Have you always dreamed of cycling in a straight line from Aldershot to Chichester with a bunch of awesome cycling mates? OF COURSE you have!
Bognor L has everything: a canal tow path, epic cruising through the South Downs national park, a tour of Roman Chichester and finishing up with a sea splash in Bognor Regis.
Don't be fooled by the stats – our malicious tour planners have routed this one-day ride over Chalk Hill, a totally unnecessary 6km climb that gets up to a ridonkulous 15% gradient. Off-road.
You. Are. Welcome.
GREAT! HOW MUCH WILL IT BE?!
This day ride is PAY AS YOU FEEL!
We don't want cost to be a barrier for anyone joining us. Obviously lunch, snacks, van power and team power that we put into this ride does cost money, so if you do have a bunch of coins to send our way - that'd be fantastic. But if not - that's cool too!
Ride with us, make some noise and let's raise as much as we can for Choose Love.
NOTE: Fundraising is a separate thing. Scroll down to find out more about that...
Saturday 11 September AM // Meet at Farnborough Main Station. We’ll say our hellos and you’ll get the chance to pick up snacks and dump your spare kit in Calypso, our support van.
An hour or so later... // We leave, cycling off along the Basingstoke Canal towpath in small groups. Although we have a pretty big distance to cover, this isn’t a race, so bring your chillest vibes.
Over the next 8-10 or so hours… // We cycle loads! The first half of the ride is pretty hilly as we climb through the beautiful hills of Hampshire. Beacon Hill is a 200m ascent and then Chalk Hill is a tasty 150m ascent with some pretty steep sections. There’s no shame in walking!
Note: Chalk Hill is an unpaved bridleway – it should be absolutely fine for cycling as long as there hasn’t been a Biblical flood, but we’ll route around it if it’s impassable.
The second half of the ride is pretty much downhill and then pinboard flat along the coast through Chichester and Bognor Regis. Bring your swimmers because a sea swim is well and truly on the cards.
Sometime in the PM… // At Ford Station, we’ll do goodbyes and high fives, before hopping on the train with steeled thighs, new friends and marvellous memories.
* NB: All the above details are loosely collated from our route planning, the internet and our imagination. What we do know for sure is that this is a real adventure and that plans and itineraries mock you in retrospect.
By joining Spell It Out, you’re committing to fundraising for Choose Love.
There's no minimum fundraising target, but last year average Thighs fundraising was £518 per person. Collectively, we're aiming to raise £100,00.
Every single penny will go to two kinds of organisation, both of which work hard to offer refugees the welcome that our government withholds:
We're confident you won't find it too tough to fundraise, but to give you a head start here's a load of ideas and tips from Thighs cyclists who've fundraised gazillions in the past. We're always around to help you come up with new ideas as well - drop us a line if you’re worried.
Read more about your incredible impact as a Thighs cyclists on The Reason page
- 101km of downhills
- A luxury holiday. We'll be forming a pretty tight-knit cycling community in a super short space of time - and you're a big part of that, so please come ready to help yourself and your fellow humans!
- We’ll probably have a quick break at a café, bakery or a shop so that you can stock up on caffeine and carbs. For this, you'll pay your own bills
- Your journeys to the starting point and then homeward after the trip
- A donation to Choose Love. This price only covers your costs on the ride. You'll fundraise separately to raise as much money as we can to give refugees vital support in the UK and beyond
- Insurance for you or your bike
ONE TOUR NOT ENOUGH?
After one tour, most people are seeing showers as mirages on the horizon and are shuddering at the sight of a bicycle, but not you. You’re craving adventure and you will not be stopped after one measly tour!
That's GREAT. The only thing we'd say is that we can't afford to offer a discount if you do multiple rides with us - you'll have to pay the entry fee for each one. We'd also gently suggest that the more tours you do, the more ambitious you should be with your fundraising. Awesome!
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?!
What on earth do you bring on this trip!? Don't panic - we have a full kit list for you here.
We're fans of doing things as cheaply and greenly as possible, so there's not much on our 'essentials' list and we really recommend asking buddies and pals to borrow bits and bobs to save on buying new!
CAN I COME ALONE / WITH FRIENDS?
Yes and yes!
Most people on our tours come on their own and we LOVE them. We know it can be a bit scary coming alone, but the vibe is totally collaborative and you might be surprised how quickly you get sucked into the tight-knit biking community that we'll build together.
We also get a lot of people who come with a friend or family member and that's totally cool. It's great to know you've got a buddy by your side and friends on previous tours have had phenomenal success by teaming up to fundraise as well.
The one thing we would say about coming with friends is that (on the multi-day tours) you might not be riding with them every day. We won't split you up on Day 1 (unless you want to be!), but we do try our best to make sure that everyone rides with everyone else and that might mean you and your pal are in different groups for some of the time.
Cycling is a great way to make awesome new friends so embrace the stranger danger!
WHAT ABOUT COVID?
According to the data, outdoor activities are relatively safe compared to, say, choir practice in a broom cupboard. But we will still be taking precautions against Covid, in line with NHS advice. Extra cleaning of shared equipment, for example. Normally we would also provide things like tents - but this year we are asking you to bring your own.
We don't expect any drastic changes to the World Record Relay plan - the government would have to roll back the rules to an almost full lockdown before cycling and camping are forbidden - but we have made our own risk assessment and have contingencies in place for several depressing scenarios. Fingers crossed we don't have to use any of them!
BOTTOM LINE: If the World Record Relay has to be cancelled, you will be offered a full refund.
This is not your usual bike tour - it's part of an official Guinness World Record attempt. This comes with a variety of fun admin that we have to do to prove that we're actually doing what we say we're doing.
We would LOVE for you to get involved. This could mean:
We genuinely think that this admin will add a fun 'treasure hunt' element to the ride, but we would also ask for your patience because it might also mean chasing around a random village looking for a lawyer to witness our logbook or stopping in the rain to take photos at a war memorial.
On the plus side... WORLD FREAKIN' RECORD!!!
Email Adventure Inventor Georgie on firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll do her best to help!