Rapha’s Manchester to London Challenge is a unique one-day event travelling through the heart of the UK. Setting off at dawn from Manchester Velodrome, each rider will attempt to complete the 220-mile parcours before midnight, arriving at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. A tough day out for even the most seasoned sportive riders, this will be a celebration of British cycling and culture.
Held on Sunday the 7th September, the route will travel along quiet roads through the Peak District, the Midlands, the Chiltern Hills and across to east London. There will be four feed stops along the route, positioned in quintessentially British villages serving local fare. There will also be roaming mechanical support, but self-sufficiency will be key.
After the success of the Bordeaux-Paris Challenge in 2013, the aim again is to raise money for Ambitious about Autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects 1 in 100 people and the charity is one close to Rapha CEO and founder Simon Mottram, whose son Oscar has autism.
Entry costs £150 and places are limited to 300 and we’re asking each rider to raise £750 for Ambitious about Autism.
The distance and terrain will provide a real challenge travelling through some of Britain’s most beautiful and lesser-known landscapes. Each rider on entry is allocated a team, either North or South (unless you’re from Birmingham, in which case you must choose a team). The quickest average time will then be declared the winning region, and will host the finish of the following year’s event.
Riding down the spine of the country, the route heads through the Peak District, rising above Snakes Pass. Out of the tough terrain of the Peaks it’s into the rolling roads of the Midlands. On the approach to London it’s into Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns, known for short and steep topography with head-high hedgerows and twisty lanes. The final leg skirts across the northern side of the capital and down into the east side of London, to finish at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.
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