This year’s London Bikeathon is almost upon us and we cannot wait to meet all our riders on the start line as we cycle together as part of one unstoppable team united by one goal to beat blood cancer. Besides the ride, there’s lots for riders and spectators to look forward to. Check out our guide to find out how to make the most of the day:
We’re letting riders off in waves this year to help ease congestion at the start. Information on exact start times went out with the starter packs but 100 mile riders will be setting off from Ham House from 8am. 26 and 52 milers will be starting in Coram’s Fields.
Riders are advised to be ready to get underway 15 minutes prior to start time but do feel free to turn up earlier as there’s plenty of space and we’ll have stalls serving coffee and all the breakfast essentials including bacon sandwiches!
Friends and family are also more than welcome to come to the start to cheer riders off, take photos and submit good luck messages which we’ll display on our big screen.
During the ride
In Coram’s Fields
We’ve got a whole host of activities going on in Coram’s Fields during the course of the ride to keep friends and family entertained.
For starters, there’s a mountain bike display team showing off their incredible skills – not to be attempted at home (or during the course of the Bikeathon!). There’s also music playing throughout the day as well as a specialist kids play area for the little ones.
A smoothie serving fire engine and Proper Coffee stand will also be on hand for all your refreshment needs as well as a bar which will open as soon as the first riders make their way back to Coram’s Fields.
Our big screen will also be displaying tweets, pictures and updates live from the course to help you keep updated with riders’ progress. It’ll also be playing videos and information on how you’re helping us to beat blood cancer.
At Ham House
At Ham House there will be food and refreshments including a Proper Coffee station as well as a big screen with live updates to keep you updated on how the riders are getting on out in the Surrey Hills.
Out on the course
There are a number of places for you to cheer on riders out on the course. On the 26 & 52 mile routes the water station at King Edward Memorial Park is a good place to catch up with loved ones stopping off for a snack/drink and well-earned rest. On the 100 mile route the water stations at Box Hill, Loxwood and Albury Village Halls are also logical points to head for.
Other places worth considering are Richmond Park, Battersea Park and Canary Wharf but ultimately it’s up to you! We’ll have maps available for you to pick up on the day but if you want to plan in advance you can view the routes here:
After the ride
After the ride participants and families at Coram’s Fields can toast their achievements with a cold beer from our on-site bar whilst feasting on a delicious hog roast. With the music in full swing until 6pm, post-ride is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the personal and collective achievement of completing the Bikeathon and helping beat blood cancer.
Keep an eye out for our press team amid the celebrations as they’ll be taking photos and interviewing participants to include in our post-Bikeathon coverage which we’ll be sharing on Facebook next week.
Sunday promises to be a truly special day and we cannot wait to meet you all. Until then rest up, eat well and good luck with your last minute fundraising - together we will beat blood cancer.