Envision Tri-City Cycling Challenge 2019

Friday 14th June - Sunday 16th June 2019 - Registration Fee £375

Join us on our annual 250 mile, 3 day bike ride! Starting in Bristol, our route is mainly rural with over 90% of the ride on B and minor roads. So, although it’s a Tri-City Challenge, you’ll find that most of the time you’ll be enjoying the beautiful countryside during British summertime!

Our 2018 bike ride was a huge success, raising 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:


Why have you chosen Bristol, Birmingham and London for the ride?

Envision operates in these three cities. And conveniently they are linked with some beautiful countryside and easy to ride B roads.

What are the logistics?

  • If you’re able to drop your bike off in Fulham on (or before) the night of Wednesday 12th June, we will take it by van to Bristol
  • Arrive in Bristol by train on the evening of Thursday 13th June
  • Envision volunteers to meet participants at Bristol Temple Meads station and escort to the Penny Brohn UK charity headquarters in Pill, just outside Bristol (BS20 0HH)
  • Launch dinner (please note Penny Brohn is an alcohol-free venue)

Friday 14th June

  • Breakfast at 6.30am
  • 8.00am start
  • Set off on route 41 of Sustran’s national cycle network
  • After approx. 90 miles we will finish at the Gainsborough House Hotel (DY11 6BS), a listed Georgian house just outside Kidderminster

Saturday 15th June

  • Ride 90 miles via Birmingham
  • Stay at the Best Western Buckingham Hotel, Buckingham

Sunday 16th June

  • Approach London via scenic Buckinghamshire countryside and along the beautiful Grand Union canal
  • Finish point in central London in the early afternoon
  • Celebratory event for family, friends and Envision students, graduates and supporters

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 2019 route please email: 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 2 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 two 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, resilience and problem-solving.

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 and 2018 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 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 2019 is £375. This secures your place on the ride. It will cover the costs of the event including shared accommodation typically in twin rooms (single rooms will be available at a supplement of about £30 a night, payable separately), 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 12th June, take them to the start at Penny Brohn, and move the bags between overnight stops. The following is not included: personal train travel to Bristol (we have managed to get this sponsored in the past but there is no guarantee we will be able to do this again), personal cycling insurance or drinks.

How much are you looking to raise overall?

In 2017 our 28 riders raised the astonishing amount of around £120,000 and in 2018 we reached over £100,000. In total, this was sufficient to give an additional 400 young people the opportunity to do the potentially life-changing ten-month Community-Apprentice programme across two years. We would love to try and match or even exceed these past targets in 2019. 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!