Ride of the Lions (ROTL) was set up after our inaugural trip to Australia in 2013 when we cycled with the match ball between Melbourne and Sydney – 600 miles of relentless hills in temperatures ranging from below freezing to tropical. You can read more about it HERE. The group of riders contained British & Irish Lions, Wallabies and general rugby/cycling enthusiasts. We all had a blast and vowed that we had to take the concept on and “the spirit of rugby on a bike” would be our guiding principle. We also raised well over £100,000 for WWTW.
With ROTL2013 done we started plans for ROTL2014 and our Triple Crown Ride – this was also a great success as we took a group containing 10 Lions from Twickenham to Murrayfield via the Millennium and Aviva stadia and dropping in at a number of rugby clubs along the way. Once again “the spirit of rugby on a bike” was at the fore and made for a wonderful atmosphere of challenge and camaraderie. Check out some of the hundreds of photos from that trip HERE and peruse the rather light hearted blog of one of the riders.
Next up was ROTL 2015 The Waterloo 200 Ride in June, when we recreated the message of victory that Major Percy carried back to St James Square, London – The Waterloo Dispatch, written by Wellington and delivered to the PM and Prince Regent. You can find photos and accounts of this trip HERE.
The Clock to the Rock 2016 was another resounding success. Abig thanks to all the support crew who did an amazing job and congratulations to all those who participated especially the few who cycled all 2100 km. Please keep in touch with our plans by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and signing up to our Newsletter, where you will get the very latest updates on developing plans.
2017 was the year of the British Lions tour to New Zealand and we set out the challenge to cycle between Wellington (2nd test) and Auckland (3rd test). It was an amazing experience, for all of us cycling with former British Lions and All Blacks over several testing hills. A real shame that the last game of the series was a draw thus depriving the Lions of a much deserved series victory. Thank you to Adam Harper, John Lee and VBike (who was the main partner of the event), without you guys the Ride of the Legends NZ2017 would never have happened.
If you won’t take our word for it, check out some testimonials of some of our riders over the last 2 years and what they thought of their experience.