London to Canterbury

The Facts

  • Sunday 11th September 2016
  • London to Canterbury
  • Distance: 65 or 80 miles
  • Entry fee: from £35
  • Minimum sponsorship: from £65

London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge

  • ‘‘One of the best charity rides in the calendar’’Rider, 2015

    Sunday 11th September 2016

    Our annual cycle challenge is back! Take on over 1500 metres of exhilarating climb along the stunning Pilgrim’s Way. Riders will meet and set off from London, and can opt from a picturesque yet challenging 65 or 80 mile route, finishing with panoramic views over Canterbury Cathedral. This ride offers even the most seasoned of riders a thrill, and is also an exciting challenge for less experienced riders. Riders will benefit from extensive route support including mobile mechanics, recovery vehicles and first aid, as well as full route signage and marshals. The ride includes regular and well stocked feed stations, described by one of our 2015 riders as ‘the best of any ride I’ve done!’ Cross the finish line to our after party, where cyclists are invited to enjoy a complimentary sports massage, and can look forward to a BBQ, music, and stalls, as well as a complimentary bike cleaning service for finishers. Friends and family are encouraged to cheer their cycling heroes through the finish line, where there’ll be activities for the kids including a bouncy castle and face painting!


    Included in your entry:

    • Fundraising pack
    • Route maps (OS and schematic)
    • Digital route map files, available in GPX, TCX & Strava forms (on request)
    • Full route signage
    • Fully marshalled route
    • First aid
    • Fully stocked and regular feed stations
    • Mobile mechanic support and recovery vehicles
    • Medal and goody bag for finishers
    • Optional complimentary sports massage for finishers
       

    Entry

    Entry is from £35, with team discounts available. Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, and therefore we ask that you pledge to raise just £1 for each mile cycled to help children with brain injury. You can enter online now, contact us on 01737 364323 or email us at ltoc@thechildrenstrust.org.uk.

    We look forward to having you on board the ride!
     
  • To the start

    Start venue: David Lloyd, Kidbrooke Park Road, London, SE12 8HG

    By coach

    A coach is available to take cyclists and their bikes from Canterbury up to the start line on the morning of the event. Riders should arrive between 05:00 and 05:45 to allow enough time to wrap and pack their bikes. The coach will leave on time and will not wait for latecomers. Places are limited, so we advise you book early.

    By train

    Connecting mainline trains depart from London Victoria, London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street, Dartford and Barnehurst, and all go to Kidbrooke station which is a short 1/2 mile journey from our start venue. Please remember to check for any engineering works before you travel which may affect your journey.
    Check available train times and options
     

    By car

    If you are choosing to arrive by car, there is some free parking on the nearby roads, as well as a small amount of parking at the club itself. However, parking is limited and we would advise participants to travel via our coach or public transport where possible.


    At the finish

    Finish venue: Lifestyle Fitness, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8QA

    By coach

    A second coach will be available this year, offering transport for cyclists and their bikes from Canterbury back to London at the end of the event. Riders will be asked to wrap their bikes between 16:30 and 17:15 ready for a prompt departure. Unfortunately the coach cannot wait for latecomers. Places are limited so we advsie early booking. For those riders finishing before this time, why not take advantage of our after party which will feature a BBQ, music, stands & stalls, complimentary sports massage, and bike cleaning & maintenance service provided by our friends from Bike Tart. 

    By train

    Canterbury East and Canterbury West stations are equidistant from Lifestyle Fitness Canterbury, around one mile away. Canterbury East offers trains into London Victoria and Dover, and Canterbury West offers trains to London Victoria, London St Pancras, Margate & Ramsgate. Check available train times and options.

    By car

    There is free parking on site at Lifestyle Fitness Canterbury, and also in the surrounding road. This is particularly useful for any friends and family coming to cheer you through the finish line and join in the fun at our after party! 
     
  • Fundraising

    Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, and therefore we ask that you pledge to raise just £1 for each mile cycled to help children with brain injury. To help you get started, you can download our fundraising pack, which is filled with ideas and inspiration on how to meet your target. The easiest way to kick start your fundraising is by setting up an online giving page. This year we are really excited to be using Everyday Hero, an online fundraising platform which allows you to blog about your training, and share photos, videos and maps of your rides with your supporters. We recommend you share your page via email, Facebook and Twitter for your friends and family to sponsor you. Or, if you'd prefer to use a paper sponsorship form, you can download one here.
     

