Charnwood Forest Cycle Ride 2021 – Postponed to May 2022

Event Date: see details

Updated March 2021

We have made the hard decision to postpone the Charnwood Forest Cycle ride until next year, the safety of our participants, but also our volunteers and all the communities that the Charnwood Forest Cycle Ride passes through is so important to us.

Over the years our community have supported our event in so many wonderful ways that we feel it would not be right to encourage large groups of people to pass through their towns and villages.  While we know this is disappointing, we hope that you can see the importance of keeping yourselves, our team & volunteers, and the local community safe.

We will be celebrating our 10th Charnwood in our 10th year in 2022, we haven’t been able to confirm with the venue our new date, when we have we will let you know.


About the Charnwood Forest Cycle Ride 

A 10, 20 or 50 mile bike ride around the beautiful Charnwood Forest, the home of Alex’s Wish.  Starting at The Rothley Village Centre in Rothley, Leicestershire, the route is all on open roads and is well sign-posted and because the event takes place on a Sunday morning the roads tend to be very quiet with traffic.

The circular route starts and finishes in Rothley village and has been carefully chosen to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment.  It is fairly challenging in parts and does include a steep climb up Beacon Hill road, but you can choose to walk this if you prefer.  There are plenty of marshals along the way to give you lots of moral support and encouragement. This is a half-way refreshments stall on the 20-mile and 50-mile route.

At the end of your ride, you’ll get a warm welcome back, get a chance to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a large selection of refreshments including hot bacon rolls, complimentary yummy homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. It is not a race, we want you to enjoy your ride and take in the stunning countryside whilst raising money for our fabulous cause.

Route maps:


A gentle ride through the villages of Charnwood

Suitable for everyone aged 14+ (please note all children who are aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult)


A moderate-difficult ride in parts and includes some steep hills

Suitable for riders who are confident cyclists and children aged 14+ (please note all children who are aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult)


A difficult ride for those used to cycling long distances

This ride is unsuitable for children

Event fees:

  • 10-miles ride: early-bird entry: £10.00 (before 30th April) or £15.00 if registering on or after 1st May 2020
  • 20-miles ride: early-bird entry: £20.00 (before 30th April) or £25.00 if registering on or after 1st May 2020
  • 50-miles ride: early-bird entry: £25.00 (before 30th April) or £30.00 if registering on or after 1st May 2020

Start times:

  • 10-miles ride – registration opens at 8am and all riders must be off by 8.30am
  • 20-miles ride – registration open at 8am and all riders must be off by 8.30am
  • 50-miles ride – registration opens at 7.30am and all riders must be off by 8am

At the end of the ride:

At the end of your ride you will have be welcomed back with a selection of refreshments including complimentary yummy homemade cakes, hot bacon cobs and hot and cold drinks.   Your friends and family are welcome too to cheer you on at the start point or to welcome you back.

All for a good cause

This is a sponsored ride in aid of Alex’s Wish, it is so simple to set up your own fundraising page.

  • Make sure you include your fundraising target on your page and in any emails you send out to people asking for support.
  • Be sure to spread the word by email and social media to ensure you reach as many people as possible.
  • Ask your friends to spread the word on your behalf to reach an even larger audience.
  • Add your link with some details about your event/challenge to the bottom of your email signature

If you would prefer to use a sponsorship form – you can download yours here

  • Matched fundraising – would your employer match your fundraising? Many employers will donate an amount to your cause based on how much you have raised yourself so it’s certainly worth asking. They may even be happy to promote your event/online sponsorship page in their company newsletters or intranets.
  • Gift Aid it – this scheme enables charities to reclaim tax on donations, which means we receive an extra 25p for every £1 donated – at no cost to you or your sponsors. If your sponsor is a UK tax-payer, their sponsorship money is eligible for Gift Aid, but remember to write their name clearly on your sponsorship form – we need their surname and initial and postcode as well as the amount they personally donated. Don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid box, and don’t forget to send us the original sponsor forms, otherwise we cannot claim the Gift Aid. If sponsors donate via your online site, the site will do this for you.
  • You don’t just have to rely on other people to sponsor you – as well as, you could try the following ways to boost your fundraising total: sell any of your unwanted items on ebay, have a BBQ or party at home and invite friends round and ask them to pay a small donation towards your challenge, organise a dress day at work, the list is endless…. But if you need any more ideas or help please just get in touch

 Every mile cycled brings us closer to a cure

Please register as soon as you can, a discounted early-bird entry fee applies if you register before 30th April. Late entry fees apply if you register on or after 30thApril. The ride is a sponsored event, the more money you raise the more you help our aim – however there is no minimum amount so just do what you can and if you can. We guarantee that 100% of your entry fee and sponsorship will go direct to Alex’s Wish.

If you can’t register online email

Your entry fee includes the following:

  • Your entry fee includes the following:
    • Participation in this organised event
    • Free car parking in the village
    • Refreshments along the way
    • Complimentary home cakes at the end of the ride
    • Hot bacon cobs available for a small fee

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