At the start of this year, the UK had just entered another lockdown that would still be in place by the start of March. With foreign travel firmly off the agenda, we turned our attention to ways in which we could still support our charity projects while keeping everyone safe.

The 1500

Our answer was The 1500, a charity challenge that people could undertake anywhere and on any bike in 15 weeks from 15th March. We asked people to complete either 1500km, 1500m or a variation of 15, 150 or 1500 in any way they saw fit. The challenge was launched by TV sports presenter Ned Boulting and our CEO Nick Hanmer (you can watch the launch here).

We’re so proud of the way everyone came together and got involved. There were group challenges, such as the virtual Zoom & Zwift 48-hour relay and, later in the year when we were allowed to ride together again, The Longest Day, 325km from the east coast to the west coast of England. Companies also got involved, like Consibee, who cycled to 1,500 of their projects over a 15-week period, and Momentum Transport, who had 23 colleagues commit to their own challenges.

There were also many individual challenges, such as Nicola’s 15 reps of the Tumble Mountain; Leanne’s 1500 minutes between March and June on her Pashley with her dog Iggy; Barry’s pledge to ride 1,500 miles in 15 weeks; Christian’s 1,500 laps of Regent’s Park in 15 weeks (a total of  6,600km in 89 days, raising more than £8,880), and David’s Reopening Road Trip, visiting retail centres and local businesses coming out of lockdown all over the UK, completing 1,600km (1,000 miles) in 7 days. Overall, you raised an incredible £100,000 - read about some of the challenges that people undertook here.

In the peloton with…

We continued our ‘In the peloton with…’ webinar interviews throughout 2021, in partnership with Velocity Magazine, and enjoyed hearing from Caroline Harper, Chief Planning Director of Be First; Carol Homden, CEO of Coram; James Goldsmith, Head of Leasing at 22 Bishopsgate; John Forbes, John Forbes Consulting LLP; Sam Mutton and Rafael Otim of the Ugandan Zwift Team; David Lunts, Chief Executive of the Mayor of London’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC); and bike builder Caren Hartley of ISEN Workshop. Thanks to everyone who submitted to being grilled by Toby Fox and David Taylor and thanks too to Toby and David for ensuring every webinar was insightful and entertaining.

Will Monk

In June 2021, we shared the sad news of the sudden death of Will Monk. There are always characters among us that leave a lasting impression, and Will was one of them. We know he touched many of your lives and his legacy lives on in a planned memorial ride and with Knight Frank’s ongoing involvement in Cycle to MIPIM 2022.

Back on the road

In April we were out of lockdown and we organised our first Day Ride of the year, in the Surrey Hills, which started and finished at The Blue Light Bar, as featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. We also organised some track days at Herne Hill Velodrome and in June we headed to Scotland for the Five Ferries Ride, an iconic Scottish day ride which makes a round trip from Wemyss Bays, and takes in the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and Bute before returning to the mainland.

In September, we were excited to be back on the road with three “real life” events! pedElle 2022 took place in Cumbria, with 35 women from the property industry coming together to tackle 430km and 6,700km in three tough but beautiful days of riding in the Lake District, the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales. While the weather was kind, the hills were challenging, and together the group raised an incredible £40,000.

This was followed by Explore, a new Club Peloton challenge event that brought together the real estate industry to talk climate, ride bikes and discover Scotland, in partnership with the UK Green Building Council. With daily road, mountain bike or gravel rides that took us to many beautiful places in this stunning region during the day, the evening’s discussions, steered by Alastair Mant, Director of Business Transformation at the UKGBC, covered climate change hopes and fears, net zero buildings and active travel.

We were also proud to be able to support Ride for Richard, in partnership with architects tp Bennett. The ride was organised in memory of Richard Beastall, and covered 275 mile (440km) ride from Matlook to Bexhill on Sea, in aid of the specialist melanoma charity Story - Funding Melanoma Research, pertinent to the treatment Richard received.

And in December we wrapped things up with a ride up Cheddar Gorge for our South West day ride, finishing off with a festive lunch in Bristol. 

Looking forward

It was a great evening launching Knight Frank Cycle to MIPIM 2022 at the start of November, an event which brought together many familiar faces, as well as some new ones, to find out what next year’s event has in store. The 85 places sold out in a few hours and we’re very much looking forward to returning to the roads of France next year, with Knight Frank and sponsors Civic Engineers, Lockton Companies, Vectos SLR and AHMM.

We’re also due to launch pedElle 2022 in January, with details of the postponed 2020 route in Austria. More to follow on that very soon.

And we’re on the lookout for new Trustees - if you are interested in being part of our board, please take a look here.

Our highlights

Here are our favourite memories from this year:

  • Nick: "Finally seeing the CP team and pedElle riders in 3D – raising money, conquering hills and sharing lots of laughs together. Magic."
  • Theresa: "Supporting the other ladies up The Struggle in the Lake District on pedElle then seeing the look of relief and elation and pride when they reached the peak. For me that’s what it’s all about. Meeting up to ride with some of the CP team and David Johnston for his Retail Reopening Tour after such a long time apart was a real highlight too."
  • Jaz: "Too many, but to name one… watching all the inspiring women coming in after completing pedElle, and seeing their happy faces when they were chowing down on waffles and very well-deserved Prosecco."
  • Chris: "The Five Ferries was amazing, waiting for the ferry that we missed in the sunshine. And Explore, which was the first time we were all back together as a team."
  • Meg: "All the pedEllers singing ‘Here comes the sun’ back to me after the final day speeches.
  • Kate: "Being lucky enough to ride both pedElle and Explore. There was such a brilliant group of women on pedElle and three days of glorious Cumbrian countryside, followed by a week in the beautiful Scottish borders, spending time with the team and another lovely bunch of people."

Thank you

We’d like to say a massive thank you to all of you for your continued support and fundraising through another challenging year. We’ve so enjoyed the occasions we’ve been able to meet again in person and we’re hoping that 2022 brings a lot more of these opportunities. In the meantime, have a very Happy Christmas and our best wishes for the New Year.

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