So how can you get involved? I know nobody is going to sponsor you to go for a bike ride, it is what you do. So here are some ideas to spice up your riding and impress your mates:
Enter a race for the first time, there are lots of local races organised by clubs, road racing can be exhilarating, if you don’t fancy the road look out for races on circuits like the ones at Oulton Park. Ride a time trial, if you’ve never tried it, you’ll be surprised how exhausting (and addictive) riding 10 miles can be. Do triathlon, see if your legs can cope with the transition from cycling to running, there is great camaraderie on these events, and you get a swim thrown in as a bonus. Do a tour, even with a lightweight road bike it is possible to carry enough kit for an overnight or two if you use B&Bs. There are some great routes in the UK. Check out the Sustrans web site for ideas. Ride an Audax event, just remember that they will be friendly, you’ll get a brew, cake and maybe a meal, they but won’t be that impressed with your weekly 80-mile club ride. Their holy grail is the 1200km Paris Breast Paris Ride, now there’s a challenge! You could set up a club challenge, can you collectively ride to the moon and back during June, or perhaps accumulate the distance to somewhere slightly closer?
I could go on, but I’m sure you’re getting the picture, we
want you to challenge yourself, impress your friends and family enough to get
their wallets open and for you to have fun.
Workplace and Businesses
So we are three weeks away from the start of the Foundation Rides 2019 what
does it mean for businesses and how can you get involved at work?
For a company having a happy, healthy workforce is good for
the bottom line. Community involvement
raises your profile and a healthy CSR commitment can score highly in tenders.
Here’s some benefits
of getting involved:
Free up parking spaces if people cycle to work Exercise alleviates workplace stress Employees engagement can be enhanced through involvement Team development as a result of a focus on doing good Use the opportunity to get publicity in local and trade press Where ‘green’ credentials are concerned actions speak loader than words.
So, get together, join in set some exciting goals and make
some money to help less fortunate youngsters. Most of all have fun. Enter at
#whatisyourchallenge For the return of the Foundation Rides we have a real treat for you. A customised medal. It is based on a chainwheel design and will look great either around your neck, hung up at home or work. To get one of these special medals all you have to do is sign up at www.foundationrides.co.uk and raise a minimum of £30. Everyone who enters will receive a certificate too and you will be making a difference to youngsters who really need our help.
Sign up today and start planning your June riding.
In the first of our series we look at how the Foundation
Rides can work for families. Bike rides
are a great way to spend time together as a family. There are many places where
you can ride off the road away from traffic including cycle paths, canal
towpaths, some parks and converted disused railways.
Use the challenge of the Foundation Rides to plan some
family time and get some exercise at the same time.
Some ideas for a challenge include:
Go for a family picnic Ride to visit a friend or relative Commit to riding together once a week Visit a local landmark/attraction by bike Introduce a family member to cycling
You could even plan a short tour with an overnight stop, it
doesn’t have to be camping, you could use a hotel or youth hostel. Now that
sounds like an adventure doesn’t it?
Whatever you are thinking of doing sign up for the Foundation Rides today (link to entry form above) and help us raise some much needed money to support our community activities. Have fun.