Envision Tri-City Cycling Challenge 2018

Friday 15th June - Sunday 17th June 2018 - Registration Fee £350

Join us on our 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 time you’ll be enjoying the beautiful countryside in the summer.

Our 2017 bike ride was a huge success, raising over £120,000, helping us bring our Community-Apprentice programme to more young people. If 250 miles and social mobility are two things that motivate you, then please come ride with us.  Here's a taste of how much fun we had:


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

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

What are the logistics?

Thursday 14th June

  • If you’re able to drop your bike off in Fulham, we will take it by van to Bristol
  • Arrive in Bristol by train on the evening of 14th June
  • Envision volunteers to meet participants at Bristol Temple meads station and escort to the Penny Brohn UK charity headquarters in Pill, just outside of Bristol (BS20 0HH)
  • Launch dinner (please note Penny Brohn is an alcohol-free venue)

Friday 15th June

  • Breakfast at 6.30am on Friday
  • 8am 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 16th June

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

Sunday 17th June

  • Approach London via scenic Buckinghamshire countryside and along the beautiful Grand Union canal
  • Finish point in central London in the early afternoon
  • Celebratory picnic 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 details of the 2017 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 2017 experience the peloton 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 ride in 2017 was the mix of riders:  young and old, male and female, experienced cyclists and relative beginners.  We had a number of very experienced cyclists in 2017.  But for many of the participants the 2017 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. All the riders finished in 2017, and there are already several “silver cyclists” committed to the 2018 ride!  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 2018 is £350.  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 13th 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 managed to get this sponsored in 2017 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 £125,000.   This was sufficient to give an additional 250 young people the opportunity to do the potentially life-changing ten-month Community-Apprentice programme.  We would love to try and match or even exceed this in 2018.  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).  The cost will be £75 per day for participants, plus £75 per night for twin room accommodation (including dinner and breakfast) if relevant.  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.