In 2010, Rob Forbes cycled 20184km from Cirencester, England to Rustenberg, South Africa, raising £23,205 for Re~Cycle. Riding a bike and raising some money is fast becoming Britain’s favourite sport. Not sure how to do so? Our avid cyclers at Re~Cycle have put together a guide on how to organise and complete (and rock) a sponsored charity bike ride. Here’s to doing good, new friends, and adventures on the road.
A sponsored bike ride can be a great way to raise money for any charity, so we've put together a great selection of resources to help you on your mission.
JustGiving is an online system where you can set up a page for collecting money for Re~Cycle, and they reclaim the tax that donor have paid already. Sponship form, great for sponsored rides, etc: "an incredibly convenient, quick and secure way of raising funds from your contacts both in the UK and overseas".
Here we've put together a some information to help pick which bicycle is the best for you, whether you're planning a grand expedition or just need something for popping to the shops.
You can’t prepare for every eventuality on the road, but you can ensure that you maximise the fun of your charity bicycle ride from day one by starting with a decent fitness base. Don’t just rely on the fact that you will get fitter as you tour – some basic training and preparation will help ensure that you feel comfortable and confident on your bike, and will help avoid any injuries as your body adjusts to long days on the bike.
Thinking of embarking on a trip across Africa? Well you're mad. If you're still thinking of embarking on a trip across Africa then we've got some advice for you.
The London to Canterbury route is not for the faint hearted! It follows the route of the Tour De France, including four hill climbs (a total of 2046m!), so is quite a challenge.
Planning on doing the End to End? Well we have the 'masterplan' to speed you on your way. Some great tips in here for any ride.
Handlebar Bag, Panniers, Saddlebag
- easy access, for food, phone, money
- some have map pocket on top
- can get clip off ones, with strap
Get one of these. Seriously. They're an absolute lifesaver (if chain breaks...), and include (amongst other things):
- First send the page to people who're likely to donate more - as others following will be more likely to donate similar amounts, or at least be generous
- Put the length of your ride down
- Delete the 'default' photo and put in one of your own
- Most companies like to support their employees in charitable work, as employees are 'stakeholders'
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Many employers have a charity pot
- Matched Funding, eg. For every £1 raised for Re~Cycle, we will match with another £1