Envision's All-New Cycling Challenge 2020!

Friday 19th June - Sunday 21st June 2020. Entry Fee £400 (shared accommodation) or £475 (single room accommodation)

2020 will be the fourth year of this popular cycling event, which goes from strength to strength. The aim of the event is for riders to get fit, take on a personal challenge, make friends and have fun - and in the process raise money for a brilliant youth charity. In its first 3 years the ride went from Bristol to Birmingham to London, as these are the cities where Envision has worked the longest. You can get a sense of the ride from previous years’ videos here. This year we will again do a 3-day bike ride but we will be taking on a new route, from the beautiful Peak District to London. The route has been selected to start near to our new operations in Manchester and Leeds, to keep the popular feature of meeting various Envision teams along the way, but also importantly to take advantage of the stunning cycling countryside of the Peak District and the countryside from there to London. 

Our 2019 bike ride was a huge success, raising just over £100,000 which helped us bring our Community-Apprentice programme to more young people. If a physical challenge and helping to level the playing field for young people are two things that motivate you, then please come ride with us. Here's a taste of how much fun we had last year:

 

What are the logistics?

  • If you’re able to drop your bike off in Fulham on (or before) the night of Wednesday 17th June, we will take it to the start point by van.
  • We will arrange a coach or train for riders leaving London after lunch on the afternoon of Thursday 18th June. This will take riders to the start point, The Buxton Palace Hotel & Spa.
  • If you can't make the coach/train you can just make your own way to the hotel.
  • We will have a launch dinner at the hotel on Thursday evening.

 

A full itinerary and route information, including gradients, will be distributed closer to the event date, but if you would like further details of the 2020 route please click here to read the full PDF invite with all the details or email: rosie.nicholas@envision.org.uk or simonlough@btinternet.com.

Is this a big charity bike ride with lots of participants and marshals?

No – that isn’t Envision’s style at all. We believe in a challenge! We will of course provide a Health and Safety briefing before the ride and at the start of each day. We will transport bags between accommodation and provide lunch and water stops. We will also have two experienced support riders who can help with navigation and simple mechanical issues. We will have fully prepared the ride route, providing GPX files for the route which you can follow via Garmin (recommended) or Strava. However, we will be relying on electronic navigation and/or cue sheets/map, and there won’t be route signs or a group of marshals at every turn. Don’t worry though - based on the experiences of the pelotons over the last three years, cyclists will split into 3 or 4 smaller groups who will then go at a pace they are comfortable with and work together to follow the route. It will be an entrepreneurial challenge, in keeping with Envision’s culture, and you will work as a team and display the qualities Envision focuses on developing in young people – teamwork, communication, grit and creative thinking.

I’ve never done anything like this before. Is it for me?  How fit do I need to be?

One of the great things about the rides in 2017, 2018 and 2019 was the mix of riders: young and old, male and female, experienced cyclists, relative beginners and Envision graduates. We attract a number of seasoned cyclists. But for many, the ride was the first cycling endurance challenge they had done – and both groups loved it. Of course, any bike ride of around 250 miles in 3 days requires you to be reasonably fit, but as long as you are healthy and train in advance you should be absolutely fine. Every single rider to take part has completed the challenge. If you’re not sure about your fitness, please consult your doctor before committing to the ride. 

How much will it cost me to take part? 

The registration fee for 2020 is £400 (shared accommodation) or £475 (single room accommodation). This secures your place on the ride. It will cover the costs of the event including accommodation (either shared twin room or single room), meals including lunch and dinner (but not drinks) and refreshments en route. It will also cover the costs of the van, which will pick up bikes from South West London on Wednesday 17th June, take them to the start in the Peak District, and move the bags between overnight stops. The following is not included: personal travel to the Peak District if not travelling up with Envision on the Thursday afternoon, personal cycling insurance or drinks.

How much are you looking to raise overall?

In 2017 our riders raised the astonishing amount of nearly £120,000 and in both 2018 and 2019 we reached over £100,000 per year. In total, this was sufficient to give an additional 600 young people the opportunity to do the potentially life-changing ten-month Community-Apprentice programme across three years. Envision turns 20 in 2020 and so we would love to beat the last two years and get back up to the £120,000 mark, in keeping with the '20' theme. Now there’s a challenge! 

I’d love to do part of the ride but can’t do all 3 days.  Can I still participate?

Yes, we welcome riders for single days (or 2 days) and we will be able to discuss the price with you based on the number of day/s you wish to participate. We still ask you to commit to trying to raise at least £1,000.

How do I apply?

Please email simonlough@btinternet.com to apply. In your email please include: 

  • A bit about you
  • Why you would like to take part
  • How confident you are raising the minimum £1,000 fundraising target. 

We look forward to hearing from you!