Women V Cancer

Ride the Night
London 2023


Saturday 29th April 2023

Get ready for the UK's biggest female cycling event!

Women V Cancer Ride the Night London is back for 2023 and just like the past eight events, it's going to be epic!

On one summer's night, thousands of amazing ladies will unite to cycle a phenomenal 50km or 100km through London for Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action and you should be there too!

Make thousands of friends, achieve an extraordinary challenge and see the iconic landmarks of London like never before! The Women V Cancer flagship challenge is too magical to believe until you live it for yourself, so join us this May bank holiday and get ready for the greatest night of your life!

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Raised so far

£4,931

Our goal

£1,000,000

1. Join Us

Joining the challenge is quick and easy. Simply sign up, create your fundraising page and you’re ready to go.

2. Fundraise

Share your page and why you’re challenging yourself to Ride the Night for women affected by cancer in the UK. Can you hit the target of £100?

3. Train

Follow our training plan that steadily builds up as the big night gets closer.

It's time to show cancer who's boss!

We'll start with motivational music, speeches, warm-ups and more, all geared to get you excited for the challenge ahead (venue TBC).

Then you'll jump on your bikes and set off in waves to cycle 50km or 100km (you choose) through London! Pedalling past Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and many more iconic landmarks, you’ll light up London with your pink high-vis Ride the Night London vests and the sparkling Women V Cancer spirit. All the while, you’ll get fit, make a group of awesome new friends and most importantly, raise vital funds and awareness for three life-saving women’s cancer charities.

Places are limited and are already flying fast, so what are you waiting for? Secure your start wave now to cycle 50km or 100km and paint the capital city pink!

Sign up solo or bring your team!

Our Women V Cancer flagship challenge is perfect for solo cyclists and teams alike! Either way, we can pretty much guarantee that you will finish your challenge with a group of new friends you'll want to keep in touch with for years.

The amazing thing about Women V Cancer Ride the Night London is that it brings inspiring women from all cycles of life together in support of three crucial cancer charities.

Every single one of our Women V Cancer heroes signs up for different, sometimes very personal, reasons and we're all there to support each other to achieve an incredible challenge for the people we have loved and lost to breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

Our Charities

We’re Breast Cancer Now, the charity that’s steered by world-class research and powered by life-changing care. We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer and cervical cell changes. Our mission is to see cervical cancer eliminated in the UK and, in the meantime, provide much needed support to those affected by cervical cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Action is working towards a world where no woman dies of ovarian cancer. We’re investing in research projects across three vital areas: prevention, earlier diagnosis and more effective treatments. Improvements in each of these areas will transform the lives of women today and for generations to come.

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To take part in Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2023, we ask you to raise a minimum of £100 each for Women V Cancer.

This can make a real difference for people affected by breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

£100

£100 could help fund Jo’s “Ask the Expert” service for a day, buy a bottle of serum for Ovarian Cancer Action’s scientists to culture cells in the lab and enable Breast Cancer Now to send out 500 leaflets to doctor surgeries in the UK promoting breast checking and highlighting the symptoms of breast cancer, so that more women can catch it early before it spreads.

£500

£500 will educate over 1,000 women, including those in high risk groups, about ovarian and cervical cancers and their symptoms, while funding one day’s use of specialised microscopes for research into how breast cancer develops and spreads.

£1,000

£1,000 could enable OCA scientists to detect the types of DNA at high risk of ovarian cancer and fund two specialist nurses on the Breast Cancer Now helpline for a day, while also funding the recruitment and training of one volunteer for Jo’s helpline, who will go on to support hundreds of women per year.

Join the 500 club!

If you raise £500 or more by 29th March 2023, you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey.

Please take a look at our seasonal fundraising ideas to fuel your inspiration. We will also send you these in the lead up to the challenge.

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Itinerary

Saturday 29th April

From 6pm | Check-in Opens

Check-in to Ride the Night London 2023 opens from 6pm at a beautiful venue in London (TBC), which will mark both the start and end of our challenge, with the first wave of cyclists setting off at 9pm. We'll release the full details of our venue and how to get there closer to the event.

We'll have a bag drop, bike racking, stalls for each of our amazing Women V Cancer charities, a free pasta supper, toilet facilities and stands with refreshments available for you and your supporters to purchase.

