What is the CARE London to Brighton Cycle Challenge?
You will cycle from city to coast in this one day bike ride from London to Brighton (the date for 2014 will be released soon) You will cover over 56 miles (91km) through some of the South’s most stunning countryside. All cyclists will congregate at Kingston upon Thames in the morning and make their way to Brighton on their bikes. Funds raised will support aid and development agency CARE International.
Do I need my own bike for the London to Brighton Cycle Challenge?
Yes, all cyclists will need to bring their own bike and helmet. We can advise on places to hire a bike.
How many people do we need to take part in the CARE London to Brighton Cycle Challenge?
As many as you want! From individuals to groups of friends or colleagues, everyone is welcome to take part. If you would like to cycle with friends and family, we can arrange it that you have the same start time – please let us know after each individual has registered.
How will I know the way to cycle from London to Brighton?
Don’t worry, the route will be fully signed so you won’t get lost. There will also be guides cycling the route, so if you prefer to cycle in a group, you can join them.
How fit do I need to be for the London to Brighton ride?
You need to be reasonably fit to complete the challenge, although nearly anyone can take part providing that they follow the training plan that we provide upon registration.
How will I get back from Brighton?
Transport back to London is not provided. However, we are able to provide a bike transfer service for the cost of £10 per bike, which you need to book in advance. Please note bikes must be collected from Kingston by 20:00hrs on the Saturday night. Alternatively, you are able to take your bike on the train from Brighton.
Can I stay in Brighton on the Saturday night?
Of course. Brighton is always very busy at the weekend and some hoteliers operate a minimum 2 night stay policy. If you are planning to stay over, we strongly advise that you book accommodation ASAP.
What is provided for me on the London to Brighton challenge?
• Marked route and instructions
• Guides on the course
• Marshals on route
• Support staff and medics
• 2 refreshment stops
• Celebration drink at the finish
What do I need to bring?
• Bike and helmet
• Comfortable cycling clothes for all weathers
• Water bottle and water
• Snacks for the day
• Mobile phone
Do I need insurance?
As the event is registered with British Cycling all participants are automatically entitled to Third Party (Public) Liability Insurance (for participants at fault or partly at fault). This insurance will cover you if you are blamed for causing an incident and someone wants to pursue a claim against you. You are insured for claims up to £10m. If you wish to gain further cover you can join British Cycling, which offers different levels of cover (depending on the membership level) as well as a range of benefits including discount at Wiggle, Halfords, CNP and Training Peaks and access to the new Sportive Training Plans. Find out more: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership/article/ride-membership
When should I sign up?
ASAP! This will ensure you get a place and give you time to train, prepare and fundraise.
Can I take part in any other cycling challenges?
Of course! If you also take part in our CARE Olympic Cycle Challenge too, we’ll waive your £30 registration fee for your second challenge, so you will have a reduced fundraising target for the two bike rides. If you take part in our London to Paris Cycle Challenge you can complete London to Brighton Cycle Challenge for just £30 (which covers event costs).
How much do I have to fundraise?
We ask each cyclist to reach or exceed a target of £150. This includes a £30 registration fee, which covers the event costs.
Why should I support CARE International?
• CARE works in 87 countries helping poor and marginalized people find ways out of poverty. CARE was recently voted as a top aid agency by experts in the field, so you can be assured your support is making a huge difference to the people who need it the most
• CARE has staying power. Our mission is to create lasting and long-term change in the poorest communities. This often means instigating radical changes to the wider systems of government or business that keep people trapped in poverty from one generation to the next.
• CARE puts money where it is needed. 94 pence in every pound goes directly to our poverty fighting work. That’s one of the highest rates among all UK aid agencies.
• CARE is always among the first to respond when disaster strikes. We make sure the aid gets to precisely where it is needed most.
• CARE has an unparalleled track record of working with communities to help them find sustainable ways of making a living.
• CARE places great emphasis on local presence. Over 90% of our staff is employed locally to ensure that we are really responding to local cultures.
If you have any more questions, please contact us on 020 7091 6111 or email email@example.com