Thursday, 13 September 2012

A Hearts & Minds sponsored cycling challenge in sunny Spain

Fancy soaking up the sunshine in Andalucia on a bike while raising funds for children with autism?  Then join the Cycling Buddy Charity Challenge, a sponsored 4-day 300 mile bike ride from Malaga to Gibraltar in May 2013 in aid of Hearts and Minds and in association with  The cyclist that raises the most sponsorship money will win a holiday for 2 at a Villa in Portugal.  Funds raised will go towards plans by Hearts and Minds to build a school for autism.

Sign up for the challenge here:

“The CyclingBuddy Charity Challenge” is a cycling challenge that consists of cycling 300 miles in 4 days. You will start your challenge in Malaga and cycle through Ronda, Seville and Jerez before finishing in Gibraltar where you will enjoy an end of event celebration party.

Each day you will be in the saddle for around 6-8 hours, so padded shorts are a must! We guarantee the routes will keep you wanting more with challenging short sharp inclines, long energy sapping inclines, mixed with rewarding declines and plenty of opportunities to chill out and enjoy a chat. There will be scheduled breaks during each day and each evening we will be sampling the very best of Spanish culture.

By taking part in this challenging experience you will not only get the chance to cycle along some of the most scenic routes in Europe while making some great new friendships, you will also get to meet some of our celebrity supporters who will be joining us on the ride.

All the funds raised during this event will be used to make a difference to the lives of children with autism in the UK & Ireland.

Simply register for £100 and agree to raise a further minimum of £1600 and you will be part of “The CyclingBuddy Charity Challenge”

All members of get a 10% discount
You can join for FREE at

Return flights from the UK to Malaga
Coach transfers from airport to hotel
2 cycling shirts (Must be worn during the event)
All hotels including breakfast and evening meal
Food and energy drinks during each day’s cycling available at feeding stations
Bikes and bags transported by road and ferry
Marshalls to guide and assist you each day
Physiotherapists to help you recover at the end of each day’s cycling
Emergency medical team
All bags will be transported to the next hotel ready for your arrival
Celebration Party at the end of the event in Gibraltar
Advice on training for this event

Bike and equipment
Cycling Helmet (Helmets must be worn at all times when cycling)
Travel insurance


DAY 1 UK to Malaga 23rd May 2013
All cyclists will fly from the UK to Malaga and then be transferred to their hotel where they will collect their bikes to get them ready to start the ride the following morning.

DAY 2 Malaga to Ronda 24th May 2013
Day two will be the start of our challenge. You will start the ride from the hotel and cycle approximately 50 miles to Ronda. This will be the shortest and most difficult part of the ride. You will have some tough inclines ahead of you before you reach Ronda with average inclines of 2.6% to 6.9%

DAY 3 Ronda to Seville 25th May 2013
Day three takes us from Ronda to Seville covering approximately 75 miles. This part of the ride has plenty of good rewarding declines as well as a number of short inclines ranging from 2.5% to 4.8% average gradient.

DAY 4 Seville to Jerez 26th May 2013
Day four takes us from Seville to Jerez covering approximately 87 miles of undulating roads with no categorised inclines.

DAY 5 Jerez to Gibraltar 27th May 2013
Day five takes us from Seville to Gibraltar covering approximately 91 miles with a number of inclines in the middle of the ride with an average gradient of 2.8%. After arriving at Gibraltar we will get ready to celebrate finishing our challenge with a celebration party.

DAY 6 Gibraltar to the UK 28th May 2013
Return flights from Gibraltar to the UK

Set up your own page on our charity giving site so friends and family can sponsor you on line just go to
Hold a 50-50 raffle.
You sell raffle tickets at any event that you have going on. There is only one prize - half the takings! That’s right, some lucky person gets half of all the money taken. The other half of course goes towards your fundraising target. The more tickets that are sold - the bigger the jackpot! Build the excitement by showing the current total on a display board. It’s really important to whip up some enthusiasm for the raffle but keep it good fun.
Ask your employer if your company can support you.
Some companies will match the amount you raise.
Set a target amount you want to raise from your work place.
Let your colleagues know your target and offer to go to work in fancy dress for a day if they reach the target. Let them vote on your fancy dress outfit.
Hold a cake sale
Each Friday at work with all profits going towards your fundraising target.
Ask your local school to hold a no uniform day.
All pupils can pay £1 so they can wear their own clothes for the day instead of their uniform
Hold a charity fundraising night
Ask your local pub or club to hole a fundraiser such as a race night or pub quiz.
Bag pack
Ask your local supermarket to let you pack shopping bags in order to collect donations from shoppers.


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