Ride for Willen

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

Registration for Sunday’s Sportive is now closed. You can register on the day at the times listed below: Route Start point & Event HQ Mitchell Hall, College Road, Cranfield University Campus, MK43 0AL

Please adhere to route signage. It is essential you adhere to all signage on the route – most notably please respond to the bright red exclamation marks which advise you to SLOW DOWN for your own safety. All routes have been arrowed by the Milton Keynes Grand Union Rotary Club – we strongly advise you watch their guidance video here and view a pdf of the guidelines here.

When you arrive at Cranfield there is plenty of parking, just follow the temporary event signage. You register on the ground floor of the Mitchell Hall building. We are registering in alphabetical order by surname so to save time please look for your queue. When you sign-in you will be given your race chip to attach to your helmet. Your Emergency Contact on the Day On registering, you will be asked to provide a number for your emergency contact during the event. To save time, please have this number to hand and ready to give to our team when you check in.

Cycling Jerseys
If you have ordered a cycle jersey these will be ready for you to collect under your surname at the registration desk. 

Route maps, start & registration times:

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

Heaven 27 – view route map here  Registration opens: 9.00am Start: 10.00am Finish time: As a guide, we advise all cyclists to aim for an average pace that allows you to be back at Event HQ at Cranfield by 3.00pm.

Feed-Stations & refreshments

There are complimentary refreshments and toilets at Cranfield (start & finish) There are two feed-stations on the 65m route. The first is at Hanslope (25m) and the 2nd is at Soulbury (45m). There is one feed-station on the 40m route at Hanslope (25m). 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. Mechanical Support 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.

Your family & friends are welcome to join us for our BBQ 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 your Hospice Your entry fees cover our event costs. It’s the funds you raise through donations, match-funding and sponsorship that will directly support Hospice care. The easiest way is to set up an online giving page at www.justgiving.com and search Ride for Willen 2018. We need to raise £4.7million each year. Thank you for helping us do this.

We are asking all cyclists to consider raising individual sponsorship for this event. Why not download our sponsorship form here, and hand it around your office, to friends and family! The funds you raise are vital to us and will support the care provided by Willen Hospice. When you confirm your booking, we will send you a link to your own JustGiving page by clicking on the link below.

Make a fundraising page - JustGiving

We are here to help you – 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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