Women V Cancer

Ride the Night
London 2021

Saturday 29th May 2021

Join us on the Women V Cancer 10-year anniversary for our flagship cycling challenge. In 2021, it will be more special than ever, to celebrate ten years of cycling for people affected by breast, cervical and ovarian cancers!

Together, over a thousand women will cycle 50km or 100km (you choose!) through London at night to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

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Raised so far

£78,094

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.

Starting and finishing at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse,

you’ll soak up the electric Ride the Night vibe with motivational music, speeches and warm-ups.

Then it's time to set off in waves for your chosen route. Pedalling past Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Tate Modern, the West End Theatres and many more spectacular buildings, you’ll light up London with your bright pink Ride the Night vests and the sparkling Women V Cancer spirit. All the while, you’ll get fit and make a bunch of wonderful new friends.

Superhero Theme

show us your super cycling power!

What's more, for the Women V Cancer ten-year anniversary, we have a theme! All our Women V Cancer supporters are superheroes and it's time to show the world!

Come dressed as a superhero (optional) and make sure to enjoy all the themed festivities we'll have at the race course!

After ten years of cycling success, we'll show the whole of London your super pedalling power, used to save and support the lives of countless people affected by cancer.

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 2021, 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.

£150

£150 would 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 April 2021, you will get a free official 500 club cycling jersey.

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

Top fundraisers

Itinerary

From 6pm

Check-in Opens | Royal Windsor Racecourse

Check-in to Ride the Night 2021 from 6pm at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse which marks both the start and end of our challenge, with the first wave of cyclists setting off at 9pm.

There's free parking with plenty of space at the racecourse for all participants (please feel free to bring your campervan if you'd like to camp here after you've conquered your ride).

We'll also have a bag drop, stalls for each of our amazing Women V Cancer charities and stands with refreshments available for you and your supporters to purchase.

To mark the Women V Cancer 10-year anniversary, we have a superhero theme, so all our entertainment will celebrate the wonders your super pedalling power can do for people affected by cancer.

We'll have themed pre-event warm-ups, refreshments and entertainment, including motivational music and speeches.

Take this opportunity to relax and make friends with your fellow Ride the Night super heroes, 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!

From 9pm

Staggered Starts

You will be set off in groups of 75 women at two-minute intervals to take on your 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 please register now to secure your preferred start time.

Both the 50km and 100km route will take you past loads of iconic London landmarks, which will look even more beautiful all lit up at night.

The 50km route won't be circular but will end in the lights of Central London (venue TBC) - and of course, a crew of wonderful Ride Makers and staff will be there to congratulate you as you pedal those last few metres! There, our free shuttle busses will drive you and your bike from the finish point back to Windsor. If you would prefer to travel directly from your starting point back home, please feel free to make your own travel arrangements.

We'll have Feed Stations along the way (details TBC) with a variety of tasty, free snacks and drinks (with 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 is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete the 100km route in about 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 isn’t designed for Olympic athletes - it’s designed for women from all cycles of life looking for a challenge to train and get fit for.

Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) or 50km (approx. 31 miles) at night is a challenge, but it’s definitely achievable with a reasonable amount of training.

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 this in May 2018 and I'd never been on a bike before. 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 on the 26th May 18, then anyone can!"

Download your free training plan

How much do I need to fundraise?

There’s no minimum sponsorship target, but we ask you to aim for £100 or more, so that your challenge can make a difference for people affected by cancer.

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

£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 April 2021, 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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