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Held annually since 1986, way before the current cycling boom, the Hayling Cycle Ride is almost certainly the oldest UK-based, multi-day charity ride and indeed possibly the oldest in the World. It was originally a ride from Paris to Hayling hence it is often referred to as "The Paris To Hayling" and indeed the French capital, or somewhere close by, often features in the route.

We leave Hayling Island on a Sunday in early July, ride for five days usually in France, and return on the following Saturday. Destinations and routes vary from year to year. The only condition for entry to the ride is that you raise at least £150 for charity in addition to the entry fee.

Key features of this special event include:

  • You can ride for any charity you chose
  • You pay for 100% of your ride; all sponsorship raised goes to charity; sponsors are not paying for your holiday
  • The ride is supported: we carry your luggage between hotels, arrange refreshment stops along the route, and we are there to help if anything goes wrong
  • We provide printed and electronic routes so you can travel at your own pace on your own bike either with friends, in groups, or on your own
  • The Ride is organised entirely by unpaid volunteers; even support team members pay to participate
  • We focus on making the event as enjoyable as possible with great en-route stops and fantastic camaraderie; many riders return year after year, finding the ride truly addictive

Click here to find out more about the next ride and how to join it, as details are announced. Click here to see answers to some frequently asked questions about the ride.

Home page - more than just a ride

These are just some of the comments made by participants in the Hayling Cycle Ride:

  • “Everyone was so friendly and helpful”
  • “Absolutely brilliant”
  • “It has changed my life”
  • “I have made friendships that I will always treasure"
  • “I have been on several charity rides but this was by far the best organised and most enjoyable”
  • “The support crew were fantastic”
  • “Marvelous Team Spirit”
  • “Extraordinary “
  • “I come back every year, wouldn’t miss it!”
We accommodate:

  • all kinds of riders from fast to plodders
  • all ages from 14 up
  • experienced to new cyclists

We are all there to raise money for charity while enjoying ourselves. We ride some decent distances and encounter a few hills, but that just adds to the whole experience - honest!

Our Facebook group gives you some idea of people's views of the ride and why they come back year after year. You can also find out more about previous rides here.

Click here to find out more about the next ride and how to join it, as details are announced.

Home page - Charities

We ask riders to raise at least £150 for charity. You can choose to:

  • nominate your preferred charity; or
  • ask the Hayling Cycle Ride to make donations on your behalf

All the money raised goes to charitable causes. Also, you can give your money direct to the charity so it can benefit from Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer.

So far we have raised well in excess of £1.6m and supported an enormous range of charities - you can see a sample here.

Our founder and President - Pete McQuade - has been awarded an MBE in recognition of the Hayling Cycle Ride's achievements.

Home page - Other things we do

As well as the big, annual ride we organise other events:

  • A two-day 'Channel to channel' ride from Bristol to Hayling
  • A reunion supper where we announce details of next year's ride
  • A summer get-together at a pub somewhere in the local countryside
  • The 'Ride for Bob' in memory of Bob Parkinson who rode with us for many years
  • A santa ride: find out how easy it is to ride in a santa costume
  • Occasional social rides

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