My RideLondon Virtual Cycle

The Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling has inspired hundreds of thousands of people over the past seven years to get on their bikes to raise money for UK charities.

Our own hero from Gidea Park parish, the late Hans de Vrind, was one of its regular participants and success stories, raising many thousands of pounds for local charities including our own.

This year, as the RideLondon festival is announced as a virtual challenge for cyclists of all ages, we are hoping to find someone to take up Hans’ mantle and continue his legacy to ride for us raising vital funds for our work.

How does it work?

The organisers of RideLondon have recognised that many charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most.

They have re-branded this important festival as My RideLondon inviting cyclists of all ages and abilities to come together to take part in a free challenge on 15th and 16th August to raise money for charity.

Your Ride – Your Charity – Your Way

Whatever your age or ability, you can join in anywhere - on your own, with family, friends, parish or cycling groups.

My Prudential RideLondon includes four challenges for all ages and abilities that participants can do on a route of their choice, anywhere on either 15th or 16th August:

  • My RideLondon-Surrey 100: 100-mile ride
  • My RideLondon-Surrey 46: 46-mile ride
  • My RideLondon-Surrey 19: 19-mile ride
  • My RideLondon FreeCycle: An event that allows you to set your own challenge (starting from 1km) on the wheels of your choice: bikes, push scooters, skateboards, trikes, balance bikes, roller skates, wheelchairs or anything that is self-propelled (e-bikes are fine too).

You can either set up your own fundraising page (see below) and choose Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society as your charity, or simply ask your sponsors to donate to our Take A Minute Emergency Appeal page mentioning your name and 'My RideLondon' in the comment box.

Register for the full RideLondon experience

Remember this is a FREE challenge - there is no entry fee this year.

If you would like the full RideLondon experience, you can register here at the My RideLondon site and select your challenge level.

The site will also provide a link to Virgin Money Giving where you can set up your fundraising page if you wish.

Once signed up, participants will be able to download the new My Prudential RideLondon app in event week. This will give every participant and supporter a unique ride day experience, including:

  • A GPS function that enables friends and family to follow a rider’s progress on the virtual Prudential RideLondon route
  • Creation of a personalised Prudential RideLondon certificate that shows the rider’s completed route and ride time
  • Selfie frames to give riders personalised Prudential RideLondon finisher photographs
  • Direct donation button through to each rider’s Virgin Money Giving fundraising page

Participants are asked to follow current Government guidelines on cycling.

Read full details in the My RideLondon Factsheet available here.

Please remember to send us your photos by email or tag us on social media - we are on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and will be sharing My RideLondon photos throughout the weekend using the hashtag #MyPRL.

Whatever distance you choose to ride - 1 mile or 100 miles, please know that whatever you and your sponsors are able to raise for us at this difficult time, will make a difference to the lives of the children and families we support.

To discuss any further aspect of the My RideLondon challenge, please email Libby who will be happy to help.