One year on from their successful 2019 cycling events, Chase The Sun celebrated the summer solstice with a generous donation of £1,000 to their charity partner, Life Cycle UK. Chase The Sun’s Olly Moore presented Life Cycle with a ceremonial cheque at their bike workshop in Bristol. Sadly, Chase The Sun 2020 could not go ahead due to COVID-19, but the 2019 events saw over 1,000 riders ‘chasing the sun’ by cycling coast to coast, East to West, in one day... And the team is eagerly anticipating their next rides on 19th June 2021.
What is Chase the Sun?
Chase the Sun simultaneously holds three endurance rides (in Northern England, Southern England and Italy) every year on the weekend closest to the Summer Solstice. They bring together cyclists from all walks of life - from trained athletes to determined novices, experienced long-distance adventure riders to urban cycle couriers on ‘fixie’ bikes. Last year they even welcomed their first tandem team! In contrast with your typical 'sportive', there is no timing or ranking, no medals, only the ultimate success of chasing the sun to view the sunset on the coastline.
Some Chase the Sun riders
The perfect partnership
Life Cycle was delighted to partner with an organisation whose philosophy is so similar to theirs: Cycling doesn’t have to be competitive, fast, macho or costly – it’s all about taking part in whichever way you can, with the simple aim of enjoying the freedom of two wheels. This philosophy is core to Life Cycle’s ‘Inclusive Cycling’ projects, which enable people with disabilities, mental illness, offenders, disadvantaged children and isolated older people to feel happier, healthier, and more connected to the local community. Read about Life Cycle’s impact here.
Life Cycle chased the sun too!
In 2019, Life Cycle’s very own John R rode in the Chase the Sun North event with his wife and some friends. They had a fantastic day, taking in breath-taking scenery, meeting great people and managing to beat the sun to the Prestwick coastline! John is the Workshop Manager for Bike Back – one of Life Cycle’s projects. Bike Back teaches prisoners to refurbish broken and unwanted bikes as part of their cycle mechanics training. John teaches at HMP Bristol, helping prisoners prepare for and take their City & Guilds exam, so they leave prison with employable skills, self-belief and a nationally recognised qualification. Watch a short video about Bike Back here.
Some members of Life Cycle's Chase the Sun cycling team
A generous donation
As a free-to-enter event in the UK, Chase The Sun is primarily funded by donations from riders. Its organisers Olly and Phil work tirelessly on a voluntary basis to put on these incredible rides, so Life Cycle was touched to receive a proportion of these donations to help continue their charitable work.
Becky from Life Cycle said:
“COVID-19 has presented huge challenges to Life Cycle and our service-users so this generous donation could not have come at a better time. It has been an honour to be Chase the Sun’s charity partner and to welcome Olly to our workshop. We hope to have Olly and Phil back before long when all our projects are back in action. I want to offer my sincere thanks to the Chase the Sun team and riders on behalf of everyone here at Life Cycle. Their generous support will make a massive difference.”
Olly from Chase the Sun said:
“We are delighted to support the amazing work of Life Cycle UK, a transformative charity which believes that cycling has a central role to play in improving individual lives, local communities and the environment. As we emerge from a hugely difficult few months, our thoughts are turning towards Chase the Sun 2021 and we are confident that our partnership with Life Cycle will be continue to go from strength to strength.”
What happens next?
We are the proud charity partner of Chase the Sun in 2021! This year, three teams made up of staff, volunteers and service users will take on the challenge. We want to thank everyone for their dedication and to wish them all the best of luck! We’ll be sharing updates throughout the day (19 June), so keep your eyes glued to our Instagram Stories.
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