There are a whole host of charity bike rides to take part in across the country and beyond, suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Our flagship event, the Big Battlefield Bike Ride takes place annually to help raise funds for wounded veterans. Find out more about our 2021 event here.
Other events from the London to Brighton charity bike ride through to the London to Paris bike ride, give plenty of opportunities to get on your bike and raise money for charity - whether cycling is a newfound hobby or you’re a seasoned pro looking to take on a new challenge!
What do you need to take part in a charity bike ride?
Whether you participate in a short charity bike ride for fun or you’ve signed up to take part in a challenging, long-distance charity bike ride, it’s important that you’re properly prepared for the event.
Here are some of the items that you’ll need on your charity bike ride:
A road bike/mountain bike
First aid items
The key to a successful bike ride definitely comes down to the planning involved, from ensuring you’re fit enough and deciding what distance is achievable, through to figuring out the best way to fundraise for your event, there is lots to consider.
And remember, if you’re taking part in a charity bike ride that’s 50 miles or more, it’s not only you that has to be in good shape, your bike does too! And, as well as your bike, it is essential you have a helmet and a pair of gloves.
Choose your challenge
One of the main advantages of charity bike rides is that they are inclusive – anyone can sign up and take part.
Of course, it’s important that you commit to a cycle ride that is within your ability and limits, so that you don’t injure yourself or push yourself too far.
Charity bike rides near me – How to find local charity bike rides
There are lots of charity bike rides taking place throughout the country. Here are some of the most popular charity cycling events you might want to join:
Manchester to Blackpool
The Manchester to Blackpool bike ride is an extremely popular event, attracting cyclists of all ages and abilities. Covering 60 miles, from Manchester to the South Promenade in Blackpool, cyclists can enjoy lots of refreshment stops along the scenic country lanes of Lancashire. Entry costs £19.80.
New Forest Charity Bike Ride
The New Forest Charity Bike Ride is a great choice for everyone. Encompassing different cycle routes, ranging from 60 miles through to 45 or 30 miles, all four routes start and finish in Brockenhurst.
Charity bike rides in London
The capital is renowned for its fantastic choice of charity bike rides. Popular events include:
London to Brighton Charity Bike Night Ride
The London to Brighton Charity Bike Night Ride is a 60-mile route renowned for its electric atmosphere. Attracting around 5,000 cyclists each year, this night ride includes two rest stops and incorporates a gruelling climb up Devil’s Dyke.
London to Paris
The London to Paris cycling event is a 300-mile cycle from the centre of London to the Eiffel Tower. Taking place over five days, the ride passes through plenty of pretty villages and market towns in northern France.
Birmingham to London
Birmingham to London cycle ride attracts riders from all over the country, as well as international cyclists.
Of course, for cyclists that love nothing more than a challenge, there are also lots of endurance, long-distance charity bike rides in the UK, including John O’Groats to Land’s End and 100-mile charity bike rides.
Or, if you’re planning on taking your charity cycle adventure to a whole new level, why not sign up to an overseas charity bike ride challenge?
Children’s bike rides
It’s not just adults that can set their wheels in motion for a good cause, little ones love a charity bike ride too! There are lots of UK charity bike rides and family cycle events that big kids and little kids can enjoy together.
Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle
Pedal for Parkinson’s cycle events
Fred Whitton Saddleback Challenge (best suited to teens)
The Chiltern 100 ride
Organising a charity bike ride
Of course, you could always organise your own charity bike ride. Planning is the most important part of setting up your charity bike ride, from picking a location, informing the appropriate authorities of your plans and getting the right insurance, through to advertising your event, hiring the correct staff and route planning.
After all, it’s important that all participants have all the information they need regarding the ride destination, facilities, parking and even the event’s proximity to public transport.
Show your support for those that put their life on the line for us and get involved with Help for Heroes by fundraising, volunteering your time, donating or taking part in a charity bike ride.