Organise your own cycling event

CYCLE OYO

The Challenge

Organise your own cycling challenge and help beat dementia with every pedal. Your challenge can be any distance, any terrain, any location, and you can do it as a personal challenge or as a group.

From ten miles to 10,000 miles, however you choose to cycle, every penny you raise will help us support more people affected by dementia and get us closer to a cure. 

Here are some simple steps to get started:

1.    Fill in our online form and we'll send you a fundraising pack
2.    Plan your ride 
3.    Tell your friends and family and get fundraising!
4.    Cycle and help beat dementia

If you raise over £200 you’ll get a free cycling Jersey, and if you pass the £1K mark we'll send you professional bib shorts to wear on your ride! 

Looking for inspiration?

Here are some of the most popular cycling routes out there:

  • Box Hill, Olympic Circuit - Surrey
  • Coast to Coast cycle - North England
  • Land’s End to John O'Groats - UK
  • Manchester to Blackpool - North England
  • Wales End to End - Anglesey to Cardiff
  • The Camel Trail - Cornwall 
  • Richmond Park - London 
  • London to Amsterdam
  • Centurion - 100 miles, anywhere!

What you will get

When you fundraise for us, you will receive:

  • a welcome pack with fundraising help and materials
  • free cycle top once you raise £200
  • complete the look, raise £1000 and claim your own free bib shorts
  • support from our dedicated events team to help you smash your fundraising target
  • access to a Facebook group where you can chat to other challengers
  • a free cotton T-shirt
  • training information and access to professional coaches

FAQs

How do I get my cycle top?

As soon as you have raised £200 just drop us an email with your size and we will send you out a top! Cycle jersey sizes are S, M, L, XL and XXL. The same applies when you have raised £1000 - email the team and we will send you a pair of bib shorts to complete the look. 

Where can I get a sponsor form?

Sponsorship forms will be in your event fundraising pack, we can of course send some copies out to you via post! Simply email us to request this. 

Is there a minimum or maximum distance?

Not at all! You can set the distance of your cycle and it’s completely up to you. Also, there’s no time limit so you can do it all at your own pace. Our helpful fundraising pack contains training advice and tips.

Can we take part as a group?

Yes! The more the merrier. Just ask each group member to sign up here. You can also set up a JustGiving page as a group or individually.

How much do I have to fundraise?

There’s no strict minimum fundraising target, but if you raise £200 or more you will receive a very stylish Alzheimer’s Society cycling top. The more you raise, the more you will be helping people affected by dementia. 

How can I fundraise?

Our handy pack contains all kinds of tips and advice for fundraising. We suggest you set up a JustGiving page and share it with your friends and family on social media so they can see your achievement! There are a whole host of ideas, from cake sales to quizzes. 

Contact us

If you have any further questions just email the Challenge team or call 0330 333 0804 - we're always happy to help.

What others say

“Well, my Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge is done. Fundraising pretty much complete and my life will never quite be the same again. What an epic journey with some ordinary people each doing an extraordinary thing.” – Trevor from Essex, 59

“My experience of cycling from London to Paris was life-changing. It took me from being a couch potato to super fit. It focused me on the positive things in life and really got me out of the mind-set that I was in.” - Phil from Liverpool, 48

How you money helps

Your cycle could make a life-changing impact for people affected by dementia:

  • £200 could speed up the search for an effective treatment for vascular dementia by paying for a year’s worth of clinical trial drugs.
  • £590 could provide a space for people worried about dementia to connect, tell their stories and support each other by funding our online community Talking Point for a weekend.
  • £1,040 could support people with dementia to keep doing the activities they love and try new things by funding a Side by Side service for a week. Volunteers support people with dementia to do whatever they enjoy, from going to a football match to visiting a café for lunch.
     
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To find out more contact the Events team  on 0330 333 0804 or email: [email protected]

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