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Moonriders | London to Brighton 29 June, 2012 - 100km Charity Cycle EventWhen does the event take place?

Moonriders is a Night Cycle from London to Brighton and takes place on Friday 12th July 2013 starting between 10pm and midnight. You will start at Hackney Marshes and finish at Brighton Pier around dawn.

How long will it take?

The record is under 2hrs 40mins and some more adventurous cyclists choose to cycle back to London afterwards! However, when we completed our test event last year (we decided to stay together as a team and had a few too many breaks en-route) our team time was an unimpressive but leisurely 8hrs! Don’t worry we can arrange to take your bike back to London (included in the price) for you whenever you finish.

How do I apply for a place in Moonriders?

Entries for ‘Team Hunger’ Moonriders are open now. Apply for your place online now. Please note you will need to pay the registration fee (below) by debit/credit card when you apply.

Upon completing your registration, you will receive fundraising support from The Hunger Project. A full training programme and lots of participant support is also available in the participants’ area of the website once you have registered.

How much does it cost?

Non-refundable deposit of £49 to secure your place on the event.

Moonriders Night Cycle - Climbing 'The Green Monster' at Dawn | 29 June, 2012How much money do I have to raise?

You will need to pledge to a target or donate £300 (includes Gift Aid) to The Hunger Project on top of your £49 registration fee. If you are a team, get in touch for a joint fundraising target. Don’t worry we will support you all the way to Brighton by providing you with a comprehensive fundraising updates and newsletters with lots of useful hints and tips. | Start Fundraising

You will also receive a fantastic ‘Team Hunger’ T-Shirt.

£150 of your £300 fundraising target must be received by The Hunger project by 31 May 2013, ideally all your fundraising monies will be submitted before the ride and certainly no later than 4 weeks subsequent to the ride (09 August 2013).

Riders are encouraged to exceed the pledge target – remember this is first and foremost a charity night cycle!

The Hunger Project will pay the Event Organisers the balance of the cost of your place on the challenge so reaching your target it really important to us.

What difference will my sponsorship make?

The London to Brighton Challenge alongside Moonriders makes up a large part of our organised event fundraising for The Hunger Project in 2013. Your support will go a huge way to give those in developing world a hand-up!

  • Ethiopia | Potato storage building at Jaldu Epicentre£20 supplies one family with seeds and fertiliser
  • £30 supplies one family with proper tools to plant and harvest their crops
  • £65 provides two months of nutritional supplements for the nursery school meal programme at one of our epicentres
  • £160 provides a series of training programmes on using food processing equipment and techniques to preserve and store food for the dry season
  • £300 provides enough money to start a small scale irrigation project to support rural women farmers
  • Uganda |Mpigi Epicentre Grain Processor£600 supplies small farmers with tools and training for cultivation in community growing schemes
  • £1200 provides basic foodbank supplies to ensure a community begins a food security programme (sacks, storage racks and fumigation)
  • £1800 enables an entire epicentre community to purchase a range of food processing equipment

What happens if I don’t fulfil my pledge to donate?

Ideally you will meet and exceed the £300 fundraising target by the first deadline of 31st May 2013 when a minimum of £150 is due to have been received. The balance of all fundraising monies and sponsorship must be submitted no later than 09 Aug 2013.

The Hunger Project is relying on your commitment and honesty to fulfil this pledge and the team at Moonriders hope that you will work hard to surpass the target and meet the deadlines!

Does my pledge include Gift Aid?

The £300 is net of Gift Aid – that is to say, you should aim to raise at least £300 after which Gift Aid will be claimed by the charity on your donation if applicable (this will be detailed in the fundraising communications issued following registration). Start Fundraising

Can I join as part of a team?

Team Hunger - Join as Team for Moonriders London to Brighton CycleAbsolutely – but for administrative purposes you need to register as individuals.

If you are a team all proposing to raise money for us we recommend that you contact us directly prior to registration as we may be able to offer specific incentives for teams.

We have VIP rider packages available for team entries of 10 or more persons. Email for further details.

What kind of support will The Hunger Project give me?

When you join ‘Team Hunger’ you will be supported throughout your entire event experience.

In addition to our initial fundraising pack, we’ll send you regular newsletters with tips to help you prepare for the big day. And if that isn’t enough, we will be there for you on the day participating throughout as well as offering you a well-deserved congratulation at the end of the event.

Who takes part?

Moonriders is challenging, but perfect for everyone of any cycling ability. While some take part with friends, people also come on their own, so it’s a great way of meeting new people. So whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this is the event for you.

Am I fit enough?

Our challenges are designed to be accessible to anyone of average fitness and a full training programme will be included in your fundraising pack, bespoke to this 100km challenge.

What kind of bike do I use?

Any type of standard bike is suitable for Moonriders so use the style you are most comfortable with. Generally, the lighter the bike the quicker you will be. The only condition is that it is in good, working order. The route will take place on roads so a road/racer style bike is best suited and will make the ride easier.

What happens if I get injured?

