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London to Edinburgh Cycle Challenge

Monday 2 September to Monday 9 September 2024

Join Matt Downie, Crisis CEO, this autumn for a unique and memorable challenge.

Take on a seven day, 450-mile cycle ride from London to Edinburgh this September. Taking place on quiet, scenic roads, with some serious climbs to tackle - this is a tough but fantastic challenge for experienced cyclists and new riders alike. 

Every aspect of the ride will be planned with precision, meaning riders can fully focus on the cycling, taking in the beautiful views, enjoying the camaraderie with other riders, and knowing they are raising vital funds to help end homelessness. 


When you share, don’t forget to explain what a huge challenge this is and how people can contribute to your fundraising total. 

You can also use the hashtag #CrisisBikeRide24 on your posts so we can find them.

Select an image to download. 

A man wearing sunglasses and cycle helmet, image reads "I'm cycling to end homelessness!"   Two male cyclists hi-fiving, text reads "I'm taking part to end homelessness!"

Group of female cyclists wearing helmets and sunglasses   Smiling man wearing cycle helmet and sunglasses

Everything you need to know about the ride can be found in the London to Edinburgh Cycle Challenge brochure.

Two male cyclists hi-fiving on front cover of event brochure

(8 page PDF) 

We've put together a fundraising toolkit to help you talk about your challenge for Crisis and raise vital funds to help end homelessness.

Two male cyclists hi-fiving on the front cover of fundraising toolkit

(6 page PDF)


Everything you need to know about the London to Edinburgh cycle challenge. 

Complete the form to register your interest and a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your place. 

Monday 2 September
London to Cambridgeshire 
Distance covered:61 miles
Total climb: 721 metres

Tuesday 3 September
Cambridgeshire to Louth (Lincolnshire)
Distance covered: 89 miles
Total climb: 768 metres

Wednesday 4 September
Louth to Malton (North Yorkshire)
Distance covered: 78 miles
Total climb: 1,125 metres

Wednesday 5 September
Malton to Headlam (County Durham)
Distance covered: 70 miles
Total climb: 1,199 metres

Friday 6 September
Headlam to Wetheral (Cumbria)
Distance covered: 67 miles
Total climb: 1,181 metres

Saturday 7 September
Wetheral to Shieldhill Castle (South Lanarkshire)
Distance covered: 79 miles
Total climb: 1,172 metres

Sunday 8 September
Shieldhill Castle to Edinburgh
Distance covered: 34 miles
Total climb: 448 metres

Monday 9 September
Edinburgh to London by train

To ensure that you have the best possible experience, we will be limiting spaces in the event to 20. You will be part of a supportive group, sharing your journey with others who are dedicated to ending homelessness. 

Before you set off, you can get to know your fellow riders at: 

  • Team meet ups both virtually and in person in the lead up to the event, including a training ride
  • A WhatsApp group for people to get to know each other, share tips and advice and a dedicated Strava group

The ride will be fully supported by a team of medics, physios and mechanics, as well as the Crisis event team who will be on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly. 

Your registration fee of £1,500 covers your accommodation and meals, return transport and bike transfer to London. Crisis will incur these costs to run the event so this must be paid in advance to secure your place on
the ride.

Your personal fundraising target is £5,000.


You will need to provide the following equipment: 

  • A good quality road bike – mountain bikes are not appropriate for this ride
  • Cycling helmet – this is an essential piece of kit and you will not be permitted to ride without one
  • Cycling shoes with a clip-in pedal system
  • Waterproofs – we cannot guarantee the weather!
  • Cycling computer – to help you monitor your training progress
  • Base layers – early starts and changing weather conditions will mean it is worth investing in these.

We ask that all sponsorship and funds raised are sent to Crisis at the latest eight weeks after the event (Monday 11 November).

We recommend that you set up a JustGiving page. That way all the money you raise gets automatically transferred to Crisis.

No, each person will have their own private room.

There is secure storage at every hotel where your bike will be kept overnight.

At the end of the challenge, your bike will be transported back to London by van, and you can pick it up when you arrive back in London by train on Monday 9 September.

Absolutely! This event will be a serious challenge, but with the correct training and preparation it’s achievable for anyone with a good level of fitness, and this can be achieved with an appropriate training plan. Once you sign up, you’ll receive training tips and a monthly programme to help you prepare.

We will try to accommodate additional riders joining for a single leg of the journey, where possible.  

Check the itinerary for details of each day. 

Please complete the registration form, including details of your availability, and we will be in touch.


Contact the team on and one of us will get back to you.