How does the fundraising work and how much do I need to do?

Now you have paid your registration fee (click here to see what’s included) all you need to do now is get in training for the 250 miles and deliver on your Fundraising Pledge of a minimum of £500 per rider which will go directly to support the work of halow. We prefer our riders to use Virginmoneygiving – please contact challenge@halow250.org.uk for details.

      • *At least £300 per person of the fundraising target must have been received by the charity 10 weeks prior to the event (29th April 2016).
      • Balance of fundraising monies must be submitted to the charity no later than 4 weeks subsequent to the event.
      • Packages available for teams and corporate entries.

Contact us for more details.

How fit do I need to be?

The halow250 is a reasonably tough cycling challenge requiring stamina and endurance. You will not need to be Bradley Wiggins but you will need to be prepared to cope with long stints in the saddle (stages average 30 miles), with little rest.

We recommend that you do train for this event and get some practice in with hills! We suggest some training plans on the site and we will be organising some practice runs too.

The route, logistics, and cycling environment have all been designed to maximise enjoyment and minimise risk. Registration Fee (non-refundable) is £300 per rider (click here to see what’s included) and the Fundraising Pledge* is a minimum of £500 per rider raised for halow.

  • *At least £300 per person of the fundraising target must have been received by the charity 10 weeks prior to the event (29th April 2016).
  • Balance of fundraising monies must be submitted to the charity no later than 4 weeks subsequent to the event.
  • Packages available for teams and corporate entries.
  • The best way to raise sponsorship is using Virgin Money Giving.

Contact us for more details.

What is the best bike to use?

This is a road cycling challenge and it’s recommended that you only undertake the event on a well-maintained and serviced bike with slick tyres. However this isn’t a race and as long as you can maintain a sensible pace (average including stopping time of 12 mph) you will be fine.

We have had single-gear bike/fixies, hybrids and mountain bikes, but we haven’t had a folding bike/Brompton or Boris bike yet.

Do I need any other equipment?

You’ll need a helmet, lights, and although we will be proving mechanical support you should have kit on you to change an inner tube. So a couple of spare tubes, tyre levers etc should be on the bike. We will provide additional spares so we can keep you mobile. You also might wish to bring a small personal first aid kit.

Where does the halow250 start/finish?

The ride starts at The Kings Head, Roehampton – a Youngs pub. We will contact you at least 2 weeks before the start to confirm the details.

You need to arrange to get yourself, your bike and your personal baggage here by 8am on Friday 28th April. Youngs will be putting on coffees, teas and some bacon rolls to set us up for the day. there is no parking at the pub itself as that is needed for the support crew – however there is plenty of parking on local streets nearby. click here for a map

You will need to allow time for registration, bag drop off, photographs and a briefing before we head off at 0900 hrs.

We will finish on Sunday 30th May near Guildford (TBC) getting to the finish at 2pm. Exact timings and detailed instructions will be supplied nearer the time.

What about the food?

We will send you off from London with a breakfast and a send off party courtesy of Young & Co.’s Brewery. All other meals will be at your own expense although we will have some fruit, sandwiches and specialist cycle snacks at the various food stops along the route to supplement what you will bring with you.

What additional support will I get?

You are advised to get your bike thoroughly serviced and a bike MOT conducted at your local cycle shop before joining the ride, we recommend calling Bike Shop Bob who can pick up and drop off you bike to you. There will be professional bike mechanics on hand at the start and during the event. We will be carrying a large amount of bike spares and in the event that your bike can’t be fixed then a replacement bike will be on hand.

Will I get enough rest?

You will get plenty of rest over the weekend with comfortable accommodation on each of the 2 ferry crossings provided for in the cost.

How will I find my way?

The route will be where possible signed, you will also be issued with personal rider maps as a back-up. Ride captain cyclists will be on hand to assist at awkward junctions and provide encouragement up the hills!

What happens if I get lost?

You will probably be riding in small groups or as part of a larger peloton for most of the way so it is very unlikely that you would lose the route. Should this happen we have a loss procedure in place which you will be briefed upon and support vehicles available to locate you and bring you back onto route should this be necessary!

What happens to baggage?

All riders are restricted to 1 piece of luggage – a soft rucksack not exceeding 25L / 5 kg in capacity/weight. Plenty of room for personal items, spare riding clothing, warm clothing, wet weather gear etc. This daypack will travel with you on the transport throughout the event and will be available at the end of each day and will be dropped off each morning. You will need to cycle with this bag on and off the ferries also.

What happens if I cannot take part?

It would be a disaster for all of us clearly! Your deposit is “non-refundable” but we review cancellations on a case by case basis, and riders may be able to transfer deposits onto a future ride. It all depends on how long before the trip you pull out and for what reasons.. Typically the best solution is to persuade a friend to take your place.

If you have collected fundraising monies then there are strict rules surrounding the refund of donations to donors or the notification to them that you will not be participating and you must seek guidance from halow.