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.
Join team Sustrans and 24,000 other cyclists in this 100-mile challenging Olympic legacy event, now one of the greatest cycling events in the world.
This 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.
Glasgow Nightrider 2018, 19-20 May (50km or 100km)
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 and this year it's coming to Scotland!
The rides include full support, back up and regular break stops as well as a well earned breakfast at the finish line. Routes are fully signed allowing you to cycle at your own pace and GPS is also provided for those who want it.
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.
London Nightrider 2018, 9-10 June (50km or 100km)
Registration is still open for this year's London Nightrider. You'll see the capital in a totally new way and be rewarded with quiet streets and the first glimmers of daybreak as you complete your ride. This is a truly memorable event not to be missed.
We still have a few places available for riders wanting to join team Sustrans and raise money for us. Visit our London Nightrider page for more details.
Are you cycling LEJOG? Or would you like to set yourself a challenge for 2018 but can't commit to a time, date or venue? Why not run, cycle, or use a combination of disciplines to cover the full length of the UK in your own time?
Virtual Racing UK's virtual LEJOG challenge is based on the official Sustrans' Land's End to John o'Groats route. Purchase a medal and track your miles cycled or run via their website over the course of the year.
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.