    Training

    It is important you are fit enough to take part by the time event day arrives. We have training plans available for those who require them. .
     

    Cycle wear

    It is absolutely essential that all riders wear a well-fitting, comfortable cycle helmet. We would recommend wearing clothing which is close fitting to eliminate drag from the wind, as well as something which is high visibility, so you can be seen easily by other road users. Our Children’s Trust cycle jersey is made from a high wicking, technical fabric designed to wick away moisture, and includes back pockets providing handy storage for maps, gels etc. Available in our bright green colour, you can make sure you are seen by purchasing yours now through our online shop. Padded cycling shorts/trousers are also recommended, particularly for this distance of ride. Be sure to keep well hydrated and carry at least one or two water bottles with you. Other handy extras include tyre pumps, spare tubes, eyewear, Vaseline, gloves and bike computers. Why not visit Bike Tart's online retail shop to purchase your accessories? Use code LTCCCWS and Bike Tart will donate 10% of your purchase to The Children's Trust. 

    Bikes

    Our London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge can be completed on different types of bikes including road, tandem, hybrid and mountain bikes. It is very important to make sure your bike is in roadworthy condition, both for your training and for the day of the event. If in doubt, it is advised that you have your bike checked or serviced beforehand. Our friends at Bike Tart are offering 15% off all servicing as well as donating 5% to The Children's Trust - just use code LTCCCWS to take advantage of this brilliant offer.

    Keeping up to date

    You can keep up to date with all the latest London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge news by joining us at our exclusive Facebook page. This is also a nice opportunity to engage with other riders.
     

    Get your friends & family involved

    There are several ways your friends and family can get involved too! If they don’t fancy taking on the challenge with you, why not ask them to sponsor you instead? Or, perhaps they would like to come and help cheer you and the rest of our riders through the finish line, or even help by marshalling on the route? Get in touch to find out how they can help.  
     
  • Charity Ride Timetable

    05:00-05:45 Riders taking the coach from Canterbury to the start venue meet to wrap and pack their bikes
    06:00 Coach departs Canterbury
    07:00 Registration opens
    07:00 Breakfasts available to purchase
    08:00-09:00 Riders set off in a staggered start, with 80 mile riders leaving first
    12:00 After party begins
    16:30-17:15 Riders taking the return coach to London wrap and pack their bikes
    17:30 Coach departs Canterbury
    18:00 Ride finishes


    The route

    Have a look at our schematic map to see where our beautiful picturesque routes take you. OS maps are also available by .

    Download the London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge schematic map here


    Facilities

    At the start – Toilet and changing facilities will be available. Hot and cold breakfasts will also be available to purchase. En route – There are toilet facilities at all of our feed stations, where a comprehensive selection of refreshments will be available.   At the finish – Hot showers will be available for riders and there are multiple toilet and changing facilities on site. A BBQ, offering meat and vegetarian options, will be available for purchase after the ride. There is also an on-site café offering salads, paninis, sandwiches and snacks. Our brilliant after party offers complimentary sports massage and a bike cleaning service for all finishers. There’ll be music and stalls, as well as a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids to enjoy.  So, please do encourage friends and family to join in the fun at this fantastic feel-good event! 
     
  • 9bar, sponsors of the London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge

    9bar are sponsors of the London to Canterbury bike ride, in aid of The Children's Trust
    The London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge is sponsored by 9bar, the great tasting nutritious mixed seed energy bar. High in fibre, gluten free and suitable for  vegetarians, riders will be supplied with 9bar’s fantastic energy bar throughout the ride.

    Supporters

    Bike Tart is an online and retail bike shop based in Canterbury, Kent, and are delighted to be supporting this year’s London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge.  Bike Tart will be offering bike cleaning and a basic maintenance service to our finishing riders, so be sure to look out for them at the finish line!
    USR badge for the London to Canterbury bike ride, in aid of The Children's Trust
     We are delighted to have the support of the Unity Support Riders again this year, who provide a fantastic service assisting road based events. The USR provide our London to Canterbury cyclists with excellent route support throughout the day.   We are delighted to have the support of David Lloyd this year, who will be hosting the start of our bike ride.    We are really excited to be finishing the ride with our friends at Lifestyle Fitness, a family run business and the UK leader in premium low-cost fitness clubs and leisure centres. 
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