JOG 2 GIB Summary
During this ambitious endurance-cycling project we aim to up to raise £2.5 million to be split between three British children’s hospitals, by cycling over 5900+ km (3700m) from John O' Groats down through Europe to Gibraltar in 30 days
This is a truly epic endurance cycle. The 2014 Tour de France route ran for a total of 3660.5 km over 21 days with 2 rest days.
- The ride will begin on October the 1st through to October the 31st
- Our route is 2239.5 km longer than this years Tour de France and there will be no rest days.
- A minimum of 209 km a day every day
- We will burn a minimum of 6000 calories daily. Just how much food is that? Lets see - 68 slices of toast, or 71 eggs, or 6 curries - 3 Naan breads and 24 Onion Bhaji. It is also the same as eating a full Christmas dinner every day just to maintain weight.
- Our route' total climbing ascent is over 47,000 meters. To give this a little bit of perspective; it's the equivalent of you cycling up Mount Everest 5 times in less than a month. Truly torturous but worth every bit of pain we will go through to raise money for Europe's sick children
- We will cycle through 9 countries including Scotland, England, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain and Gibraltar...
After following a route very similar to the lands End to John O' Groats route in reverse we get to Europe and this will be our route
- Mark Beaumont is a record-breaking long-distance cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author. Mark's world records include cycling18,296 miles through 20 countries in 194 days and 17 hours, and in doing so broke the previous Guinness World Record by 81 days. You can find out all about Mark expeditions at markbeaumontonline.com
- Joe Mearns has been running international bike rides for over two decades and is the founder of the Race Across Europe – the route for most of JOG2GIB. Joe will not be completing the full route but will join the team as much as he can due to work and personal commitments
- Donald MacDonald is a novice cyclist with a wealth of experience in event organisation.
- Dan Small has been with British Cycling since the beginning of 2007. A Qualified British Cycling Coach in Track and Mountain Bike as well as a Qualified Mountain Bike Leader. Dan also conducts private coaching with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and 15 years of coaching and training programme experience.Dan Small has been with British Cycling since the beginning of 2007. A Qualified British Cycling Coach in Track and Mountain Bike as well as a Qualified Mountain Bike Leader. Dan also conducts private coaching with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and 15 years of coaching and training programme experience.
- We are looking for two more cyclists one of whom could be a Crowdfunder
Dan Small Mark Beaumont Could this be you? Could this be you? Could this be you?
- Yorkhill Children's Hospital in Glasgow
- Great Ormond Street Hospital in London
- The Rainbow Wing in St Bernard’s Hospital in Gibraltar.
Yorkhill Children’s Charity
provides and supports excellence in paediatric, obstetric and neonatal healthcare enhancing the treatment, care and wellbeing of children and their families through The Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill and other hospital and community based services both nationally and internationally.
From a broken arm to end of life care, from simple play activities to innovative medical equipment and ground breaking paediatric research, our driving passion is to fund initiatives that help to save or improve the life of a child and by association positively affect the lives of their family.
- Innovative medical equipment
- Improvements in child and family facilities
- Patient and family support
- Paediatric research and training
- Entertainment and fun activities for the children
Great Ormond Street Hospital
is one of the world’s leading paediatric hospitals. Each year the hospital sees 200,000 visits from some of the smallest and sickest children from all over the UK with complex, rare and often life threatening illnesses. For many children, the hospital is their last hope. The treatment and care they need simply cannot be carried out elsewhere.
Each year Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity raises vital funds for the hospital to ensure that the hospital can continue its work to treat and care for very sick children. Generous support from the public helps us to:
• Fund our ambitious plans to redevelop and rebuild two thirds of the hospital site
• Support ground-breaking research into the development of new treatments for children
• Fund the most up-to-date equipment and technologies
• Provide parent accommodation and other support services for children and their families when they need it most
Amazing things happen at Great Ormond Street Hospital everyday but it is only with the support of the public that we can continue to provide hope for thousands of children and their families each year.
Rainbow Children’s Ward - St Bernard's Hospital. Gibraltar
Rainbow ward is a 21 bedded Children’s unit caring for children with both medical and surgical needs.
It is staffed by paediatric consultants and nurses and works closely with other specialities and allied health professionals both in the hospital and community, as well as specialist tertiary centres.
Rainbow ward has an outpatient and review service providing on-going treatment and support from the paediatricians and nursing team.
Why are we Crowdfunding? - The Project
Rather than go down the conventional route of asking for corporate sponsorship on its own. To cover some of the event costs we thought we would be a little different and slightly more creative.
We wanted to to give the UK people, and its cycling community in particular, a chance to get involved and actually have a little bit of ownership of the cycle through utilising the crowd; together we can facilitate the raising of essential funds for Children's hospitals in Britain by helping to cover the costs of the project. Ensuring that all donations go directly to the hospitals.
The traditional route of using just corporate sponsorship tends to rule out involvement for everyone except the people taking part. We wanted to engage with the cycling community and offer everyone the opportunity to get involved in a real way rather than just watch it on TV.
Money pledged will go towards the items needed below. This is not an exhaustive list but will give you an idea of the help needed.
- Support Vehicles x 2
- Transportation costs
- Cyclist Accommodation
- Support crew accommodation
- Food & Drink
- Medical needs
- Cycling equipment
- Many other items
Using Crowdfunding and Corporate sponsorship to cover all of the set-up costs of the event enables us to ensure that every penny of donations go directly to the charities.
We are cycling between John O’ Groats and Gibraltar via the Race across Europe route.
"I am delighted to be given the chance to lead this team. I am also motivated to raise as much as possible for these wonderful charities, especially since I have a lifelong connection with Yorkhill Children's hospital since they cared for me as an infant and have previously fundraised for a number of children's charities. This will be a gruelling adventure, but ultimately it will be life-changing for the cyclists on the road and also the children that we are riding for."
- Mark Beaumont - Record breaking cyclist and adventurer
- Signed pics of the team thanking you for your support.
- Your name on a cyclists shirt
- A signed personalised postcard sent to you from the route.
- Signed posters of journey moments.
- Personal signed copies of Mark's books by the whole team.
- A little bit fame for you with your name and a photo of you on the charity cycle website and a support vehicle.
- Opportunities to join Mark and the team at various stages and cycle with them for set amounts of time.
- Signed personalised jerseys used by the team.
- One of the teams' bikes signed by all the team.
- Bronze Silver & Gold corporate sponsorship packages.
We need your help today to help the children of Britain tomorrow.
Every penny you crowdfund now ensures every single penny of every donation goes direct to the hospitals.
- You will be helping to fund the most up-to-date equipment and technologies.
- Provide parent accommodation and other support services for children and their families when they need it most.
- Support ground-breaking research into the development of new treatments for children.
- You will help pay for ceiling installations which will create the illusion of space and tranquillity, bringing in a more natural light to the hospital, making patients feel more relaxed and giving them a better hospital experience overall. Many children are afraid of treatment, either through uncertainty surrounding what will happen to them, or because they have had treatment before and they know it is painful. They will also act as a distraction, giving children something to watch and focus on during their treatment.
- The money raised through donations will simply make for a better experience to our kids in hospital. You will enable all this through your crowdfunding.