Covid-19 has disrupted our lives in countless ways, and, unfortunately for The Salvation Army, an important fundraising event in May, the 2020 Prudential RideLondon, had to be cancelled.
Not to be thwarted, however, the format was changed and instead of cycling around traffic-free roads in central London, participants can download an app and rack up the miles in their own way.
The virtual race, renamed Prudential MyRideLondon, will take place on Saturday the 15th of August and Sunday the 16th of August. Entry is free and the event is open to all ages. Participants are not restricted to bicycles only; almost anything with self-propelled wheels can be used, including skateboards, roller skates, scooters, and trikes.
There is a 1km minimum because the app won’t measure anything less. This means you can choose your own distance, or you can sign up for one of the pre-set challenges:
- 19 miles
- 46 miles
- 100 miles
All money raised will go to The Salvation Army so that it can continue its charitable works and empowerment initiatives across the UK. This includes assisting people who are suffering financially and emotionally due to the effects of Covid-19.
Use your imagination
Some people have come up with creative ideas to raise funds for their favourite charities. James Hook from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, for example, took a virtual cycle trip up Mount Everest. Using his indoor smart trainer and the virtual training tool Zwift, he tackled all the slopes until he completed 8848 metres.
Hook donated all the money raised to The Salvation Army.
If you want to participate in the Prudential MyRideLondon Free Cycle visit the website and cycle your distance, your charity, your way.