Ride for Willen

Venue: All routes start from Mitchell Hall, Cranfield University, MK43 0HG

Our Ride for Willen cycling sportive is back on Sunday 1 September 2019. The sportive offers a choice of four routes of 85, 65, 40, and a new Family 5 mile route, around the picturesque villages surrounding Milton Keynes. The ride is open to individual cyclists and groups. Each route starts from Cranfield University at 7.30am, 8.30am and 9.30am.
Online bookings are now closed, but you can still turn up and pay on the day.

40, 65, 85 Miles

£30 - Adults

£15 - Teens (14 - 17)

Family 5 miles

£10 - Adults

£5 - Children

Route maps, start & registration times:

Amazing 85* - view route map here  Registration opens: 6.45am Start 7.30am

Super 65* – view route map here Registration opens: 7.30am Start 8.30am

Fantastic 40* – view route map here Registration opens: 8.30am Start: 9.30am

Family 5 - view route map here (this is ideally suited to families with children age 7-14 years who are looking for a short on-road cycle ride). Registration opens: 12pm Start: 12.30pm


Cyclists need to provide their own means to get their bikes to Cranfield, eg using bike racks or carrying bikes within cars/vehicles.

Feed-Stations & refreshments

There are complimentary refreshments and toilets at Cranfield (start & finish). Feed-stations are located on the routes (excluding the Family 5 mile route) at approx. 25, 50 and 65 miles from the start. Our teams there will be offering water and snacks at both stations and toilets are available. 

Recovery/Drop out

Should you need to be recovered and cannot continue, please turn your bike upside down, and find a safe place to wait until assistance arrives. Please contact Event HQ to advise you are dropping out. In the first instance please seek your own recovery support, our team will provide recovery assistance where possible.

Resurfaced roads/uneven surfaces

Please be aware some of roads on the routes may have been recently resurfaced resulting in surface gravel. Please take care in these areas. As an extra precaution we recommend you bring a spare inner tube in case of punctures.  A support team from Corley Cycles will be located at Cranfield HQ. They will be offering simple repairs and support but please also bring your own kits to be able to manage basic repairs yourself on route.

Cranfield University are running a BBQ at Mitchell Hall for you to enjoy when you complete your ride so remember to bring some cash. Your family and friends are very welcome to join us.

Please remember to fundraise for Willen Hospice. Your entry fees only cover our event costs. It’s the funds you raise through donations, match-funding and sponsorship that will directly support Hospice care.

You can set up a fundraise page on either JustGiving, or a Facebook Fundraiser, or download a sponsorship form. 

We need to raise £4.7million each year. By getting sponsored for taking part in an event like this, you're helping us to always be there to care. Thank you for being amazing!

If you need any help, please get in touch with our events team.

To take part in this event, you must agree to our Terms and Conditions which can be found here.

We are hugely grateful to our corporate sponsors for their fantastic support in bringing you this event.  



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