Fun Facts

About Charity Bike Rides in the U.K.

First Charity Bike Ride

The first charity bike ride in the United Kingdom took place in 1971. The event, known as the “London to Brighton Bike Ride,” was organized by the British Heart Foundation and has since become an annual tradition.

Highest Donation Collected

The highest donation amount collected for a charity bike ride in the UK was achieved by cyclist Mark Beaumont in 2020. He completed a solo cycling challenge called “Around the World in 80 Days,” covering over 18,000 miles. Beaumont raised a staggering £2.8 million for the charity Children in Need.

Highest Number of Riders

The record for the most number of riders participating in a charity bike ride in the UK was set in 2019 during the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event. A total of 25,000 cyclists took part in the mass participation ride, which covers a 100-mile route starting in London and passing through Surrey before finishing on The Mall.

Longest Distance

The longest distance covered in a single charity bike ride in the UK is often associated with the annual Deloitte Ride Across Britain event. This challenging ride spans the entire length of the UK, covering approximately 980 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall to John o’ Groats in Scotland. Participants typically complete the distance over the course of 9 to 10 days, raising funds for various charitable causes along the way.