Give yourself a personal challenge, and raise money for a great cause at the same time - sign up for a charity cycle ride!
Whether you fancy taking on an iconic route, pushing yourself physically, or just fancy riding round in fancy dress, there'll be something for you here. There are 100 mile sportives, night rides, city rides, country rides, the length and breadth of the UK (and further afield).
We've gathered together 10 of the best Charity Bike Rides happening in 2014. Click through, find one you like, sign up, get a warm glow and start riding. You won't regret it.
[part title="1. Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100"]
The ballot may have been drawn, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance to ride in the incredibly popular RideLondon-Surrey 100 event. There are hundreds of charity places available.
Dubbed the London Marathon of the cycling world, this challenging 100 mile race will take you out through the streets of London and up iconic locations like Box Hill, where you can pedal in the wheel marks of the 2012 Olympic athletes. Swinging back through Surrey, you finish the race with a breath taking ride through central London.
We speak from experience when we say that there are few experiences like cycling down the Mall, Buckingham Palace in the background, with thousands of people cheering you on.
Distance: 100miles or around 170km
Date: Sunday 10th August
More info: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
[part title="2. BHF London to Brighton"]
One of the original charity bike rides, the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton cycle ride is a must do in our opinion. It's a great one for beginner and experienced cyclists alike, as you'll have closed roads to yourself the whole way down from capital to coast. Expect all kinds of bikes, from racers to dutch bikes with baskets.
Whether you like to motor or cruise, you'll pass some beautiful scenery. The event has a wonderful atmosphere, with local organisations like Guide and Scout groups setting up tea and cake stops all along the route. It's well worth stopping to refuel with a sticky bun.
The final hill - Ditchling Beacon - is a bit of a killer, and plenty of people walk up it. You're rewarded at the top with stunning views, and a downhill ride all the way to the finish line along the seafront. Collect your medal, grab some fish and chips, hop on the organised buses back to London and you're done!
The event sells out quickly, but never fear, they also run a number of other cycling challenges! How about the London to Brighton Night Ride?
Tempted to try it? Here's our write up from 2013.
Date: Sunday 15th June
Find out more: BHF London to Brighton
[part title="3. Lands End to John O'Groats"]
The LEJOG, as those in the know call it, is a classic fundraising route. It's been run, walked, and even danced, but of course the best way to do it is by bicycle.
Many people do it on their own or in self-organised groups, but there are loads of organised charity events you can join if you fancy giving it a go. They'll provide support en route, organising the logistics like accommodation and food, so you can just focus on the cycling side of things.
And of course, if you fancy doing things differently, you can ride the route the other way round - the JOGLE!
Distance: 1575 km
Date: August 2014
[part title="4. Moonriders Halloween Bike Ride for GOSH"]
Zombies, ghouls, goblins and ghosts - not your normal company for a bike ride!
The thrilling and spooky Moonriders Halloween Bike Ride is the perfect charity cycle ride not just for you and your mates, but also for getting into the Halloween Spirit! Riders take to the 80km circular route round London in costume, led by zombie cycle guides. En route, there are two spooky themed stops with free food and refreshments, and a celebratory brekkie.
Scare yourself silly and raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital at the same time - sounds like a win win situation!
Date: Friday 31st October 2014
More info: Moonriders Halloween Night Ride for GOSH
[part title="5. Nightrider London for Orchid"]
There are two starting points on this circular route, and over the course of the night you'll pass all the main landmarks. Zip past the London Eye, fly over Tower Bridge, and cruise through Piccadilly Circus. You won't look at the capital in the same way again.
There are mechanics on hand to help sort any mechanical issues, you'll be given a reflective vest, and there'll be hot drinks and snacks on tap every 20km to keep you fueled. And of course a hot breakfast waiting for you at the end!
Date: 7/8th June 2014
More info: Orchid Cancer Nightrider
[part title="6. Etape Cymru for Macmillan"]
Want a really challenging cycling event? Something that will give you loads of motivation to work towards over the summer?
