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London Bikeathon

31 August 2014

We had a blast! 

Thank you for helping us to beat blood cancer.



What a fantastic day! Thank you so much to everyone who put on an Unstoppable jersey and joined us in our ride to beat blood cancer. It was fantastic to see so many riders out to help make a difference to the lives of blood cancer patients on what was a very special day for the charity.

We're already making plans for next year's ride. Register your interest today to be the first to know when entry opens for 2015. 

Check out our galleries and video of this year's ride to get a taster of what to look out for in 2015:

Photos from the 26 and 52 mile routes >

Photos from the 100 mile route >

A Facebook gallery of your images >


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

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:

 

 

THE EVENT

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.

CAN I CHANGE MY ROUTE?

Participants can change their route right up until the end of June. 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.

CAN I ENTER A TEAM INTO 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! 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.

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

It will be a shame not to see you at 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 June and that the rider number issued for transfers may be different from the original number.

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

London Bikeathon is not a race so you can pedal at whatever pace is comfortable for you. There are also water stations on both 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 both 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 mile route 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!

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!

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

FUNDRAISING

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I AIM TO RAISE?

We ask all Bikeathon riders to aim to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, as your entry fee only covers the cost of us putting on the event.

Last year riders raised £223 on average, which helped us raise more than £480,000 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 very own 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 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 regular email newsletters.

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

 

More than 3,000 cyclists got on their bikes to help us beat blood cancer last year, helping us raise more than £480,000. It was a fantastic day for the charity and we cannot wait for this year’s event.

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

2014 GALLERY

Check out our galleries and video of last year's ride to get a taster of what to look out for in 2015:

Photos from the 26 and 52 mile routes >

Photos from the 100 mile route >

A Facebook gallery of your images >

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS