Have you discovered a passion for cycling over lockdown? Did you know that Portsmouth City has reported a 125% increase in cycling since lockdown and some roads seeing a 60% drop in car usage? As a result this has reduced air pollution by up to 41%.
Rowans Ride, My Ride, My Way is a fun way to get out on your bike and explore your local surroundings, whilst being kind to the environment and raising funds to support local Hospice care.
It’s FREE to sign up; just choose a distance to challenge yourself. Why not take the family on a leisurely bike ride? How about competing against friends or colleagues to see who can complete an epic route the fastest or raise the most amount of sponsorship?
Spend time this summer exploring the lovely open countryside, beautiful seafronts, country parks, woodlands and open spaces. Pump up your tyres, pack a picnic and pedal your way to achieving the challenge you want to. You can complete the distance over any period of time, it doesn’t have to be in one go. If getting out and about is tricky for you, why not take on a route using an exercise bike?
Route: Choose any route or ride the traditional Rowans Ride Routes.
Distance: Choose any distance, why not see how many miles you can accumulate?
We are asking our Rowans’ Riders to pledge to raise £250 in sponsorship money to help support Rowans Hospice Charity in its long road to recovery after the devastating financial losses caused by the pandemic.
We are delighted to confirm our sponsors, Portsmouth Cycle Exchange, have kindly donated 1 brand new Bottecchia Verde Natura bike to the person/group who cycles the most miles. They decided to sponsor us as the charity is very close to their heart, as Jack, one of the founders of the business and family member was cared for at Rowans Hospice. The family were happy and impressed with the level of care Jack received.
We are also giving a Rowans Cycle Jersey to our top fundraiser.
The easiest way to collect sponsorship is by setting up a JustGiving fundraising page. It is quick to do, easy to share your story, and simple to receive donations. Any money raised on your fundraising page will be automatically sent to us on a weekly basis, so you do not have to worry about collecting money or sponsorship forms.
Visit our special Rowans Ride JustGiving Campaign to set up your online fundraising page here.
If you would like to raise money offline, you can download a sponsorship form here.
Top Tips for Fundraising
Top Tip: Read the JustGiving Toolkit on setting up and promoting your fundraising page.
It is a good idea to have worked up to the distance you will be cycling so that you can complete your ‘My Ride, My Way’ comfortably. Rowans Hospice Charity supporter and Olympic Swimmer, Katy Sexton MBE has some top nutrition and exercise tips to help you get ready for your ride.
Nutrition: It is important to keep a balanced diet and include carbs, protein, fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Exercise: The key here is not to overdo it.
Most importantly…have fun!
Below are some hints and tips for cycling and keeping safe. We encourage all of our Rowans Ride participants to wear suitable clothing for the weather and cycling helmets at all times, whilst on their ride.
Keep Track: To plot and record your Rowans Ride, you can use Strava; MapMyRide or GoogleMaps.
Choose your own route or follow one of ours…
Rowans Ride, My Ride, My Way takes place from 14 June – 30 September 2021. Once you have registered and chosen your distance, you can cycle whatever route you like and over whatever time scale you like. Follow a route you already know, or try a new one in your local area, it is your ride, your way. We encourage you to follow a route that is well lit and to cycle with another person, if possible.
The most important thing is to ensure you’re comfortable and the clothes you are wearing are suitable for the terrain you are cycling on, especially as depending on which distance you choose, you could be cycling for a few hours. It is always sensible to have layers with you that you can add or remove depending on the weather conditions. Remember to check the weather forecast before you cycle – nobody wants to be cold and wet!
Rowans Ride t-shirts are available for a suggested donation of £5.00 which you can order on registration (subject to availability).
We ask all participants of Rowans Ride to please wear a cycling helmet whilst riding.
You will need to check if there are any facilities on your planned route before you set out and if necessary, you may want to revise your route to make sure facilities are available. You could plot a route for your cycle which goes near your home so that you can return if needed.
It would be great to hear from you! You can share photographs and a video/s of your cycle ride via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @RowansHospice. Use the hashtag #RowansHospice too. When posting to Facebook, please set your post privacy settings to public and tag @RowansHospice so we will be able to see your post and comment.
Please do return a copy of your sponsorship form(s) to enable us to claim the Gift Aid that has been included.