Attending MIPIM UK? Go by bike and raise money for charity as you go!

Charlotte Hendry

Fundraising charity CYCLE TO… announces fourth charity fundraising event for the property industry.

CYCLE TO…, a business network that raises money through cycling to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people, has announced the launch of the inaugural CYCLE TO MIPIM UK. Open to property industry professionals, the charity ride will take place over four days in October, and will cover more than 1,170km (727 miles) with more than 10,800m (35,430ft) of climbing. CYCLE TO MIPIM UK will not only provide a fantastic physical challenge but also an excellent opportunity to network with others in the industry whilst raising money for Coram, the UK’s first dedicated children’s charity.

The ride will be run along the same format as the hugely successful CYCLE TO MIPIM (which this year raised more than £254,000) in a relay format. Each will be day split into six stages of approximately 50-60kms each, and each rider will be required to do a minimum of two stages per day (around 100-120km per day) with their team, with a four hour break between stages on the coach. For those looking to challenge themselves further, there is the option of riding additional stages.

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As with CYCLE TO MIPIM, the days will be challenging, starting at 6am and finishing at 8pm. The itinerary is not for the faint hearted, with 11 cities to visit in just four days. After making their way to Glasgow on Friday 16th October, the riders will set off on Saturday 17th from Glasgow, heading to Dumfries and Carlisle before finishing the day in Lancaster, having taken in the ribbon lakes and fell mountains of the Lake District along the way.

Day 2, Sunday 18th, brings the urban delights of Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham, travelling through the gritstone fells and peat moorland of Forest of Bowland and the breath-taking views of the Peak District. Day 3 departs Nottingham for Cardiff via Birmingham, the drama of the Malvern Hills and the ancient woodlands of the Forest of Dean. Finally on Day 4, Tuesday 20th, the riders will cycle from Cardiff to London via Bristol, taking in the commons and farmland of the Chilterns along the way.

On Wednesday 21st, riders will swap their Lycra for business attire and join MIPIM UK – entry is included as part of the ride. They will be able to pit themselves against their fellow riders and other industry colleagues at MIPIM UK with a Rollapaluza challenge to help either loosen their legs after their recent exertions or perhaps settle some friendly rivalry.

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As with all CYCLE TO… events, the ride will be fully supported with mechanics, sports therapists, lead car and motorcycle outriders, to enable the cyclists to focus on the job in hand: riding and networking. CYCLE TO…’s charity challenges are well known in the industry for their fantastic rider experience and the way in which a unique team effort creates memories and friendships for life.

Nick Hanmer, Chief Executive of CYCLE TO…, commented, “We’re immensely pleased to be launching a UK-only event for the property industry. Ahead of the UK’s leading property conference, CYCLE TO MIPIM UK will give the cyclists a sense of exactly what Great Britain has to offer by visiting eleven fantastic cities and passing through some amazing landscapes and areas of natural beauty along the way. Whilst it will present a significant challenge it will bring with it its own rewards, because CYCLE TO… events enable networking with fellow property industry professionals, breaking down barriers, building contacts, making business connections, and can even engender possible ventures for the future.”

How to get involved:

Price £1,149 plus VAT

Price includes one entry ticket to MIPIM UK worth £400.

Riders must raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship on top of their entry fee.

Team sponsorship is available and includes two rider places. This year’s event is limited to 20 rider places in 2015 so if you want to get involved, please get in touch with martin@cycle-to.org.

Details on how to register will be announced soon – please keep an eye on the website for updates: http://clubpeloton.org/index.php/mipim-uk/.