Rapha Charity Bike Event for Ambitious About Autism
As we get closer to September 1st, excitement levels are already rising here on the Adlington Hall Estate, as we start to get ready for the Rapha Charity London to Manchester Bike Ride. This hugely popular event, with hundreds of participants, aims to raise over £1 million for the amazing charity ‘Ambitious About Autism’. Although an annual event, this is the first year the charity race will finish in the North, as all previous years have finished in London. So, you can imagine our delight that Adlington Hall has been chosen as the finish line.
Starting in London, at the famous European Rugby Champion’s Saracens Ground on Saturday 31st August at midnight, the challenging route will cover 220 miles. We will be ready and waiting to welcome all the heroic riders across the finish line, throughout the afternoon/evening of Sunday 1st September. We cannot wait!!
As a versatile venue available to hire for many different types of events, we are so excited to welcome all the participants, organisers, families, supporters and spectators.
The full press release from Rapha follows;
Rapha’s annual charity ride for Ambitious about Autism heads for a Northern finish for the first time
An epic charity ride set up by the founder of cycling brand Rapha is heading north for the first time in its history.
The 220 mile London to Manchester challenge was created by Rapha’s founder Simon Mottram in 2014 and to date has raised over £1 million for Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism.
Simon’s son Oscar is a student at the charity’s Ambitious College, a specialist day college for young people with complex autism in London.
The challenge traditionally sees hundreds of riders set off from Manchester at dawn, riding down the spine of the country through the Peak District, Midlands and the Chilterns before finishing in the capital.
But in a twist this year – following a victory for last year’s Northern riders – the challenge has been turned on its head, with participants this year completing their journey at Adlington Hall, near Macclesfield.
The refreshed route sees riders set off from European rugby champion’s Saracens ground in London from 12am on Saturday 31 August 2019 and cycle through the night to arrive at the finish line in the afternoon on Sunday 1 September.
Also for the first time this year, teams of four riders – plus a driver – will be able to sign up together to complete the race as a relay team.
Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said: “By taking part in this challenge, riders really are playing a key role in transforming opportunities for children and young people with autism – making sure they can lead fulfilling and happy lives.
This year’s ride has taken an exciting new twist and we can’t wait to cheer on our inspirational riders as they head to their northern finish line.
Each rider taking part this year will have the opportunity to receive an exclusive London to Manchester Rapha jersey. Riders will be supplied along the route by feed stations filled with nutritious goodies and then greeted with a celebratory party at the finish line.
Mechanics and technical support will also be in place throughout the challenge, and in the run up to the ride, participants can expect plenty of support and advice on fundraising and training from a dedicated team.
To take part in the L2M event there is a non-refundable registration fee of £150 and riders must commit to raising a minimum of £750 exclusively for Ambitious about Autism. Registration for the relay team costs £200 with a team fundraising target of £2000. Link to sign up
‘Ambitious About Autism’ in their own words say about their charity; “Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College we offer specialist education and support.
Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.”
More info about Rapha – Rapha is now more than just a clothing company – in addition to an online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories and publications, the brand includes physical retail locations, luxury travel, and a cycling club with global membership. Growing from three employees in 2004 to more than 350 in 2016, Rapha’s design aesthetic and multichannel retail model have taken the company from startup to global enterprise. While the majority of Rapha’s business is online, an ever-expanding network of Clubhouses around the world means that customers can experience the brand in person and immerse themselves in the culture of road cycling. The Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) was established in 2015 as a global cycling club and natural extension of the brand and currently has over 7000 members.