Why do a charity bike ride? The ultimate answer is that at the end you’ll get back more than you put in the bike sportive. However, selecting, planning and participating in charity rides or sponsored bike rides can take some time or even be overwhelming; demanding a lot to be put in.
Nevertheless, if you want to do one, here are some of the best charity rides in 2019, mainly from the UK.
- Prudential Ride London
When: 4 August 2019
In the iconic Olympic Park, Queen Elizabeth, the exhilarating Surrey 46 route will get you through central London passing some of the famous landmarks in the capital. The ride head to the Richmond Pack picturesque, before jumping back on your way to London for a thrilling finish on the mall, in front of Buckingham Palace.
For the most sustained views, both the crowd and the atmosphere, Surrey 46 Prudential Ride London is the all cycling events pinnacle.
From the beautiful Surrey countryside all long to the final line on the mall, the charity ride will have some motivational tips, expert training advice, and extra shouting from the sidelines on the moments. Not to mention the inclusive after-party invite.
- The Night Ride from Manchester to Blackpool
When: 5 – 6 October 2019
Location: Manchester to Blackpool
Make 2019 a different year by doing something that will count, something you’ll never forget. The journey will set off at midnight from the iconic Emirates Cricket Ground, and then take 52 miles on the Lancashire route, towards the glowing Blackpool seafront.
Here, the switch will be hit for the world-famous exclusive illuminations, just to welcome you as you approach the finish line.
While the beds and the sheets get others stuck, you’ll be genuinely experiencing an unforgettable challenge with both physical and mental endurance.
It’ll be a hard task, but cycling up the Blackpool promenade, with the dazzling lights above you across the finish line, you’ll have completed the challenge that will help save a life, in the end; you’ll feel its worth.
Due to the absence of public transport at the time of this event, there will be an optional travel service. It’ll be running from Blackpool to Manchester to bring participants and their bikes, both to and from just after the ride. You’ll need to pay for this service.
- Land’s End – John O’Groats Cycle
Starts: 27 August 2019
Ends: 8 September-2019
Location: Land’s End – John O’Groats
It is a 1000 miles bike cover from Land’s End heading the O’Groats through the most amazing and remote countryside along the British Isles.
The challenge in this legendary route is to cycle to your furthest all over the British Isles. You’ll begin by the rocky cliffs and the Land’s End pounding seas, get through the Dartmoor rolling hills and the incredible mountains in the Lake District. Ride along the Great Glen to finish at the UK Northernmost point, in the mainland. The challenge is so iconic with lifetime memorable moments.
- Pedal for Scotland
Date: 8 September 2019
Try the BHF Champions team by taking a Pedal for Scotland rides. The following is a selection of two incredible events catering cyclist of all abilities.
- The 45 Miles Classic challenge
Whether your riding skills are thrilling, moderate or want to start a more often cycling, this 45-miles can surely offer a significant challenge with a fun ending day.
The ride starts at the Glasgow Green, then keep the wheels on the amazing closed roads heading Edinburgh. After 45 miles later you’ll be probably crossing the classic challenge finish line, to receive your well-achieved metal.
- The Big Belter 100 Miles
The ride is primarily focusing on those who cycle regularly; it’s for those willing to put their legs to test through some hilly climbs.
It also starts in Glasgow Green. Cycle along the 20 miles closed roads before encountering several steeper climbs and some bothering descents.
However, you’ll enjoy the spectacular Scottish views, before getting back in Edinburgh to receive a medal for your pretty good accomplishment.
- Coast to Coast Costa Rica Cycle
When: 1 – 10 November 2019
Location: Costa Rica
If you’re in, training is a must if you are. The challenge isn’t for faint-hearted people, though Costa Rica offers a brilliant backdrop for this beautiful adventure.
The ride starts right at the Pacific Coast, Playa del Coco. The cycle to reach Boca del Pantano will take more than seven days to cover the 460 km.
You’ll ride across Costa Rica farmlands, enjoy exploring stunning mountain ranges, bustling colonial, tropical Caribbean lowlands and the smouldering volcanoes.
The challenge is tough, but it’ll fund lifesaving research, British heart foundation and your effort will help.
Cycling for charity; sponsored or charity rides are both rewarding and challenging, but in the end, you’ll have participated for a good cause. Enjoy the ride!