Can you cycle 50, 160 or even 442 miles in July and August?

Coronavirus has forced the cancellation of our fundraising cycling events planned for the Spring/Summer, so we’ve gone digital!  Although we will have to wait until next year for our actual challenge events, you can now cycle the distance and ‘virtually’ go to Brighton (50m), Bruges (160m) or The Pyrenees RAID (442 miles).

Simply sign up and cycle your chosen distance (50, 160 or 442 miles) between 1 July–31 August (you can split the distance over as many days as you like) and raise money to support our charitable frontline projects in East Surrey.

How it works

Choose your distance from the options below and complete the challenge ‘virtually’ – by cycling on local roads, or on or on your turbo or smart trainer (or in a gym if restrictions at the time allow). Riders can complete the challenge at any time between 1 July – 31 August in as many rides as they wish.

On entering, you will have access to our virtual challenge portal (which integrates with Strava and Garmin Connect) where you can upload your cycling mileage and photos. Upload as many photos as you like, share them on social media using #YMCAVirtualCycle and tag us on Twitter @ymca_challenge or on Facebook @YMCAChallenge so we can share with the community.

Entry and fundraising

Entry is free but we’re asking that riders set their own fundraising goal to support our charitable work.

Our fundraising programme has really taken a hit during the Pandemic with much of our income-generating activity suspended. However, we have kept our front line work such as Housing, Counselling and Inclusive Work with Children and Young People running throughout and desperately need some funds to ensure we can continue to provide these vital services.  In view of this, any money you are prepared to raise will guarantee we can do this. Once registered, you will be sent a link to set up your fundraising page.

We really do appreciate your help and therefore everyone who completes their challenge and raises money will receive a Certificate of Achievement and Congratulatory Medal courtesy of Brewers. In addition, all adults raising over £300 will receive a YMCA Challenge 150 Cycle Shirt designed and sponsored by Clockwise Marketing.  Fundraising totals will be confirmed as from 1 August 2020 and our top fundraiser will be rewarded with a gift from Balfes Bikes in Reigate.

Event options

Virtual Brighton 50 | 50 Miles
The actual Brighton 50 event is still scheduled to take place on 22 August, but will be dependent on Government guidelines at the time. Whether it goes ahead or not, this 50-mile virtual event is good practice or a great excuse to get your bike out.

Suitable for beginners, those new to cycling and families. If you want to enter as a family, get yourself a Team Name to upload your mileage and note that the total mileage will be as a family and not individuals. So if a family of four cycle 5 miles, it will be 5 miles and not 20.  However, if the little ones are getting a bit tired, the grownups can make up the difference, and remember you have all of July to do it.

Virtual Cycle to Bruges | 160 Miles
The actual ride we had planned in June would have taken you from Redhill to Bruges via Dover, Dunkirk and Ypres. As this isn’t possible, you can make up your own mind where you cycle and for how long. As long as you get to 160 miles by the end of July – you’ll have covered the distance!

This ride is more suitable for those with a bit more cycling experience.

Virtual Raid Pyrenees | 442 Miles
This will by the Ultra Challenge of 2021! We had planned to cycle from Hendaye to Cerbere, taking in the mega Pyrenees, so this is one for the committed cyclists. It will be difficult to find such climbs locally, but if you want an extra challenge you could attempt to cover the distance in an elapsed time of 100 hours over 5 days true to the original challenge.

Other cycling events

We are still monitoring guidance as to whether we will be able to hold our Brighton 50 cycle challenge in August 2020.

All other cycling challenges have been postponed to next year and the remaining places will go on sale soon. However, a year is a long way off so we hope you can join us in our summer cycling challenge!

Find out more

For more information, please contact Kim Roderick.

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