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When my grandpa was a boy, he would set off in the morning on his bike and travel at least sixty miles coast before heading back home again for supper. It amazes me how fit he was. Most people would not dream of doing that today - at least not on a regular basis. A trip to the sea side would be strictly by car, train or bus.

Maybe it is time to prove that we can still be as fit as they were in the thirties and forties by taking up a challenging sixty mile bike ride across the country, in aid of charity.

Bike Events is the UK's largest cycling organisers, providing safe, family routes suitable for anyone over five. They hold numerous day events every year in order to raise money for charity, and there are currently four planned to take place from London.

London to Oxford
7th July, 7.30am-9.30am start times

Starting from Syon Park in Brentford, the sixty mile journey to Oxpens Meadow, Oxford, will be a leisurely ride. There will be a lunch break at the river in Marlow, a few steep climbs at Chiltern Hills, and a scenic path through Christmas Common. At the end of the trip, there will be live music and drinks in the beer tent. Anyone fourteen or over can enter for 18.50, and all sponsorship money will go to St. Mungo's.

London to Southend
21st July, 7am-9.10am start times

A fifty-two mile ride from Victoria Park to Southend-on-Sea will take you through the beautiful gardens of Priory Park. On completing the journey, there will be music, refreshments, and a sports massage. Fourteens and over can sign-up for 19.75, with all sponsorship money going towards The British Heart Foundation.

London to Cambridge
28th July, 7.30am-9.30am start times

Begin your sixty-mile journey at Pickett's Lock and end at Midsummer Common for music, drinks, and a massage. It is 20 to enter for fourteens and over, with all sponsorship money going to BreakThrough Cancer.

London to Windsor
8th September, 9am-10.30am

This open ride from Richmond Green has a choice of three routes at either fifty-five miles, thirty-seven miles, or twenty-nine miles, which is perfect for families. After travelling through leafy lanes and villages, On arriving at Alexandra Gardens, you will be greeted with entertainment, food stalls, and a circus. Adult entry is 19.50, and for under fifteens it is 8. All sponsorship money goes towards CoppaFeel and Back Up Team.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 7th, 21st, 28th July, 8th Sept
Where: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor, Southend
Cost: 18.50-25 adult, 8 child
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