Prudential RideLondon weekend has grown to become one of Britain's largest fundraising events and the largest festival of cycling in the world. The 2016 event saw over 100,000 participants cycling more than three million miles during the weekend of 29-31 July.
In partnership with Prudential, riders from Greenhouse Sports, Invictus Games Foundation and Teach First took part in the Prudential RideLondon 46 or 100 mile cycle rides for the first time.
Part 1: The riders' journey begins
Part 2: The challenge
Part 3: The training day
Part 4: The event
Prudential's partnerships with Greenhouse Sports, Teach First and the Invictus Games Foundation around the 2016 Prudential RideLondon provided opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities, and wounded and injured service personnel, to ride in both the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge and a new 46-mile event.
Through these initiatives, beneficiaries from each of the three charities were given practical, tangible support to take part in these exciting events. Prudential provided training as well as the opportunity to attend employability and coaching workshops with a range of business people and athletes.
Staged for the first time in August 2013, Prudential RideLondon is the largest festival of cycling in the world, with over 100,000 participants cycling more than three million miles during the weekend of 29-31 July 2016. As well as the opportunity to take on a personal challenge, Prudential RideLondon provides significant benefits to good causes, with thousands riding for charity. More than £12 million was raised in 2015, a record for a UK one-day cycling event, bringing the total raised for charity in the first three years of the event to more than £29 million. www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/
Founded in 2002, Greenhouse Sports is a London-based charity committed to using sport to help young people realise their full potential. Coaches work full-time in schools and the community to provide outstanding, intensive sports programmes that nurture social, thinking, emotional and physical skills which equip young people for life.
So far, Greenhouse Sports has worked with over 38,000 young people and is always pushing to reach more. During 2014-15, Greenhouse Sports delivered 50,000 hours of coaching, giving young people a healthy, positive environment in which to spend their time, before, during and after school, and during the holidays. www.greenhousesports.org/
Invictus Games Foundation
The Invictus Games is the international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.
Following the success of the 2014 Invictus Games, the Invictus Games Foundation has been established to develop and pursue the event’s legacy. It manages the selection of the hosts for future games and oversees their delivery. The 2016 Invictus Games were held in Orlando in May. www.invictusgamesfoundation.org/
Teach First is a charity with the vision that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. In partnership with universities, schools and businesses, Teach First is working to achieve its vision by enabling its participants and ambassadors in the classroom to raise the achievement, aspiration, and access to opportunity of children from low socio-economic backgrounds, whilst developing a network of leaders with a life-long commitment to ending inequality in education from both inside and outside the classroom. Since 2002, the charity has recruited over 7,000 graduates and career changers to teach in schools in low-income areas. www.teachfirst.org.uk/