DO THE FESTIVE 500 CHALLENGE RAISING £100 FOR RESEARCH INTO DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AND GET THE COLLECTIBLE SOUGHT AFTER ROUNDEL / PATCH / BADGE / AWARD THINGY
YOU KNOW YOU WANT ONE!
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE AWARD…….
Smash out some rides over the 8 day period from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve, recording your rides on Strava as usual….. but as Rapha no longer issue badges, the way to get your hands on this collectible roundel is to do the Festive 500 Challenge with Harrisons Fund.
The challenge is to ride 500km over 8 days from Christmas Eve to New Years Eve. You need to record your rides on Strava and, yes, indoor rides do count!
The second part of the challenge is to raise £100, yes only £100, for Harrison’s Fund who raise money for research into the rare condition known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy . This is a bespoke charity without huge overheads, so most of the money donated reaches the front line research needed. Duchenne is a relatively rare underfunded disease which mainly affects boys, who will die before the age of 20. Their muscles degenerate meaning that they spend the latter part of their short lives, incapacitated. It really is all about supporting research here, your efforts are unlikely to save someone now living but could save many in the future, not just from the disease itself but also from the heartbreak it brings to parents and relatives. Research is underfunded due to the fact the disease does not affect high volumes of young boys. However, it is still devastating!
500 kilometres. Eight days……. yeah! You can do it.
Over the last 11 years, more than half a million participants have ridden the Rapha challenge, you can be part of the legend too. If you are up for it in 2021, why not Join us and help us raise money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?
Started in 2010, the goal of Rapha’s original Festive 500 was to keep us riding throughout the festive period, recording our rides on Strava . Rapha are not offering a ‘Roundel’ (sew on patch thingy) any more but you could still obtain one by completing their challenge and raising a minimum of just £100 with Harrison’s Fund.
The challenge is simple in theory but often tough in practice: ride your bike for a total of 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and sync your rides to Strava.
Harrison’s Fund, are even offering you a bit more modern flexibility too. Whereas to complete Rapha’s original challenge all rides had to be be outdoors, we will accept virtual rides if properly recorded on Strava. We would expect you to complete the majority of rides outdoors of course, but if there is deep snow, you can still complete our part of the challenge and qualify for our commemorative Roundel..
The exclusive roundel, which is free in return for your fundraising, will be an essential addition to the collection for past participants and a wonderful and prestigious souvenir for first timers.
Here are a few local rides if you need some inspiration (Ride them any time on any day you choose although we will be running group rides from the Polish war Memorial (A40 Ruislip / Norholt) over the period. Check our upcoming Rides / Excursion Versions for details):