Ambitious 220

We have tried to answer all of your commonly asked questions below. However, if you can’t find the information you are looking for please email events@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk or
call 020 8148 8724 and we will be more than happy to help.

Is there a registration fee?

    There is a registration fee for each of the events in Ambitious 220. For Manchester to London, there is a £100 registration fee, for virtual there is a £20 registration fee and for Ambitious 220 your way there is a £10 registration fee.

    Do I have to do all the distance in one go?

      No, you have the whole weekend to complete Ambitious 220. Its your challenge, at your pace so you can break it down into small chunks or do it in 24 hours. For Manchester to London, this will be done in one day.

      Can I take part with family and friends?

      Yes- the more the merrier!

      Please ask each team member to register on the Ambitious 220 page and you can then set up a team fundraising page for all members to sign up.

      When is registration for the Manchester to London ride and when will I need to arrive?

      Registration for the event will take place at the Rapha Manchester clubhouse at St Ann's Court. Registration will be open from 16.00 until 21.00 on Saturday June 18th. There will be a briefing and pasta party at the clubhouse that evening as well. We strongly recommend that you register on the Saturday, however there will be an opportunity to register at the start line (outside the clubhouse) on Sunday as well, from 06.00.

      How fit do I need to be to take part in the Manchester to London ride?

      Riding the 220 miles from Manchester to London in a day is a proper challenge for any cyclist. You will need to train for the event and be a relatively experienced rider. Building up endurance in the months before the ride and getting used to spending many hours in the saddle will be necessary. Try to complete a few rides over 100 miles to get used to the feeling in your body after 5 hours of riding. But don't be put off! You only have to do 220 miles on the ride itself and you will be amazed at what the body can do.

      What is the expected ride time for Manchester to London?

      The ride will take between 12 and 18 hours, depending on your average speed. Most people take 14-15 hours.

      What is the steepest incline in the Manchester to London Ride?

      Most of the ride is through rolling countryside, but the first 3 hours takes the riders up and over the Pennines and there are a handful of steep ramps to get over. The steepest of these is over 12% at Combs Valley

      What food is available for the Manchester to London Ride? What if I have a dietary requirment?

      This year's M2L is supported by Veloforte and we will have a wide range of Veloforte products at all 4 feed stops. In addition we will have coffee from the Rapha H Van at Carsington Water, Melton Mowbray pies at Market Bosworth, Jacket potatoes and chips at Castle Ashby and hot soup at Woolmer Green (over the years this is what most riders seem to want). 

      There will be vegetarian and vegan food options at all feed stops. If you have a dietary requirement please let us know in advance so we can ensure there is plenty of fuel for everyone .

      What time are the scheduled food breaks for the Manchester to London ride?

      There are 4 scheduled food stops:

      1. Carsington Water at mile [40], 2-3 hours into the ride
      2. Market Bosworth at mile [100], after 6 hours
      3. Castle Ashby at mile [150], after 10-11 hours
      4. Woolmer Green at mile [200], after 13-15 hours

      The food stops will stay open until the last rider has passed through.

      What kit will I need to ride Manchester to London?

      The ride is in the summer and we expect warm weather. But this is England, so you should prepare for the worst. We start early in the morning and finish after nightfall, so you will need:

      - Arm warmers

      - Gilet

      - Rain Jacket (as lightweight as you can find)

      - Cap (in case it rains and for food stops)

      - Mitts (you will be holding the bars for many hours)


      You will also need to be self sufficient on the road so bring with you:

      - 2 x inner tubes

      - tyre levers, patches and a tyre boot (to repair large holes in the tyre)

      - Pump (and CO2 canisters if you use them)

      - Multi tool with a chain splitter

      - Lights (for the end of the ride)

      - On bike nutrition to supplement the feed stops (bars and gels that you usually use, plus something savoury)

      - I always carry some ibuprofen as well, to cope with the aches and pains later in the ride

      How do I set up an online fundraising page?

        When you register for Ambitious 220, you will be automatically directed to setting up an online fundraising page. You can then share your fundraising link with your friends and family!

        Can you help with fundraising advice?

          If you have any questions or would like a chat to us about fundraising, please don't hesitate to contact the team by emailing events@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk or call 020 8148 8724.