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!
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?
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