If you are injured while training we recommend you contact your GP or a specialist sports injury clinic. They will be able to advise you if you are fit enough to take part. If you do need to withdraw you will need to notify the event organisers as soon as possible. Please let ‘Team Hunger’ know that you will not be taking part.

If you get injured during the challenge, you will be supported by roaming medics and an experienced event crew who will be on-hand to help you out if needed.

What’s included?

  • Pre-event support – access to participants area, fundraising advice, training guidelines, route GPS
  • Personal Liability and Personal Accident Insurance
  • Rider safety pack
  • Fully signed and controlled route
  • 2 water/rest-stops (c15km + 80km)
  • Hot meal stop (c55km)
  • Embedded support riders, bike mechanics, medics
  • Vehicle support
  • Hot breakfast on arrival in Brighton
  • Baggage transfer service London to Brighton
  • Complimentary bike return service to London (Alexandra Palace)
  • Bookable return coach service to London (Alexandra Palace)

What’s not included?

Items of a personal nature including but not restricted to:

  • Bike (we recommend a road bike or a touring/hybrid/mountain with slick tyres)
  • Helmet (compulsory)
  • Bike Lights (compulsory front and rear)
  • Bike insurance (recommended)
  • Travel to and from the event
  • Alcohol
  • Items not stated in the itinerary/inclusions section of the terms and conditions

Where are the rest-stops?

There are two water stops (at circa 15km and 80km) for water replenishment and lights snacks. A main hot meal stop is situated at circa 55km with pasta, jacket potatoes, soup etc. Toilets and shelter will be available, and bike mechanics and support staff will be on hand to assist with any issues.

Full details of the stop locations will be in your rider packs and on the GPS downloads issued in your departure packs one-month prior to the ride.

What will the terrain be like?

The ride is challenging – 100km in the saddle is a good ride-out even for regular cyclists so you must train and be prepared for long stints between rest-stops in the saddle! GPS topography and route information will be released one month prior to departure and a training schedule can be found in the Participant Area.

How will I find my way?

The route will be well signed (using reflective signage with glow sticks where appropriate), you will also be issued with personal rider maps as a back-up. Support cyclists are embedded to the ride to assist at awkward junctions and provide encouragement up the hills!

What if I get lost?

You will probably be riding in small groups or as part of a larger peloton of perhaps 25 riders for most of the way so it is very unlikely that you would lose the route. Should this happen we have a loss procedure in place which you will be briefed upon fully at the start, with support vehicles available to locate you and bring you back onto route should this prove necessary!

What if I suffer a mechanical problem?

You are advised to get your bike thoroughly serviced and a bike MOT conducted at your local cycle shop before joining the ride. There will be professional bike mechanics on hand at the start for last-minute tweaks and also at rest-stops for problems incurred along route. These mechanics also patrol the route in support vehicles and will stop to assist as required. In extremis we may have substitute bikes to switch in with any cycles damaged beyond repair but this cannot be guaranteed.

What do I need to bring?

Your welcome pack contains a full equipment list and you should provision for inclement/cold weather – particularly as we will be cycling at night where temperatures can plummet even in June. Ideally you will cycle with a small night pack/saddle bag/panniers carrying what you need for the duration of the cycle as you will not have access to baggage en-route.

Please note participants electing not to carry their day pack are restricted to one piece of baggage (not exceeding 40L/10kg) containing a change of clothes and any other personal items required at the finish line and this can be transported from London to Brighton but will not be available along the route.

What’s it like cycling at night?

Very different to cycling by day! Especially when cycling as part of a group. Obviously visibility is reduced but also depth perception and judging distances becomes more difficult. It is a skill which you are advised to practice in the company of others and be comfortable with riding long distances in the dark and relying upon your cycle lights only. A night cycling protocol is posted in the Participant Area and will be contained within the rider safety pack

How do I join and leave the event?

Pre-joining advice is posted in the Participant Area and you should provision to transport yourself, your bike, and your personal baggage to the start in London ideally being dropped off by friends or family, cycling, or joining by public transport.

A return bike transportation service to London is available free of charge.

An optional coach service to London is available to all participants but can be subject to traffic delays on the day – details are in the pre-joining advice.

Those not availing of the coach or bike return service should investigate their return journey options from Brighton bearing in mind that you will have a bike with you!

How do I transport my bike back from Brighton?

A return bike transportation service to London is in operation for the event. Details will be issued in your pre-joining advice.

If you don’t live in London and wish to return your bike to another location in the UK and cannot make arrangements for it to travel with you then you may wish to avail of a third party bike courier service which will be advised in your departure pack.

Can my family join me at the finish?

Yes and we encourage them to do so! Bear in mind dependent upon your pace you may be finishing at any time from 0600 through until 1000 so it could be a long wait! Family and friends will need to purchase breakfast vouchers if they wish to join you for breakfast.

Further questions

If you have any further questions that aren’t answered here, then get in touch with Mark at The Hunger Project on 07595 222 354 or email

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