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Applications for Moonriders 2012 are now closed.

Moonriders is an exciting, mass participation night cycle following the iconic London to Brighton route, open to riders of mixed abilities and paces.

Combine the iconic London to Brighton route with the unique sensation of night cycling. Moonriders is an exciting, mass participation night cycle, open to riders of mixed abilities and paces.

Accomplished cyclists aim to complete the course in under four hours, but many others take a much more leisurely pace! Either way you are guaranteed the thrill of riding on deserted roads, illuminated only by torchlight.

So jump in the saddle with some mates this June and take on this Capital to Coast adventure raising much needed funds to support Oxfam's work around the world.

Join our team

Members of our Moonriders team are a highly-valued group of 50 cyclists, all cycling in support of people living in poverty around the world. And our staff are full of energy, passion and expertise to ensure you reach your goal and are on hand to support you along the way.

2012 Ride details

  • Overnight Friday 29 June 2012
  • 100km night road cycling in groups
  • Fully signed and controlled route
  • Suitable for road, hybrid, mountain, folding bikes or tandems!
  • Nominate your pace - departures from 2200 until 0200
  • Rest stops and hot meal en-route
  • Support riders, bike mechanics, vehicle cover
  • Rider breakfast - family, friends, supporters welcome
  • Optional coach and bike return service to London
  • £59 registration fee
  • Fundraising pledge of £300
  • Online resource, GPS route data, rider safety pack

       Find out more and sign up to cycle for Oxfam on the Moonriders website.

Register now 


How do I fundraise for Moonriders?

When you sign up we send you an Oxfam fundraising pack with loads of ideas and advice to make your fundraising fun and fruitful!

The minimum pledge amount for this challenge is £300, which will help fund Oxfam's vital, life-saving emergency and development work around the world.

And our expert team will be here to support you every step of the way to make your fundraising more fun and rewarding than you had ever imagined!

Setup a Virgin Money Giving page

This is a great way to tell all your friends and family you're taking on Moonriders and get started with your fundraising.

Oxfam's favourite site is Virgin Money Giving because it costs us less, and they offer great support.

Set up your Virgin Money Giving page 

Frequently asked questions

What will the terrain be like?
The ride is challenging - 100km in the saddle is a good ride-out even for regular cyclists so you must train and be prepared for long stints between rest-stops in the saddle! GPS topography and route information will be released one month prior to departure and a training schedule can be found in the Participant Area of the Moonriders website.

What do I need to bring?
Your welcome pack contains a full equipment list and you should provision for inclement/cold weather - particularly as we will be cycling at night where temperatures can plummet even in September. Ideally you will cycle with a small day pack/saddle bag/panniers carrying what you need for the duration of the cycle as you will not have access to baggage en-route.

Please note participants electing not to carry their day pack are restricted to one piece of baggage (not exceeding 40L/10kg) containing a change of clothes and any other personal items required at the finish line and this can be transported from London to Brighton but will not be available along the route.

What support will I get from Oxfam?
Our enthusiastic and friendly Oxfam Cycling team will be on hand from the moment you sign up, to ensure you are fully supported in your challenge. We have the passion and expertise to help you smash your fundraising target and have fun doing it! As part of the Oxfam team you will be one of 50 exclusive cyclists receiving an iconic green Oxfam T-shirt & goodie bag, a fundraising pack, support e-mails with top tips and a real insight into where your fundraising monies are used. And of course we will be there on the day / night to cheer you on your way!

How much does it cost?

  • Non refundable deposit of £59 to secure your place on the event
  • Pledge to fundraise or donate £300 for a nominated partner charity
  • £100 of your £300 fundraising target must be received by your nominated charity by 18 May 2012, ideally all your fundraising monies will be submitted before the ride and certainly no later than 4 weeks subsequent to the ride (27 July 2012)
  • Riders are encouraged to exceed the pledge target - remember this is first and foremost a charity night cycle!

What's included?

  • Pre-event support - access to participants area, fundraising advice, training guidelines, route GPS
  • Personal Liability and Personal Accident Insurance
  • Rider safety pack
  • Fully signed and controlled route
  • Two water/rest-stops (c15km + 80km)
  • Hot meal stop (c55km)
  • Embedded support riders, bike mechanics, medics vehicle support
  • Hot breakfast on arrival in Brighton
  • Baggage transfer service London to Brighton
  • Complimentary bike return service to London
  • Bookable return coach service to London Victoria (additional cost £12)

What's not included?

