Riding a million miles

Sun Apr 16

For children with cancer Children's cancer charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC) is challenging cyclists from across the UK to collectively ride 1,000,000 miles in 2017 as part of its unique Million Mile Bike Ride.

The money raised will fund specially adapted trikes, static bikes, exercise equipment and advice for twenty-one paediatric oncology units throughout the UK to support children living with and beyond cancer.

CFC has developed a unique fundraising platform with charity software company Blackbaud, using the Everyday Hero system in conjunction with Strava. Rider's miles are automatically uploaded from fitness trackers such as Strava and - in the style of Blue Peter - added to a Million Mile Bike Ride totaliser. To add a bit of competition, riders are asked to pick a region to support in both terms of money and miles. Riders can clock up miles from their commute to work, weekend rides with the family or from longer cycling challenges.

Anyone, whether a club rider or not, can get involved in the Million Mile Bike Ride. All that is needed to take part is a bike and a smartphone to track your miles. Cyclists are encouraged to join individually, as a team or club. You can ride as many miles as you like or create your own personal mileage goal, which can be anything from one mile to one thousand miles and beyond. There are leaderboards on the website where you can see how you are doing compared to your fellow club members and a club team page will also populate miles into the team leaderboard, answering that old question "who is the best club in the country?"

The Million Mile Bike Ride challenge will run all year and new cyclists can sign up at anytime. Miles already ridden this year can manually be added, making every mile count.

This is a free event to join and there is no minimum fundraising amount required, in fact you don't have to fundraise. But, if you chose to do so we have some amazing incentives, which include but are not limited to, free kit, free sportive places, bike draw for a Trek carbon road bike and of course a fantastic t shirt to name but a few!

About Cyclists Fighting Cancer

Since 2005 Cyclists Fighting Cancer (registered charity number 1140017 and in Scotland SCO46355) has enabled over 3,000 children and young people across the UK who have been affected by cancer to regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes and advice.

And if a million miles is a bit too far...

Sponsored Cycle Ride

Somerset Safari. Sunday 21st May. 9am for 9.30am start. £10 entry fee per rider*. Book your place online from Wednesday 19 th April. Prodigal Bikes and AWASA invite YOU to join us on this year's Charity Cycle Ride. All are welcome** on the aptly named: Somerset Safari; which offers a scenic route spanning 60 miles around South Somerset, perfect for both experienced riders and those of you wanting to try something new and challenging! All proceeds raised go towards both Prodigal Bikes and School in a Bag. To reserve your place, visit the British Cycling website and search for "Somerset Safari" in the events section. *suggested additional minimum sponsorship contribution of £25 per rider via attached sponsorship form **all under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

David Notley