Once you've checked in, you can make the most of the exciting atmosphere and enjoy the pre-event warm-ups and entertainment, including motivational music and speeches.

Take this opportunity to relax and make friends with your fellow Ride the Night London warriors, before you're called to your start wave. With thousands of you all dressed up in bright outfits, it's also a great time for a selfie or ten!

Saturday 29th April 2023

From 9pm | Staggered starts

We will set you off in groups of 75 women at 2-minute intervals to take on your expertly-crafted 50km or 100km route around London.

You can select your distance and start time when registering (9.00pm, 9.30pm, 10 pm or 10.30pm). Each start wave has a limited number of spaces, so male sure to book early to secure your preferred start time.

Our routes aren't finalised yet, but you can bet that both the 50km and 100km route will take you past loads of iconic London landmarks. You'll cycle past Buckingham Palace, Westminster, the London Eye and many more world-famous sites, which will look even more beautiful lit up at night.

The routes will be all on-tarmac, mostly flat and circular, finishing back at our start venue. There's no chance you'll get lost, as there'll be clear signposting throughout and marshals peppered along the way to guide you in the right direction.

We'll have Feed Stations (details TBC) with a variety of tasty, free snacks and drinks (vegan and gluten free options available) to keep you energised throughout the challenge. Each Feed Station will also have first aid support, bike mechanics and toilet facilities.

Ride the Night London 2023 is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete the 100km route in around five hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to ten hours. The 50km route should take around three to five hours.

The cut off time is 7am on Sunday morning, but no-one will be left behind, as we will have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists.

Top three FAQs

How fit do I need to be?

Ride the Night London 2023 is non competitive and it isn't designed for professional athletes. It’s designed for women from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to get fit for and push themselves out of their comfort zone to raise funds for people facing cancer.

Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) or 50km (approx. 31 miles) in one night is a mighty challenge, but it’s achievable if you train and we provide you with a training plan that you can download at any time from the Ride the Night London 2023 tips and resources page.

A number of the women who will take part in this exciting challenge will have a low fitness level when they sign up. Ride the Night is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, all whilst raising funds for three amazing charities.

Take it from one of our wonderful past Ride the Nighters, Joanne:

"Come on ladies, I did the 100km challenge and I'd never been on a bike before I signed up. You have people cheering you all the way around and an absolutely fantastic feeling when you finish! I will definitely do it again! When I signed up, I was the same as everyone else, like "sure I can do this," but as the time got closer, I started to question why I had entered - but I'm so glad I did!

It was organised so well that I had no doubts when I arrived. Yes, 100km sounds a lot, but you just do it. We did it in eight hours and it was pain free. So if I could do it in the stupid weather we had, then anyone can!"

 

Download your free training plan

How much do I need to fundraise?

To take part in this important Women V Cancer fundraising event, we ask you to fundraise a minimum of £100 by Friday 17th March 2023 (6 weeks before the event), so that your challenge can make a difference for people facing cancer at an extremely tough time.

The money you raise is split evenly between our three charities and will go a long way to help them continue their vital work...

£30 could buy a bottle of specialist dye to stain cancer cells, so that Ovarian Cancer Action’s researchers can study them with a microscope.

£100 can enable Breast Cancer Now to send out another 1,000 leaflets to GPs to promote breast checking and inform about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

£500 will enable Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to provide a weekend of training to two new Helpline volunteers supporting hundreds of women.

Join the 500 club!

If you raise £500 or more by 29th March 2023, you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey.

Please take a look at our Tips and Resources here to fuel your inspiration and smash your challenge like a superhero. We will also send you seasonal fundraising ideas in the lead up to the challenge.

How does the money I raise help women affected by cancer?

The money you raise funds the vital work of our three Women V Cancer charities who are raising awareness, providing support and funding research into breast, ovarian and cervical cancers. If you’d like to know more about how each charity is making a difference for women affected by cancer, visit their websites below.

Breast Cancer Now

www.breastcancernow.org

Registered charity no 1160558 (England and Wales) and SC045584 (Scotland) and 1200 (Isle of Man).

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

www.jostrust.org.uk

Registered charity no. 1133542 (England and Wales) and SC041236 (Scotland)

Ovarian Cancer Action

www.ovarian.org

Registered charity no. 1109743 (England and Wales) and SC043478 (Scotland)

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