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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 the three crucial cancer charities Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. These three charities provide life-saving support to countless people facing cancer, educate thousands of people about the signs and symptoms of breast, ovarian and cervical cancers and and carry out cutting-edge research into treatments and cures.

Read these stories from our Women V Cancer challengers to learn more about the amazing work of the Women V Cancer charities and why it's essential for us to support them.

An interview with Sandhy the Supreme

Sandhy Robinson-Jones is a 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. Over a decade later, after surviving a brain haemorrhage and a stroke, Sandhy joined us for Ride the Night London.

Together, she and over a thousand other inspiring ladies, cycled through London at night to raise vital funds and awareness in support of the services, charities and care network that have helped her through her journey.

Read our interview with Sandhy here.

Cycling London to Brighton whilst battling breast cancer

Meet Debbie. Having fought through eight years of breast cancer while bringing up three children and seen several of her family members go through similar battles, Debbie is a Women V Cancer warrior in every sense of the word.

In 2021, she and her husband, Rob, cycled 100km from London to Brighton to show strength against cancer and raise vital funds for three very important charities, Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

Together, Debbie and Rob fundraised over £5,000 in support of the Women V Cancer charities and in this interview, Debbie tells her story.

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 saw 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.

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 the magical Indian region of Rajasthan, following the Nile through Egypt, cycling from London to the bright lights of Paris or Riding the Night around London, we put great care and effort into ensuring you feel supported throughout your entire adventure, 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 women who have joined 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 awesome people.

Don't believe 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.

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