Ride The Night - Windsor to London

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Gear up, ladies: Women V Cancer Ride the Night is back for 2019 to kick off the start of summer with a bright pink boost for our three women’s cancer charities.Cycling 100km through London at night, you’ll befriend thousands of other super inspiring women from all cycles of life that share your drive to get fit for an amazing cause. Starting and finishing at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse, you’ll soak up the electric Ride the Night vibe with motivational music, speeches and warm-ups. By the time you saddle up at the start line in Windsor, you’ll be revved up and raring to go.Our flagship Women V Cancer challenge takes you past many of London’s iconic landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and many more - and they look even more beautiful at night with bright and colourful lights.
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Where and when
50 Clewer Park, Windsor SL4 5HD, UK
Start times
Sat, 25 May 2019
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Here's what races are available for Ride The Night - Windsor to London
Route information
Starting and finishing at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, the 100 km route will take you through central London, passing many of our capital city’s iconic sights and parks and seeing a diversity of areas as you ride through the different zones. There will be three rest stops along the way, with refreshments and toilets.
Ride the Night is not a race and there are no event timings. We anticipate that faster cyclists will complete Ride the Night in four hours, whilst slower cyclists will take up to eight hours. The cut off time is 7am on Sunday morning, but no-one will be left behind, as we will have a sweeper van behind the final group of cyclists.
Some tips for staying safe while on the ride:
Safety first – safety is always our priority and we ask you to please follow the safety briefing we provide for you online, in the weeks running up to your ride. You’ll also get a short safety briefing before you set off on the night of the challenge, so you’ll be well prepped.
Be visible - It is very important that road users can see you. We provide you with a Women V Cancer Ride the Night hi-viz vest and we recommend you wear additional hi-viz clothing. It is of course also essential for you to have working front and rear bicycle lights and that you bring spare batteries for them.
Follow the Highway Code - Please note there won’t be any road closures for this challenge and you need to follow the Highway Code. The route is well lit and on quieter roads wherever possible - however once you arrive in central London there will be traffic and you should be confident to deal with this.
Remember people are sleeping - You do need to remember that the local residents will be trying to get some rest, so please respect them and keep noise levels to a minimum.
Cycle together - We recommend that you don’t ride alone at any part of the challenge. Not only is it safer to cycle with other people, it’s more fun, too! Please don’t be worried about signing up on your own, though! The majority of women sign up for Women V Cancer challenges on their own and you will soon make new friends. There’s also a Ride the Night Facebook group, where you can make friends beforehand and you’re likely to find someone in your local area who you can meet up with to train or fundraise with.
What's included
Full event management, including the fully
signposted route, event marshals, roaming
first-aid support and mechanical support
Pink hi-viz cycling vest and your rider number
Your official Ride the Night medal
Water, tea, coffee and snacks at the feed stations
Supper before the ride (gluten free available)
How to get there
50 Clewer Park, Windsor SL4 5HD, UK
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There’s free parking (with plenty of space) at the beautiful Royal Windsor Racecourse, which marks the start and end point of our challenge.
Kit List
You can bring your own bike or arrange to hire a bike from British Bike Hire, which will be ready for you to collect at Windsor. Please ensure you book your bike hire online well in advance. It is essential that you bring a cycling helmet and have front and rear lights fitted on your bike. You’ll definitely need spare batteries too. We provide bike mechanics; but we ask that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike, should you get a puncture on the challenge.
What type of bike should I use?
The cycle route is all on road, so we recommend using a road or hybrid bike. If you plan to use a mountain bike, we would advise fitting road tyres for the challenge. You’re also welcome to use an electric bike. We recommend that your bike is serviced before the challenge to minimise the chance of any mechanical problems.
How fit do I need to be?
Cycling 100km (approx. 62 miles) at night is a challenge, but something that is definitely achievable with a reasonable amount of training. A number of the women who will take part in this exciting challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. Women V Cancer Ride the Night is the perfect motivation to train and get fit, all whilst raising funds for three amazing causes. We will e-mail you training guidelines to help you get fit for the challenge; you can also download your free Ride the Night training plan from the event website.
What about bicycle problems?
There will be bike mechanics at the start of the challenge, at all of the rest stops and roaming mechanics along the route. We recommend servicing your bike before the challenge and that you bring a spare inner tube that is specific to your bike.
What is the minimum age limit?
You must be at least 18 years old to take part in Women V Cancer Ride the Night London, unless given permission by the event organisers.
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Recent Questions
Judith Brady
I a man already booked onto Ride the Night London 100km on Sat 25 May - please do you have the route available on .strava or as a gpx file so I can have a proper look at the route and elevation? Thank you.
Stephy Dennis
Hello, just to let you know I have uploaded a gpx file that'll you be able to see on the event page. I will also share the link for the route incase you would also like to download it for yourself! https://www.strava.com/routes/2474923 All the best!
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