The Etape Cymru is the evet to aim for at the end of the season; it's not called 'UK's toughest sportive' for nothing. 88 miles (141km) might not sound like a lot, but when you've got one of the most leg-burning climbs in the British Ilses involved, you know you're in for a hard but amazing ride.
The main climb in question is the Horseshoe Pass; 6.1 km of climbing, with a gradient that at some points reaches 20%! It's challenging - but achievable. The roads are closed just for the race though, so you don't have to think about traffic, and just get on with the buiness of riding.
The main charity partner for the event is Macmillan Cancer Care.
Distance: 88miles / 141km
Date: Sunday 14th September 2014
More info: Human Race, Etape Cymru
[part title="7. Pedal for Scotland for The STV Appeal"]
Take part in Scotlands biggest charity cycle ride, and raise money for the STV Appeal, which helps children affected by poverty in Scotland.
Whether you want a long sportive or a fun family ride, there's something for you here. The classic route is the 47 mile Glasgow to Edinburgh, which attracts thousands of participants. Expect a mixture of quiet lanes, closed roads and cycle paths, plus refreshment stops every 10 miles, lunch at the gorgeous Linlithgow Palace, and entertainment and activities to celebrate your arrival in Edinburgh.
Want to get the whole family involved, or new to cycling? You can join the last 9 miles of the route, for a relaxed and fun ride.
Or if you fancy more of a challenge, there's the 110mile sportive - detouring from the classic route, it's chosen to cater to road cyclists perfectly, so expect smooth roads, stunning views and challenging climbs.
Distance: 110 miles/177km, 47miles/75km, or 9miles/14km
Date: 7th September 2014
More info: Pedal For Scotland
[part title="8. Action DIVA York - Action Medical Research"]
Feeling inspired by La Tour? Get a taste of the cycling pleasures Yorkshire has to offer by joining the Action DIVA York ride.
The Action DIVA 40 mile ride is absolutely perfect for first-time event riders, as the atmosphere is fun, relaxed and supportive. It's women only, and fully supported so there'll be mechanics on hand, refreshment stops, lunch and a post-ride massage.
If you want a challenge then they've also got that covered with the Action Medial Research York Sportive - opt for the 67mile or full 102 mile route. The rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds await!
You'll also be raising money for Action Medical Research, which funds medical research that benefits hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children. An incredibly worthy cause.
Distance: 102 miles/164 km, 67miles/108 km, 40miles/64km
Date: 17th August 2014
More info: Action DIVA York
[part title="9. London to Paris"]
London to Paris is perfect if you want a longer challenge, and the chance to cycle through some beautiful countryside in the UK and on the continent.
There are various charities that will organise their own specific rides, like the British Heart Foundation who offer both an on-road and off-road route! Other organisations, like Skyline, will organise a ride that you can do to for the charity of your choice. They provide full support, organise most of your food and accomodation, and will even transport your luggage as you ride!
If you fancy combining some cycling with a little cycle spectating, The Big Issue's upcoming London to Paris ride will get you to the Champs Elysees in time to watch the final stage of the Tour De France. The perfect end to a cycling challenge.
Distance: Nearly 500km
Date: Several over the year. Check with the specific charities for dates, but for Skyline the next rides are 18th June and 9th July, and The Big Issue ride is the 24th to the 27th July 2014.
[part title="10. Edinburgh to London"]
From the mountains of Scotland through the gentle plains of Cambridgeshire, finishing in London, this ride takes you from one capital city to another over 5 days.
This route will be a stunner; expect challenging climbs, heart stopping descents, and breathtaking scenery. The route also includes sections from the Tour de France Grand Depart, so it's bound to be brilliant!
You'll also be staying in comfort along the route, as all accommodation is in minimum 3* hotels, plus your food and luggage transportation needs are all taken care off. All you need to do is enjoy the ride.
You can choose the charity that means the most to you to ride this one for, and as it's a challenging route, you'll be working for that sponsorship money.
Distance: 460 miles, 740km
Date: 9th to the 13th July
More info: Edinburgh to London Cycle Ride