Welcome to the Bike the UK for MS team!

This page contains information to help you start fundraising and working towards the goal of biking across the country! 

The first step is to respond to our acceptance email and confirm your spot on the team. After that, head over to the cyclist login and fill out your personal information. In case you are logged out inadvertently, it is recommended to type your personal information in a word processor, then copy/paste onto the website. Your profile will appear online when a photo is uploaded. 

You will find answers to many of your questions in the Cyclist & Fundraising Guide. If something is unclear please send us an email or call 07854 620166. We look forward to riding with you!

Cyclist Guide .

Take some time to carefully read through and watch the videos in the below 2020 Cyclist Guide. This is best viewed on a desktop or larger screen. It contains important information about the tour and and provides insight from many alumni on how to prepare. If you have questions, there is a good chance you will find answers in this guide. If you do not find answers to your questions or something is unclear, please send us an email and we will make changes for future cyclists!

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Fundraising Guide .

Many people have reached or exceeded their fundraising goal, and you will too! Check out our 2020 Fundraising Guide, it contains helpful information and strategies used in the past. You can find more in the National MS Society’s 101 Fundraising Ideas. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email – we have been in your position and can share advice on reaching your goal. The following expenses are covered by the fundraising minimum:

  • Maps
  • Team Apparel
  • Overnight Accommodations
  • Support Vehicle & Fuel
  • Experienced Route Leaders
  • Tubes
  • Patches
  • Minor Bike Repair
  • Other Group Expenses

Donations .

It is easy to start collecting donations once your cyclist profile is online! When someone makes a contribution they will be added to your site and receive an emailed receipt. Cheques can be mailed to the address below, and will be posted to your profile online when they are received. Please allow at least one week for cheques to be posted. 

Bike the UK for MS
6 Giffards Meadow
Farnham, Surrey
GU9 8DA

Charity Registration No. : 1172717

Gear List .

This Gear List contains both required and optional items – the optional items are recommended to enhance the experience. If you have any questions about gear, feel free to send us an email or call 07854 620166. The items listed below have worked well in the past and are recommended.

Orientation .

There is a mandatory cyclist orientation for full time cross country cyclists the day before the trip departs.

LEJOG orientation is at 2pm on July 10th in Land’s End

JOGLE orientation is at 2pm on July 26th in John O’Groats

Sea to Sea (May) orientation is at 8pm on May 22nd in Whitehaven

Sea to Sea (August) orientation is at 8pm on August 28th in Whitehaven

Travel Plans .

Land's End to John O'Groats

Arrival
  • Easiest to travel by train to Penzance and then a taxi to Land’s End. Be sure to book a bike space when buying your ticket!
  • Flying from abroad? Fly to London and the trains run directly to Penzance from London Paddington.
Departure
  • Travel options between John O’Groats and Inverness:
    1. Trains from nearby Wick or Thurso.
    2. Orkney Bus direct to Inverness but requires your bike to be boxed. We can help with sourcing bike boxes in the final days if necessary.
    3. Easiest option, but more expensive, is John O’Groats Bike Transport. They pick up from John O’Groats and take you direct to Inverness. Works out cheapest to group together with teammates.
  • Train options from Inverness across the UK including the Sleeper Train direct to London.
  • Flying home? International flights from Inverness or train to Edinburgh/Glasgow airports.

John O'Groats to Land's End

Arrival
  • Train options to Inverness from across the UK including the Sleeper Train direct from London. Be sure to book a bike space when buying your ticket!
  • Flying over? International flights to Inverness, Edinburgh or Glasgow airports with train to Inverness.
  • Travel options between Inverness and John O’Groats:
    1. Trains to nearby Wick or Thurso.
    2. Orkney Bus direct to John O’Groats but requires your bike to be boxed. We can help you with reassembling the bike if needed.
    3. Easiest option, but more expensive, is John O’Groats Bike Transport. They pick up from Inverness and take you direct to John O’Groats. Works out cheapest to group together with teammates.
Departure
  • Easiest to travel by train from Penzance after a taxi from Land’s End. Be sure to book a bike space when buying your ticket!
  • Flying home? Fly from London with trains running directly to London Paddington from Penzance.

Sea to Sea

Train

  • Trains to Whitehaven run via Carlisle. Be sure to book a bike space when buying your ticket!
  • Trains home from Newcastle Central with the metro running from Tynemouth to the centre. We can help with getting bikes to the station with the vans.
  • Book a late train home (roughly 6pm onwards) to allow plenty of time to finish and enjoy the celebration.

Driving

  • Best option is to drive to Tynemouth and park your car for the weekend before transferring to Whitehaven.
  • Transfers available with Ecocabs Bike Transport. Works out cheapest to group together with teammates.
  • Transfers by train from Newcastle Central is also an option.
  • Possible to drive to Whitehaven and park your car there for the weekend. Warning however that the transfer back after the finish would make for a late journey home!

Bike Shipping

Rather not travel with your bike?

Why not ship your bike to a local bike shop near the start and ship it home at the end. Contact the bike shops to discuss arrangements. Suggestions include:

Please note we cannot transport any bike boxes, so you will need to ship any soft or hard shell boxes to the finish location of your ride. Some bike shops will allow storage of boxes so be sure to contact them.