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London Bikeathon

31 August 2014

  • The Event

    7,000 CYCLISTS, 3 ROUTES, 1 CHALLENGE

    HELP US BEAT BLOOD CANCER

    London Bikeathon 2014 - 31 August 2014

    Join us for the UK’s largest charity bike ride to beat blood cancer. As part of our Unstoppable team you'll meet some extraordinary people at our flagship fundraising event.

    Take in some of London's most iconic landmarks on our 26 and 52 mile routes or take on the challenge of our epic 100 mile route with its punishing climbs through the Surrey Hills. With food, music and activities throughout the day, this is an event that caters for all the family!

    Full routes now available to download here


    what you'll get

    Digital fundraising pack Cycling t-shirt/jersey Fundraising rewards
    Online fundraising page Training guide and tips

     

    The whole day was fantastic and the ride was so well organised with plenty of marshals and signs. Long may the London Bikeathon continue!

    Rich Castle, blood cancer survivor

     

    With such amazing views and an excellent route what’s not to like? Finished with a decent time and had a fabulous day.

    Saeeda Hussain, blood cancer survivor

     

  • Sponsor A Friend

    SPONSOR A FRIEND

    HELP US BEAT BLOOD CANCER

    This year we’re using a brand new fundraising platform for the very first time which ensures that every penny of every pound you donate comes directly to the charity. Use our search facility to find your friend’s fundraising page and make your donation:

     

     

  • FAQ

    THE EVENT

    WHY IS THE ROUTE DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR?

    We received very useful feedback regarding last year’s Bikeathon route and wanted to make changes to incorporate that feedback and make the Bikeathon as enjoyable as possible for all our riders.

    Read more about this year's routes

    CAN I CHANGE MY ROUTE?

    Participants can change their route right up until the end of July. However, we recommend that you get in touch with us as soon as you possibly can as being able to switch your route is totally dependent upon there still being spaces available on your new route.

    Changing route may also incur a charge. This is purely to cover the cost of the event and only applies if you are switching from the 26/52 mile route to the 100 mile route. If you get close to the event and feel that the 52 mile route is a little too much or, conversely, the training has gone well and you want to ride the 52 mile route rather than the 26, this is absolutely fine and you can transfer without charge. 

    CAN I ENTER A TEAM INTO THE BIKEATHON?

    Yes! We actively encourage team sign up as the more people you have riding with you, the more money you’ll raise to help us beat blood cancer the better! You can enter up to 20 riders online, if you want to register more than this, contact Sophie Hedges at: shedges@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk and she will provide an easy to use spreadsheet for you to enter your team. Teams of 10 or more riders signing up for the 26 or 52 mile route will also receive a third off entry fees for every team member.

    HOW WILL I SEE THE ROUTE?

    If you own a GPS bike computer or smart phone you can download a digital version of the route direct from the website. Download your route here.

    On the day the Bikeathon team will be able to provide you with another copy of the route and answer any last minute questions that you may have.

    I AM NOW UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LONDON BIKEATHON. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

    It will be a shame not to see you at the Bikeathon but we understand that things happen beyond your control which mean you have to pull out. However, if you aren’t able to make it for any reason, please contact us with your details as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are only able to refund entry fees for the first seven days after purchase. After that we are unable to process any refunds. However, we do offer a transfer service free of charge – so if you know someone who is willing to ride in your place then do let us know!

    Please note that all transfers must take place before the end of July and that the rider number issued for transfers may be different from the original number.

    HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO DO THE LONDON BIKEATHON?

    The London Bikeathon is not a race so you can pedal at whatever pace is comfortable for you. There are also water stations on all three routes where you’ll have a chance to catch your breath and rehydrate. That said, we do recommend that you do something in the way of training for all three routes.

    For the 26 mile route we recommend that you go out for a few rides in the weeks building up to the Bikeathon, especially if you’re not used to riding a bike. For the longer 52 and 100 mile routes we do recommend that you do some structured training to ensure that you’re fully prepared and in a position to make the most out of the event. Check out our cycling training guide and 10 week training plan for tips and advice on how to get started.

    WHAT SORT OF BIKE CAN I USE?

    You can use any type of bicycle as long as it’s roadworthy – over the years we’ve had entrants taking part on Bromptons and even tandems! For the 100 mile route, however, we recommend that you use a reliable road bike as 100 miles is a long way and you’ll need a bike with decent gears and brakes for some of the hill climbs and descents!

    It’s also worth getting your bike checked out and serviced by your local bike shop to make sure it’s in the best condition possible ahead of the event. Check out our bike guide for further information.

    Sadly, there’s no option to hire a bike on the day so please don’t turn up without one!




    INFORMATION PACKS

    I RECEIVED A T-SHIRT/JERSEY WHICH IS THE WRONG SIZE, CAN I EXCHANGE IT?

    On the morning of the Bikeathon we’ll be running a T-shirt/jersey exchange where you’ll be able to swap your kit for the correct size.

    If you’re looking to exchange your jersey before the event, do get in touch with us and we’ll look to sort you out with the correct size ahead of the event. Unfortunately, we don’t keep T-shirts in stock at head office so we aren’t able to do exchanges before the event itself.

    WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY T-SHIRT/JERESEY?

    Bikeathon T-shirts and cycling jerseys will be sent out as part of our information packs which we’ll be sending out at the end of July. Your information pack will also include your rider number, sponsorship forms to help you with your fundraising, a route guide and further information about the day.

    HOW CAN I UPGRADE MY T-SHIRT TO A JERSEY?

    This year we’re introducing incentivised fundraising for the first time this year to help us raise as much money as we possibly can to beat blood cancer! All participants on the 26 or 52 mile route that raise £100 or more using our fundraising pages will receive a free Bikeathon jersey as a thank you for helping us to beat blood cancer.

    100 mile riders receive a cycling jersey as part of the sign-up process so will be offered a pair of our Bikeathon cycling bib shorts as an incentive if they raise £100.




    FUNDRAISING

    HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I AIM TO RAISE?

    Unlike other cycling events we don’t have a minimum fundraising target. However, if possible, we’d like all riders to raise at least £100 as your entry fee only covers the cost of us putting on the event.

    Last year riders raised £215, on average, which helped us raise more than £830,000 to help beat blood cancer. With your help, we’re confident that we’ll raise even more than that this year to help make a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients.

    WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FUNDRAISE?

    This year we’re encouraging everyone to fundraise using our brand new fundraising pages as that will guarantee that every single penny that you raise will come directly to us. This is not the case with other online fundraising platforms like Virgin Money Giving or Justgiving.

    Everyone who signs up for the Bikeathon will automatically be given the opportunity to create their own personalised fundraising page and we’ve worked really hard to make it as user friendly as possible. More information on how to make the most out of your online fundraising page is available in our online fundraising guide

    Offline fundraising is also great. We’ve got downloadable sponsorship forms to get you started and will also be including paper sponsorship forms in your information packs. There’ll also be plenty of fundraising tips, advice and ideas in our monthly email newsletters.




    ON THE DAY

    WHAT TIME DO THE RIDES START AND WHERE?

    Route Start and finish venue Start time
    100 miles Ham House 08:00
    52 miles Coram's Fields 08:00 - 09:30
    26 miles Coram's Fields 09:30 - 10:30

      

    With 7,000 people expected to take part in this year’s Bikeathon, riders will be being released in waves to reduce congestion. However as you imagine, it will be busy on the day and we advise all riders to be ready to leave 15 minutes before your route’s allocated start time.

    Don’t worry if you haven’t been signed up for the same start time as friends and family – we’ll make sure that we let you out at the same time so you can enjoy your Bikeathon experience together!

    IS THIS A CLOSED ROAD EVENT?

    Much as we’d like it to be, this is NOT a closed road event. This is because the cost implications of closing the roads would drastically reduce the amount we’d be able to raise, which would in turn mean we can make less of a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients.

    We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the ride is smooth as possible. There will be signs posted along all the routes and marshals at several positions along the way to point you in the right direction and alert you to any hazards.

    We can’t promise there won’t be any traffic but we’ve done all we can to make this year’s routes as safe as possible. With this in mind, we ask that you wear a helmet at all times and abide by the rules of the Highway Code.

    WILL THERE BE PARKING?

    Unfortunately, there won’t be any designated parking at either Coram’s Fields or Ham House but there’s limited street parking in the area. There are also a number of local car parks nearby. You can search for nearby car parks here.

    WILL THERE BE TOILET AND REFRESHMENT FACILITIES ALONG THE ROUTE?

    Yes. There will be staffed water stations providing food and refreshments available on all three routes where you’ll be able to stop for a comfort break and a bit of a breather. Our volunteers will also be on hand to help you with any queries you may have.

    CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS COME TO THE EVENT?

    Absolutely! This is an event for all the family and we want to accommodate for everyone. Spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy food and entertainment at the start/finish of both venues while they wait to welcome you at the finish line.

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 7504 2200 or email us at londonbikeathon@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

      

  • Bikeathon 2013

    More than 6,000 cyclists got on their bikes to help us beat blood cancer last year, helping us raise more than £830,000 for the first time in the Bikeathon's 17 year history. It was a fantastic day for the charity and we cannot wait for this year’s event which promises to be our best yet.


    2013 RIDER COMMENTS

    "The whole day was fantastic! I met some truly wonderful people and staff from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research who were, as always, very professional but friendly. All I can say is roll on next year when I plan to do the much bigger 52 miles!"

    Rich Castle, 26 mile rider

    "I used to be an international rower and so I wanted a challenge - cycling 26 miles seemed to be an achievable target. It was also an opportunity to raise money and awareness for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, an amazing charity whose research I have benefited from. Without their crucial work, things may have been very different for me."

    Will Laughton, 26 mile rider

    "I fully enjoyed the day, and the effort everybody had put in made the event very special. I managed to ride knowing I had raised £20 per mile, which you can imagine made me smile every time I knocked off another mile. I am already looking forward to next year and raising even more for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research."

    Ken Carroll, 52 mile rider


    2013 GALLERY


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