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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 London 2023 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 raise?

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 could give someone with breast cancer an hour of vital support from someone who really understands what they’re going through. Breast Cancer Now's Someone Like Me service connects people with breast cancer with someone who’s been through a similar experience.
  • £330 will enable Jo’s to train 3 volunteers who will then go on to support hundreds of callers through difficult times on the Helpline.

Join the 500 club!

If you raise £500 or more by 29th March 2023 (i.e. 1 month before the event), 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 hero. We will also send you fab fundraising ideas in the lead up to the challenge, so look out for our updates.

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)

The challenge

What is included?

The registration fee and event costs (included in the sponsorship target) cover:

  • Full event management and support - the Dream Team are on hand from the moment you sign up for the challenge to provide any help you may need and answer any questions.
  • Our start/finish venue in London, with toilet facilities, a supervised bag drop and bike racking, help desk etc. We'll release the full details of our venue and how to get there closer to the event.
  • Pre-event warm-up and entertainment, with motivational music and speeches, charity and supplier stalls and a variety of refreshments available for you and your supporters to purchase.
  • Pasta supper for all participants before the ride starts.
  • 2 expertly-designed, safety-assessed and signposted routes with marshals.
  • Feed Stations en route, with a variety of tasty refreshments, water and hot drinks (vegan and gluten free options available).
  • Ride the Night London high-vis vest.
  • Ride the Night London 2023 medal.
  • Bicycle mechanics (both roaming and at the start/finish).
  • First aid support (both roaming and at the start/finish).
  • Control Room in operation throughout the event, with medical and route staff who can locate where you are for any non 999 emergencies and get you help as soon as possible.
  • Your Ride the Night London 2023 resources, including training plan, sponsorship forms and Rider Pack, with your Rider Manual, Bike Number and Rider Number.
  • The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of the three charities, so please do your best to exceed the minimum fundraising target.

What are the Ride the Night London 2023 routes?

Our Ride the Night London 2023 start/finish venue and routes are not yet confirmed, but if you're one of our amazing past Ride the Nighters, you can expect them to be very similar to our 2022 routes. Both the 50km and 100km route will take you past loads of iconic London landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster, the London Eye and many more world-famous sites.

Closer to the event, we'll release the full route details with GPS links, but there's no way you will get lost, as both routes will be very well sign-posted with marshals peppered at key points along the way to guide you in the right direction. There will also be Feed Stations, with a variety of tasty refreshments to keep you energised throughout your challenge, plus toilet facilities, bike racking and first-aid support.

Both the 50km and the 100km routes are well lit and on tarmac. However, you will still need to have your bike lights on throughout your cycle and to keep spare batteries to hand.

Will there be a Ride the Night in Edinburgh or any other cities in 2023?

No, there will only be one Ride the Night in 2023, which will take place in London on Saturday 29th April 2023.

Participants and volunteering

Is there a minimum/maximum age limit?

You need to be 18 years old or over to take part in Ride the Night London 2023. There's no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2023 is that it brings adults of all ages and from all cycles of life together for one incredible cause.

16 and 17-year olds may participate if given permission by the event organisers. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email bookings@dream-challenges.com and we'll be happy to help.

Can men take part?

We're afraid men can't participate in this Women V Cancer challenge. However, they are more than welcome to join the cause as a Ride Maker (aka. Ride the Night London volunteer). We'll have a range of roles for both men and women, from supervising the bike racks to helping out at registration or the rest stops and more.

If you are interested in joining us as a Ride Maker, please get in touch and we will contact you to confirm your place as a Ride Maker.

How do I apply to be a Ride Maker or Ride Angel?

We're on the lookout for volunteers for Ride the Night London 2023, so if you want to join the cause but can't commit to the challenge, this is an awesome way to get involved.

Ride Makers
We have a range of Ride Maker roles for both men and women, from helping out at registration to supervising the bike racks to supplying riders with well-deserved snacks, refreshments and hot drinks at feed stations - and the list goes on!

Ride Angels
We're also looking for experienced female cyclists, with Breeze or equivalent qualification, to support on the night as Ride Angels.

The role is voluntary, but will involve taking part in the challenge free of charge. Responsibilities will include fixing punctures, marshalling and supporting anyone who is struggling.

If you'd like to help out as a Ride Maker or Ride Angel, please get in touch and we'll contact you to confirm if you have been successful.

Venue

How do I get there?

Our Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2023 start/finish venue is not yet confirmed, but you can be sure it will be easily accessible with fantastic public transport connections. We will have a secure 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.

