Thames Head Challenge
a unique Team Relay Sportive
Sunday 24 June 2018
Starting at The London Rowing Club on Putney Embankment
Finishing at Cirencester College in the Cotswolds,
a short distance from the Thames Head Stone
You will see the River Thames from end to end
- and help African children get to school by bike!
This is a unique take on the popular Sportive format for regular distance bike riders.
The 140 mile Team Relay cycling challenge event is for Teams of 2 or 3 riders, who will take turns to ride 6 stages of nearly equal distance on public roads.
Each Team member rides their chosen stages of the route, while a Team mate drives to the next stage point in what will be the riders' personal support vehicle.
The ride begins at Putney Bridge, tracing the course of the river through the Thames Valley and ending near its source known as the Thames Head, in the Cotswolds.
This is a non-competitive cycle challenge, along an iconic route which crosses the Thames a number of times. The route passes through some of the best countryside and most attractive villages in England. It is open to competent cyclists who are up for a different kind of Team challenge event.
This year's event has a limited number of places with a maximum of 100 Teams.
The purpose of this Charity Bike Ride is to raise funds for Bikes4Africa - and specifically, to deliver our first shipment of bicycles to schools in Sierra Leone later this year.
Bikes4Africa helps massively children's access to education in Africa by providing bikes to schools in rural areas.
Children have no other way to get to school than to walk, often for up to 3 hours in each direction.
This makes access to the education they deserve and crave extremely difficult.
Having a bike makes that journey so much easier.
It enables them to arrive on time, fit and ready for a day of learning.
For some children, with impossibly long walks, a bike makes the journey to education possible.