  • Items of a personal nature including but not restricted to:
  • Bike (we recommend a road bike or a touring/hybrid/mountain with slick tyres)
  • Helmet (compulsory)
  • Bike Lights (compulsory front and rear)
  • Bike insurance (recommended)
  • Travel to and from the event
  • Alcohol
  • Items not stated in the itinerary/inclusions section of the terms and conditions

Where are the rest-stops?
There are two water stops (at circa 15km and 80km) for water replenishment and lights snacks.

A main hot meal stop is situated at circa 55km with pasta, jacket potatoes, soup etc. Toilets and shelter will be available, and bike mechanics and support staff will be on hand to assist with any issues.

Full details of the stop locations will be in your rider packs and on the GPS downloads issued in your departure packs one-month prior to the ride.

What's it like cycling at night?

Very different to cycling by day! Especially when cycling as part of a group. Obviously visibility is reduced but also depth perception and judging distances becomes more difficult. It is a skill which you are advised to practice in the company of others and be comfortable with riding long distances in the dark and relying upon your cycle lights only. A night cycling protocol is posted in the Participant Area of the Moonriders website and will be contained within the rider safety pack.

How do I join and leave the event?
Pre-joining advice is posted in the Participant Area and you should provision to transport yourself, your bike, and your personal baggage to the start in London ideally being dropped off by friends or family, cycling, or joining by public transport.
A return bike transportation service to London is available free of charge.
An optional coach service to London is available to all participants but can be subject to traffic delays on the day - details are in the pre-joining advice.
Those not availing of the coach or bike return service should investigate their return journey options from Brighton bearing in mind that you will have a bike with you!

How do I transport my bike back from Brighton?
A return bike transportation service to London is in operation for the event.
Details will be issued in your pre-joining advice.
If you don't live in London and wish to return your bike to another location in the UK and cannot make arrangements for it to travel with you then you may wish to avail of a third party bike courier service which will be advised in your departure pack.

Can my family join me at the finish?
Yes and we encourage them to do so! Bear in mind dependent upon your pace you may be finishing at any time from 0600 through until 1000 so it could be a long wait!
We will advise you of the finish line arrangements, location, facilities etc in your departure information. Please note that family and friends will need to purchase breakfast vouchers if they wish to join you for breakfast.

Do you arrange accommodation?
No - we can recommend to you accommodation suppliers in Brighton and will set-up a rider discount package accordingly - you will be advised of this in your welcome pack. Any bookings you choose to make are at your own discretion.

What happens to my baggage?
At the start in London participants will be able to deposit 1 piece of baggage not exceeding 40L/10kg in capcity/weight for transfer to the finish line - and you will be provided with a baggage label and receipt. The bag should contain a change of clothes and any other items required at the finish of the ride - nothing should be secured/attached to the outside of the bag!

Riders must provision to carry any essentials (including wet weather gear) on their person (in a small day pack) - and we recommend small saddle bags, or handlebar mountings to carry spares, cameras, phones, additional nutrition.

Once claimed at the finish line baggage is the responsibility of riders.

What insurance do I require?
Participants on Moonriders are insured under a comprehensive policy taken out by Event Organisers Action Challenge in respect of Personal Liability and Accident Cover.

Please refer to the Insurance Advice as issued in the Participants Area of the Moonriders website for further details.

Bike insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended and protects your bike against damage, theft, and loss. Please note that neither the organisers Action challenge, nor the Charities accept any liability whatsoever in respect of damage, theft, or loss of personal property (including bikes!) whilst on the Event howsoever caused.

You are advised to bring a bike lock which will be used to secure your cycle in the start and finish pens.

What happens if I don't fulfil my pledge to donate?
Ideally you will meet and exceed the £300 fundraising target by the first deadline of 18 May 2012 when a minimum of £100 is due to have been received. The balance of all fundraising monies and sponsorship must be submitted no later than 27 July 2012.

The charities are relying on your commitment and honesty to fulfil this pledge and the team at Moonriders hope that you will work hard to surpass the target and meet the deadlines!

Can I join as part of a team?
Absolutely - but for administrative purposes you need to register as individuals.

If you are a team all proposing to raise for the same charity we recommend that you contact that charity directly prior to registration as they may be able to offer specific incentives for teams (such as t-shirts, reduced or pooled fundraising).

VIP rider packages are available for team entries of 10 or more persons. Email for further details.

Why cycle with Oxfam?

The money you raise through Moonriders will help support both our emergency work and longer term development work around the world. Find out more about emergencies Oxfam is responding to right now.

In Haiti, Oxfam's livelihoods programmes are providing support to over 209,00 people devastated by the earthquake in 2010. Find out more about our response in Haiti, or watch the video on our work and recovery efforts.

Video: Haiti - Work and recovery in Port-au-Prince and beyond

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