We'll release the full details of the venue, including location and how to get there, closer to the event.

 

Fundraising

How do my funds reach the three Women V Cancer charities?

It's all done automatically through your fundraising page so you don't need to do anything. If you have raised funds offline, please let us know by contacting events@dream-challenges.com.

What happens if I don’t reach the fundraising target?

This is a hugely important fundraising event for our three crucial Women V Cancer charities. Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action have invested a lot of money in essential event costs, including your participation, trusting that everyone who has registered for the challenge will take part and do their very best to fundraise or donate a minimum of £100 by Friday 17th March 2023 (6 weeks before the event).

Without your support, our incredible Women V Cancer charities may lose out on the vital funds they need to continue to help those facing cancer.

If you don't think you'll be able to fundraise in time, you have several options:

  • Make a donation on your own fundraising page to reach your £100 target.
  • Transfer your place to Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2024 or another Women V Cancer challenge to give yourself more time to fundraise.
  • Cancel your place on the challenge. This would unfortunately mean that you would lose your registration fee as it is non-refundable.

If you choose to transfer to next year's event or another challenge, please email us at customercare@dream-challenges.com as soon as possible so that we can arrange this for you.

How do I log in to my fundraising page?

You can log in to your Ride the Night London 2023 fundraising page by clicking the Login button at the top of the Ride the Night London 2023 homepage. If you have forgotten your password, there is an option to reset it. Once you have logged in, you can personalise your fundraising page to your liking, add a photo and your reasons for Riding the Night to encourage more people to support you on your challenge.

All about bikes

What do I need?

You need to bring your own bike and a cycling helmet is essential.

It is also essential that you have front and rear lights fitted on your bike. Please bring spare batteries too. We provide bike mechanics but do ask that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike, should you get a puncture on the challenge.

Need to hire a bike? We're delighted to have the fantastic British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2023.

They'll be at our start/finish point on the night. Remember to please hire your bike in advance, so they know how many to bring. Please email them at info@britishbikehire.co.uk

It won't be possible to hire a bike last minute from them.

Can I hire a bike?

Yes! We're delighted to have the fantastic British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2023.

They'll be at our start/finish point on the night. Remember to please hire your bike in advance, so they know how many to bring. Please email them at info@britishbikehire.co.uk

It won't be possible to hire a bike last minute from them.

What type of bike should I use?

Both the 50km and 100km routes are all on road – therefore we recommend using a road or hybrid bike. If you plan to use a mountain bike we would advise fitting road tyres for the challenge.

You are also more than welcome to use an electric bike. We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems.

Need to hire a bike? We're delighted to have the fantastic British Bike Hire supporting Women V Cancer Ride the Night London 2023.

They'll be at our start/finish venue on the night. Remember to please hire your bike in advance, so they know how many to bring. Please email them at info@britishbikehire.co.uk

It won't be possible to hire a bike last minute from them.

Can I take part on an electric bike?

Of course! You are more than welcome to use an electric bike. We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems.

Can I take part on a handbike?

Absolutely! If you plan to take part on a handbike, please let us know in advance. Please bring your own bike with working front and rear lights, along with a spare inner tube.

What about bicycle problems?

There will be bike mechanics at the start of the challenge, at all of the rest stops and roaming mechanics along the route. We recommend servicing your bike before the challenge and that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike.

What about insurance?

We have public liability insurance. However we cannot insure your bicycle on this challenge, so please make sure your bicycle is covered on your home contents insurance or that you take out a specialist bicycle cover.

Safety and Security

What do I need to be aware of when cycling at night?

It is vital that you follow the Highway Code throughout the challenge and please note that there will not be road closures for the event.

The route is well lit and on quieter roads wherever possible - however once you arrive in central London there will be traffic and you should be confident to deal with this. 

We recommend that you don't ride alone at any part of the challenge. However, don't be afraid of signing up solo - we have a Lone Riders Facebook group and meet-up on the night, so you can cycle with fellow Ride the Night superheroes. We'll send you the link to the Facebook group once you've signed up to the challenge.

We also ask that you respect the local residents along the route and keep noise levels to a minimum. 

Please check out the Ride the Night London Safety Video on the Tips and Resources page here. We will also have a short safety briefing prior to setting off on the night of the challenge.

It is very important that you are visible to road users. We will provide you with a free Women V Cancer Ride the Night high-vis vest to wear on the challenge.

It is essential that you have working front and rear bicycle lights for the duration of the challenge and that you bring spare batteries for them. We recommend that you wear additional high-vis clothing.