Friday, January 18, 2019

On Yer Bike! Time to Saddle Up for the Latest Transport Sector Charity Ride

June 2020 is the Month That You Can Pedal the Country and Show You Care
Shipping News Feature
UK – Transaid has published new dates for its Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) cycle challenge, with sole riders and corporate teams from across the transport and logistics industry being invited to saddle up between Tuesday 2nd and Saturday 13th June 2020, to raise funds and help Transaid keep on course for its three year attainment programme which will see more people across Africa get better access to medical and transport facilities and continue its successful fight against malaria.

The changes have been incorporated into a new fundraising pack for prospective riders and corporate supporters which is available to download here. Transaid hopes the event will raise significant funds to support its primary goals of improving commercial driving standards and ensuring better access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising at Transaid, said:

“After a period of reflection following Cycle Zambia 2018, we are now firmly focused on a grand depart from Land’s End on 2nd June 2020. This is a truly iconic ride for any bike-it bucket list and we’ll be following the same 972-mile route taken by thousands of riders every year. Plus, we’re offering opportunities for both single riders and teams to get involved, enabling groups of friends and colleagues to share in both the pedalling and fundraising.”

Transaid is partnering with cycle tour specialist Classic Challenge to organise the event, with single riders able to sign-up for either the full 12-day adventure (travelling home on Sunday 14th June) or to any number of the four three-day legs. Relay teams can include up to four riders, each tackling one leg of the journey, and with companies invited to enter multiple teams. Alan Hunt, Managing Director of trailer manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull UK, and one of the first to sign up as a solo rider, commented:

“LEJOG is about the whole industry coming together to support Transaid. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the chance to do something truly amazing to help others; no doubt with some valuable networking included along the way!”

Individual cyclists signing up to do the challenge end-to-end must pay a £250 registration fee and raise a minimum sponsorship target of £2,750. For a single stage of the challenge, there is a £150 registration fee and commitment to raising at least £1,250 in sponsorship. Teams of four riders riding one stage each will pay a group registration fee of £400 and must raise at least £4,000 collectively.

Registration can be made here.

The 2020 event will take riders through some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery, covering the length of the British Isles; from the leafy lanes of Cornwall, through the dramatic scenery of Dartmoor, The Cotswolds, The Lake District and ending in the stunning hills and glens of the Scottish Highlands.