike by emailing 

Click here to visit the British Bike Hire website

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?
Bike hire is available from British Bike Hire www.britishbikehire.com. Please ensure you book your bike online well in advance as you won't be able to hire one last-minute at the event.

There's no parking available at the Lee Valley VeloPark, where your challenge will start and finish; but the venue is very close to the Stratford International Train Station, where you'll be able to find a number of multistory car parks nearby, priced at around £6 per vehicle. Please see the Stratford International website here for more information.

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 Lee Valley VeloPark.

The Lee Valley VeloPark, where Ride the Night starts and finishes has fantastic transport links and is only a 10 minute walk from Stratford Station, where you can get both the train and the tube (Jubilee, DLR, Central and TFL Rail). The Night Tube should be running for Central and Jubilee lines, but we recommend you check the TFL website for updates.

There are also several buses you can take, including the 388,309,339,97 and N205 (night bus). These all stop near the VeloPark.

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

If you plan to drive to Ride the Night, please see the downloadable map on the Lee Valley VeloPark website, which marks different routes to the venue. 

Need more info on the venue? Please check the Visit Lee Valley website here, which is full of useful information.

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 Feedstations 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! 

As long as you have raised £199 on JustGiving by Friday 10 April 2020, your place is confirmed on the ride and you'll receive your final details, including your rider number, in the post two weeks before your challenge.

IMPORTANT: please make sure you set up your JustGiving page for Women V Cancer Ride the Night - otherwise, the funds you raise won't go to the Women V Cancer charities and we won't be able to confirm you on the ride!

As long as you have raised £199 on JustGiving, your place is confirmed on the ride and you'll receive your final details, including your rider number, in the post two weeks before your challenge.

If you have chosen to fundraise together and have set up a joint JustGiving account that covers two or more people – please e-mail 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.

The £199 minimum sponsorship target for Ride The Night is per individual, regardless of whether you’re in a team or not. So if you have a team of five people, that means each of you needs to raise £199, so if you’re fundraising together, your team would need to raise a minimum of £995.

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, clearly signposted 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 throughout your ride. It's 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 also recommend that you wear additional hi-viz clothing.

What people are saying about
Women V Cancer - Ride the Night

Sign up for our dream fuel

Get the Dream Challenges email newsletters

Please enter a valid email address.