Spring is upon us and with the warmer weather and lighter evenings there is no better time to dust off your bike, get outdoors and set yourself a summer challenge.
A cycle challenge is a great way of giving you something to look forward to and keep you motivated through spring. It can also help you accomplish something you didn’t think you could, get fit, and make new friends, all with the added bonus of raising money for your favourite charity.
But what to do?
The National Cycle Network has many iconic rides so why not join one of our bike rides and conquer some of our favourite long distance routes.
The Sea to Sea (C2C) is the UK’s most famous long distance route. Stretching 140 miles from the Irish Sea to the North Sea this challenging and rewarding trip will take 15 cyclists along this iconic route over three days. This will be a rewarding trip, passing through the northern Lake District before climbing the Pennines and descending to the railway paths of County Durham.
Places are limited and organised by cycling specialists Saddle Skedaddle, but there are a few left so best to book quickly so you don’t miss out. All riders will receive a C2C goody bag including a Sustrans cycling jersey.
Join us and cycle the full length of the UK (End to End) in the ultimate cycle challenge.
This 18 day trip will cover 1,040 miles and take in some of the best and most iconic routes the National Cycle Network has to offer.
Following the success of the event in 2015, this year is set to be even bigger.
This 100 mile Olympic legacy event starts from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then follows a closed road route through the capital and onto Surrey's stunning country roads, including the famous climbs of Leith and Box Hill, before an iconic finish in central London.
Lastly, if you are looking for something a bit different, why not try a night ride? The Nightriders are exciting and unusual events that involve cycling a city's streets and admiring its iconic sights by moonlight.
The rides include full support, back up and regular break stops as well as a well earned breakfast at the finish line.
We have a few places available for riders wanting to join team Sustrans and raise money for us. You'll get a free T-shirt and a Hi-Viz vest so you'll stand out from the crowd.
To see your city in a different light sign up on the Nightrider website.
Do it yourself
These are just some of the fundraising events we are involved in this year so if you don’t fancy any of these why not organise one of your own instead.
We have branded T-shirts, cycling tops and running vests ready to give to anyone taking on their own challenge and raising sponsorship in aid of Sustrans.
Just email [email protected] and let us know what you’re planning to do. We can help support you by sending you a fundraising pack filled with ideas to help you reach your target and tips about setting up an online giving page.
No matter how big or small your challenge every penny raised counts and will help our work to enable people to choose and enjoy healthier, happier, cleaner and cheaper journeys everyday.