In 2015, a small group of middle-aged men got together and decided to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
It evolved and during July 2016, a team of 13 guys and gals managed to raise £51,000 for Ark Cancer Centre, with five of the team cycling the full 985 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End (via Basingstoke).
Later the same year, a group organised by Champion Group – The Whacky Racers – decided to cycle from London to Brighton as a team raising money for the same charity.
The group, buoyed along with great support from local friends, family and businesses managed to raise £44,000!
The organisers of the two groups decided to join forces in late 2016 and Arkriders was born!
The next event on the agenda was a July 2017 bike ride from Basingstoke to Paris – Ark to Arc – which saw 34 riders take part raising money jointly for Ark Cancer Centre and Bike 4 Cancer, which totalled in the region of £82,000!
2018 saw something a little different. Firstly, we decided to have a fundraising ball which meant that we wouldn’t do a ride. Then, we decided to do a ride anyway, a little one down to Bournemouth and back.
The ride raised around £8000. The ball raised around £27,000.
2019 was a bit of a distance challenge with the Twin Towns Tour – a 550 mile cycle ride from Basingstoke to Cologne, via two of Basingstoke’s twin towns, Braine-l’Alleud in Belgium, and Euskirchen in Germany.
The gruelling ride over five days saw us raise another £55,000 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.