Join the biggest ride and party in football

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2017: It's time to build your team

Football to Amsterdam is the biggest ride - and the biggest party - in football.

Backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association, it's an event football fans can't ignore.

  • Choose from London or Yorkshire start locations
  • Get together with your mates and head to Amsterdam for £149
  • Challenge yourself to 145 miles of cycling over two days
  • Enjoy a night out in Dam Square with your fellow comrades
  • Help Men United raise over £500,000 while enjoying an epic weekend
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Frequently asked questions

  • What's included?  

    We'll look after you and your bike throughout the event, from the moment you arrive on Friday morning at the start to the moment you say farewell on the Sunday. The support we provide includes:

    • Two nights accommodation
    • All meals from Friday lunchtime through to Sunday morning
    • Return Eurostar / flight and coach transfers back to the start point as well as bike transfers
    • Fully signed route, with feed stations, mechanical and medical support
    • Your own Men United cycle jersey
    • Professional rider numbers to wear and keep, confirming your unique entry
  • What about the ride itself?  

    How tough is the cycle?

    As long as you put in the training you’ll be fine. The ride is relatively flat, especially the second day once we get to Holland. Many of our 2016 riders started cycling again for the first time since their childhood and successfully completed the ride. If you are concerned about its difficulty, give Jon or Andy from the Sporting Events team a call on 0203 310 7034. They both completed last year's event, and can tell you want to expect in 2017.

    How fast will I have to cycle?

    You'll need to cycle at a minimum speed of 10 mph to successfully complete the event. Riders will begin cycling each day at approximately 9am, and have until 6pm to complete the days leg.

    What support will I get to help me prepare?

    We work alongside renowned coaching company RunningWithUs to provide you with expert training plans and advice on a wide range of topics from getting started, ride kit, bike handling, group riding, strength and conditioning, nutrition and more. You'll also be able to speak to the coaches at RunningWithUs throughout your training to ensure you are fully fit on ride day.

    What type of bike will I need?

    We recommend using a road bike to help with speed, style and efficiency.

  • How many people are taking part?  

    We are aiming to recruit 500 riders to the event and raise over £500,000 to help beat prostate cancer.

  • How old do I need to be?  

    You must be 18 or over to take part.

  • What do I need to sign up?  

    Once registration is open, you'll need to pay the £149 non-refundable registration fee to confirm your place. When booking your place you'll need to have your passport details to hand. There are two options:

    Option 1: Minimum sponsorship

    Pay a £149 non-refundable registration fee and then pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship (excluding Gift Aid).

    Option 2: Self-funder

    Pay a £149 non-refundable registration fee and then pay a further £466 (for London to Amsterdam) or £546 (for Yorkshire to Amsterdam) by 7 April to cover your full event costs. We'd then ask you to raise as much as you can with a recommended minimum of £250.

  • What happens after I sign up?  

    You'll get a call from someone in the Sporting Events team to welcome you on board, followed by an email to confirm your place, together with a pack in the post which includes your Men United jersey to wear with pride throughout your preparations.

  • How can I meet others taking part?  

    Once you sign up, we'll invite you to the event's Facebook group so that you can say hello to the other riders taking part and share your preparations with everyone.

  • Where does the event start?  

    The event begins on Friday morning, either in London at the Velodrome or in Yorkshire at Barnsley Football Club

  • Can I bring my family and friends along with me?  

    We can provide you with all the travel and accommodation details so your family and friends can make their own plans to see you during the event.

  • Can I extend my stay after the event?  

    Yes, you can. Please just let us know in advance and ensure you keep hold of your bike or arrange for someone to collect it once back in the UK.

  • I'd like to ask something else  

    Contact the Sporting events team online or give them a call on 0203 310 7034.

     

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