London to Canterbury

The Facts

  • Sunday 10th September 2017
  • 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 10th September 2017

    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. Friends and family are encouraged to cheer their cycling heroes through the finish line, where there’ll even be activities for the kids!

    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 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 still enter on the day at the start venue.

    We look forward to having you on board the ride!

  • 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.


    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.


    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.