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Women V Cancer - Ride the Night

Challenge level: 2 out of 5

When can I go?

31 October 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 London 2020 update:
Your safety and health is our highest priority and with the government advising to avoid mass gatherings and public places, we have made the tough decision to postpone Ride the Night London 2020 until later in the year. The new date is now Halloween - Saturday 31st October!

Please pop it in your diaries and prepare for the best Halloween ever!

We have been very busy here at Ride the Night HQ arranging things for the postponed event and trying to keep it as close to our planned May event as possible. However as you can imagine, due to these unforeseen circumstances, a few things do need to change.

Please see the full details of the postponed event and the options available to you if you registered for our original May event

Thank you so much again for your support and patience with this! We hope to see you all on Halloween!!!

The Challenge

After six amazing years of Women V Cancer Ride the Night, we’re returning for our seventh with both a 100km and a 50km cycle!

Get ready for the ride of your life and join thousands of marvellous ladies at the Royal Windsor Racecourse 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 racecourse 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 NowJo’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.

Need to hire a bike?

We're delighted to have British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer Ride the Night. Click here to book your hire bike

 

Resources for our Ride the Nighters

 

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 Posters
Women V Cancer Ride the Night poster

Women V Cancer Ride the Night 100km fundraising poster

Women V Cancer Ride the Night 50km fundraising 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 6pm
Check-in Opens

Check-in will open at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse from 6pm and the first group of women will set off at 9pm. 

There's free parking (with plenty of space) at the racecourse, which marks the start and end point of our challenge. We'll also have stalls for each of our amazing Women V Cancer charities and stands with refreshments available for you and your supporters to purchase.  

Take this opportunity to enjoy the scenery. 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 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 will take you past loads of iconic London landmarks, which will look even more beautiful all lit up at night.

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.

We'll have Feed Stations 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 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 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.

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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!

$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 18 September 2020.
  • JustGiving pages remain active for 3 months after the event so you can keep fundraising.
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FAQs
Women V Cancer - Ride the Night

Ride the Night London 2020 Route

You probably guessed this, but due to the change in our start/finish venue for our postponed event, the Ride the Night London 2020 routes will also change.

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.

Track your ride in real time

Women V Cancer Ride the Night has teamed up with Geo Tracks, the GPS live tracking company, to provide riders with real-time live tracking during the overnight ride.

All your supporters, friends, and family will be able to track your exact location throughout your cycle, so they won't need to worry about your safety and so they can find fab places to cheer you on as you ride!

Please click here to book your tracker.

 

Yes, absolutely! Women V Cancer Ride the Night has teamed up with Geo Tracks, the GPS live tracking company, to provide riders with real-time live tracking during the overnight ride.

All your supporters, friends, and family will be able to track your exact location throughout your cycle, so they won't need to worry about your safety and so they can find fab places to cheer you on as you ride!

Please click here to book your tracker.

Once you've booked your tracker, your supporters will be able to track you in real time throughout your ride using this live GPS tracking map.

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. 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 beautiful and very easily accessible start/finish venue of the Royal Windsor Racecourse 
  • Free parking (and camping in your own tents/camper vans 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 
  • Pasta supper 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 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.

Good news: your deadline date is now extended! Due to the postponement of Ride the Night London 2020 from May to October, the sponsorship deadline is now Friday 18th September 2020.

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.

The wonderful Brightside Bike Lights, who will join us at Windsor on the night, have put together a few top tips for you to bear in mind when choosing and fitting your lights. Please take a look at their light advice here

Brightside Bike Lights are also offering a generous 15% off for all Ride the Night participants! Please make sure to enter the code RTN2020 when ordering them to get your exclusive discount.

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?

We're delighted to have British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer Ride the Night. Book your hire bike before 31 January 2020 to get a fantastic 15% early bird discount. Simply enter your exclusive discount code: EARLYBIRD15. Click here to book your hire bike

 

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 our postponed Women V Cancer Ride the Night 2020. Click here to book your hire bike

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.

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.)

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.

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! 

As long as you have raised £199 on JustGiving by Friday 18th September 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.

The wonderful Brightside Bike Lights, who will join us at Windsor on the night, have put together a few top tips for you to bear in mind when choosing and fitting your lights. Please take a look at their light advice here

Brightside Bike Lights are also offering a generous 15% off for all Ride the Night participants! Please make sure to enter the code RTN2020 when ordering them to get your exclusive discount.

As Ride the Night is usually in the summer, our October event will be nippier than we're used to, but we are Women V Cancer warriors!

We can wrap up warm and for those of you that cycled in the biblical storms a couple of years ago, it will be a piece of cake!

There's still time to order a Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2020 hoody from the Scimitar website here, which should keep you nice and cosy!

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