How to do it yourself

Whether you're a budding Bradley Wiggins or it's been a few years out of the saddle, organising your own cycle challenge as part of Men United is an excellent way to raise money and awareness in the fight against prostate cancer. Make it an even better adventure and grab a cycling buddy or two to join you.

Choose your route

Is there somewhere you’d like to explore in the UK? Or a part of the world that intrigues you? Why not take on the adventure by bike. Or you could follow in the tyre tracks of the greats and organise your own ride to take on a stage of an established event, some of the popular events include: 

  • The Tour of Britain
  • Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart route
  • The 2012 Olympic road race route
  • Land End to John O’Groats
  • Cost to Coast
  • London to Paris

Set a date

Once you've picked a route you need to set a date. Think about all the things that may affect your ride; holidays, other events, the weather.Try to avoid existing events, you don't want to be trying to get down to London when all the roads are closed!

Get fundraising

Decide how you'd like to raise money, you could ask your friends for sponsorship, or you could donate what you would have spent in fuel, or you could even invite lots of people to join you on your ride and charge an entry free. Create an online page for your friends and family to sponsor you, or download a sponsor form. 

Get your mates involved

The more friends the merrier. Give yourselves a bold team name. Whose employer matches donations raised for charity? Who’s got 900 friends on Facebook to get you maximum exposure? And when your legs are getting tired, and you’re starting to flag, who’s that friend that keeps you going?

Be prepared

Consider your equipment – staying safe on the road is your top priority – make sure your bike has been recently serviced and you have everything you need to fix minor misshaps along the way. Do you have any friends you could ask to be your support crew, they could carry spare tyres or even a back up bike should the worst occur.

And another thing to remember: we can help!

Tell us about your plans

Your own cycle challenge

We've got all the tips and advice you need to organise your own cycle event and make the most of your fundraising. Take a look at our How-to guide and fundraising resources to get started.

Let us know about the challenge you’re up for and we will support you all the way. And if you're up for a ride but still looking for inspiration, tell us - we've got tons of ideas lined up for you!

Tell us about your ride

As an added thank you, raise £200 and you'll receive a Prostate Cancer UK cycling jersey to make sure you look the part on your ride.

Martin's the man

Martin Stott and his mates raised over £4,000 by cycling 171 miles coast-to-coast.

Martin Stott

Time spent with mates is always good and riding coast-to-coast was a real challenge, made easier in the knowledge that blokes with prostate cancer would end up benefiting in some way from what we did. Who knows... could be one of us one day.

- Martin Stott

How do I send in what I've raised?

If you've already raised money for Prostate Cancer UK by burning rubber - a big thank you from us! You can send it to us quickly and simply through our online donation form.

  • Online  

    You can pay in with our quick and simple donation form.

  • By phone  

    Call us on 0800 082 1616 to make a card payment.

  • By post  

    Please make cheques payable to Prostate Cancer UK, and use a printable donation form. Our address is Prostate Cancer UK, Fourth floor, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN.

    Sponsorship forms

    If you’ve used a sponsorship form, send them in so we can claim the Gift Aid on donations. For every £1 donated by UK taxpayers, we receive an extra 25p.

    Just make sure your donors provide their full address including postcode and tick the Gift Aid box. It’s that simple.

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