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The Pioneers

Ride25 began in June 2012 with a group of friends deciding that it would be fun to see the world on a bike and raise money for charity on the way. The founders always wanted to cycle from the UK to Sydney, Australia but with jobs and families to consider getting on a bike and going was unrealistic!

The solution was to break up the journey into 25 legs and complete one leg each year over 25 years. Every year a new leg is completed over a (very) long weekend. The first 8 legs have involved the group cycling from Parmoor (West of London) to Candir (East of Ankara) in Turkey via Paris, Geneva, Milan, Rome, Bari, Thessaloniki and Istanbul.

All the riders who have participated in any of the very first eight legs of our UK to Sydney adventure are in an exclusive club called the ‘The Pioneers’. The Pioneers are an eclectic mix of enterprising people that have made the journey an integral part of their annual calendar.

Each year the Pioneers are invited to complete the next leg for the very first time. The Pioneers help to define the journey and adventure to Sydney. 2021 is Leg 9 (of 25 legs).

The adventure raises money for 1moreChild – a small charity in Uganda that helps take children off the street and gives them everything they need to enable them to go to school. All cyclists pay all their own costs so all the money raised goes straight to the charity.

HOW BIG IS THE GROUP?

There are 100 people on each Pioneer trip.  90% of participants are previous pioneers with a handful of pioneer virgins added each year.

WHAT IS THE JOURNEY LIKE?

The aim of Ride25 is to travel from the UK to Australia in manageable chunks.  We are not aiming to get there quickly but over 25 years.

The beauty of the journey is that the majority of the miles cycled are on roads that you would never visit normally – in fact generally we see very few cyclists from outside our group. You spend time in places that you will probably never visit again and because you are on a bike you really see everything, how people live and work, what they eat etc.

DO WE RECCE THE ROUTES?

We spend a lot of time trying to work out the best route and recce every mile of the route before launching the next leg. We work hard to try to find scenic routes, on quiet roads wherever possible.  We also try to cycle daily distances that are a challenge, but manageable as long as you train in advance.  The routes are generally in the countryside meaning one of the challenges is finding enough hotel beds at the end of each day. Usually the recce involves driving 1,000+ miles, going around in circles and ending up in many dead ends!

In 2012 we plotted the following legs / badges – with only some minor changes to the badges so far we are well on the way to completing all 25:

Have you ever dreamt of cycling around the world? Ride25 enables you to explore the world leg by leg

A BIT MORE ON
The Pioneers

Ride25 Pioneers Strava Team

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You can join other Pioneers  by joining the Ride25 Pioneers Strava Team. 

This will enable you to see how much / how little people in the group train across the year: