Thames Head Challenge 2018


Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 
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London Rowing Club
Putney SW15 1LB
United Kingdom

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01 666 500 880 

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A 140mile Team Relay ride following the River Thames, from Putney to its source. In support of Bikes4Africa, this is a Team Relay Cycling Challenge for teams of 2 or 3 riders, taking turns to ride 6 stages of near equal distance of around 23 miles on public roads.  

A. a PERSONAL entry as part of an independent Team
B. a CORPORATE Team entry for a company, business or organisation


Start venue: The London Rowing Club, Putney Bridge.

Finish venue: Cirencester College, in the Cotswolds Roman town.

The route traces the course of the Thames, making a total of 19 crossings along the way to the river's source.  It eventually passes by the Father Thames Stone near Kemble and arrives in the Cotswold and Roman market town of Cirencester, where a celebratory post-ride feast awaits the finishing Teams.

The Thames Head Challenge supports JOLE RIDER's Bikes4Africa programme.

Long distances and lack of reliable transport are huge barriers in Africa to education.  Many children cannot reach school, and those that can arrive late and exhausted after several hours’ walk. The negative impact on these children is evident, and the impact on their lives, permanent!   
Bikes are a simple, low-cost, low-tech solution to the problem.Almost everyone has one or more unused bikes in their garage or shed. Matched with money to ship them, they can change a child’s life - permanently!
Every bike delivered not only gets a child to school, but affects the lives of as many as 9 others, including school peers and family members.

Thames Head Challenge 2018 

SUMMARY TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The Thames Head Challenge is a Team Relay event for Teams of 2 or 3.  The route will NOT be signposted, except at strategic positions.  Riders will follow the route by using their own navigation devices with the route being provided beforehand in electronic format. Riders will also be provided with a Turn by Turn Route Sheet for added reference.  Full Event Terms and Conditions.