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London to Amsterdam virtual cycle challenge 2022

Take on our 300 mile cycle challenge this September.

When
01 September 2022

Until
30 September 2022

About the event

Our first ever virtual London to Amsterdam cycling challenge is here! We're challenging you to ride 300 miles in September to reach the virtual goal of making it to Amsterdam. Raise money in the fight for better mental health while taking care of your own.

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How we'll support you

Join our Facebook community where you can register to receive your free t-shirt and mile marker. It only takes a few minutes to set up.

By joining the Facebook group, you'll be able to connect with fellow London to Amsterdam cyclists. You'll also get lots of support and tips, ask questions, and share your own successes with a like minded community.

Your own virtual journey

We've broken down your virtual London to Amsterdam cycle into 7 stages, spanning 4 countries. Complete each stage to receive a digital medal. You can also log how long each took with the tour tracker you'll get in the post after registering.

Here are the 7 virtual stages to complete:

  • Stage 1: London to Maidstone - 40 miles
  • Stage 2: Maidstone to Calais (excl. the Channel crossing) - 45 miles
  • Stage 3: Calais to Dunkirk - 32.5 miles
  • Stage 4: Dunkirk to Bruges - 40 miles
  • Stage 5: Bruges to Middelburg - 32.5 miles
  • Stage 6: Middelburg to Rotterdam - 62.5 miles
  • Final stage: Rotterdam to Amsterdam - 47.5 miles

Sign up today and get those warm up laps in!

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Resource hub

We've created resources to help you in your challenge and shout about it to people following your progress. Click on the button below to access our top tips sheet, digital medals, editable tour tracker, and more.

Access Resource hub

Why we need your support

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Now, more than ever, we need your support to be there for anyone who needs it, when they need it.

We know times are tough at the moment. But coming out of the pandemic and heading into a cost of living crisis is likely to increase the number of people who experience a mental health problem.

Whatever you raise from your cycling challenge will make a real difference now and into the future. If you want to know more about where your money goes you can find out by visiting our 'What we do' page. Here you can see the information and services that Mind provides.

Any questions?

You might find your answer in our FAQs below. Or you can drop us an email: [email protected]

FAQs

It's a virtual fundraising challenge hosted on Facebook. We're challenging you to cycle the distance from London to Amsterdam, or 300 miles, to raise money for Mind and challenge yourself.

No, this is a virtual challenge. You can cycle however and wherever you want to. Just keep a track of each ride and record these over the month of September.

Of course you can! The challenge is for everyone. We chose 300 miles to represent the distance from London to Amsterdam, but if you’d like to set your own target then that is fine. The virtual tour guide you will receive with your t-shirt has some key locations for you to check off throughout your challenge. Whatever distance you complete will make a difference. The important thing is getting out and raising vital funds for mental health.

To get started and register for your free t-shirt simply join our Facebook group. Once in the group you'll need to complete a quick form to request your t-shirt, create your personal fundraising page, and meet other amazing Mind fundraisers.

Whilst in the group you’ll receive loads of tips, support, and inspiration, along with being able to share updates about how your journey is going!

You can set up a Facebook fundraiser in under 2 minutes after joining our London to Amsterdam virtual cycle Facebook group.

The instructions on how to set up a page are pinned to the group for ease. We’ll be on hand in the group to provide helpful tips and support with your fundraising efforts throughout.

If you would prefer, or if you are taking on the challenge as a team, you could set up a Just Giving fundraising page instead.

After completing the registration form for your t-shirt, you'll also be posted a mile marker and tour tracker. You can record your rides on this and share them on your fundraising page. You can use one of the many tracking apps to log the length of each ride. We recommend Strava, which you can integrate with your fundraiser if you use Just Giving. Otherwise, you can easily screenshot and share your rides on you Facebook fundrasier.

Please allow up to 14 days to receive these after you have registered for your t-shirt through the link on the Facebook group. If you haven't received your t-shirt, mile marker and virtual tour guide after 14 days from the day you registered then please let us know on the Facebook group or email us at: [email protected]. Thank you for your patience.

Yes you’re more than welcome to set up a Just Giving page instead. You may prefer to do so if you are taking on the challenge and fundraising as a team. You can also integrate with Strava.

Set up a Just Giving page here.

No, we recommend Facebook as this requires less work for you to setup (simply two clicks). However, each platform has it's benefits so it's completely up to you which you go for.

If someone wants to donate to your challenge and doesn’t have Facebook, the best thing is to collect their donation offline. You can then donate it directly to your fundraiser yourself. Alternatively, you can setup a Just Giving page too

Your fundraising will help us be there for anyone who needs it, when they need it. By providing support and access to the right information. To learn more about the services Mind offers, please click here.

No, there’s no minimum fundraising amount. We have set a default target of £200 but you can edit this amount. All funds will help provide lifesaving information and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

If you are using Facebook to fundraise then yes, Mind will receive 100% of donations. If you're using Just Giving then there will be associated platform fees which we have no control over. You can find out more about these fees here.

You can find out more about our work in the 2020/21 annual review

and more about our finances in our 2020/21 annual accounts

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