In London there is no longer any sign of heavy snow. With higher temperatures outside and days becoming longer you can start planning your summer activities. One of the best ideas is to take part in a bike ride - one or perhaps more. With most of them you can also do some good and raise funds for charities. Events listed below are just suggestions for this year but there a lot more opportunities out there. Take your bike and start getting ready.
1. Moonriders It's a night bike ride offering two routes – from London to Cambridge on the night of 10th/11th May 2013 and London to Brighton on the night of 12th/13th July 2013. It will be an extraordinary experience with a party at the start and finish line; there will be music, DJs, breakfast at the end and much more. Distance ain't easy though – it's 100km. Full hospitality en-route including hot meals and snacks will be provided.
Moonrides are open to all types of bikes and to riders of all abilities. If you don't want to go back to London by bike organisers are providing free bike return to the capital. For registration details, please visit the website.
2. Thames Bridges Bike Ride
It's a well established event on the cycling calendar as this year's edition is the 17th event to be held. It'll take place on Sunday, May 12th and participants can choose from a range of 8 (family), 33 (standard) or 50 (extended) miles routes. Everyone will meet all together at the end line in Hurst Park where there'll be time for celebration and relaxation. Every cyclist will receive an event T-shirt as part of their registration, but this year they will be also offered the option to purchase a cycling jersey too! The benefit for everyone, apart from spending healthy day outside, is to raise money for The Stroke Association. For registration details, please visit the website.
A taste of last year's Thames Bridges Bike Ride
3. LA fitness Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge This is another challenge offering London to Brighton route and it will take place on Sunday, June 30th. Participants can choose from four routes (30 to 75 miles long) which will take then to Brighton beach through picturesque country roads. Free refreshments, mechanical assistance and first aid will be provided on the way. All cyclists will be raising funds for two charities – Norwood and the Down's Syndrome Association. For registration details, please visit the website.
4. Prudential ride London-Surrey 100 This ride is supposed to build the legacy of London Olympics 2012, which is why its start line will be located in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As the name suggests, the route will be 100 miles long. Nevertheless competition is open for all-levels and everyone is welcome to take part. There will also be a Business Relay challenge, where up to 1,000 teams of four riders will cycle around 25 miles each. The event will take place on Sunday, August 4th and for more details visit the website.