A new 100-mile cycling challenge

A new 100-mile cycling challenge

Join Railway Children for an exciting new event, the Great Rail Bike Off, organised in association with Young Rail Professionals on September 23rd. This 100-mile sportive from London to Coventry links key railway towns and hubs, following a route from the capital to the Midlands and finishing with welcome home refreshments at Network Rail’s Westwood Development Centre.

An event for all abilities

This bike ride is open for all – solo riders or team players, experienced cyclists or complete newbies. Ride the whole route as an individual or enter a four-person relay team with each person riding a leg.

A support vehicle and driver will be required to transport each member of the team to and from relay points.


What's included

  • Full route signage
  • Refreshment stops
  • Chip timing
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support
  • Medal


Individual: £35 registration fee, £100 minimum sponsorship

Relay team: £30 registration fee, £75 minimum sponsorship per person

Repatriation tickets at a cost of £12 per bike and £10 per person are available to transport you and your bike back from the finish (Coventry) to the start area (Twickenham). These can be booked when you register.

Your chance to wear the yellow jersey

Your chance to wear the yellow jersey

As well as taking on a stunning and challenging ride, through your fundraising efforts you are also doing something really special to help children living on the streets. We will give you lots of support with your fundraising every step of the way and if you raise more than £500, we will send you a yellow jersey to wear with pride. The individual and the relay team that raise the most money will both be presented with the Great Rail Bike Off trophy.


Porterbrook Leasing is one of the leading UK rolling stock leasing companies and has owned and leased rolling stock and related equipment for over 23 years, investing in more than £3.4bn in new trains as well as refurbishment and upgrade programmes.

“We are delighted to be headline sponsor of this exciting new cycling event which will be open to all abilities and we look forward to entering a team.  Railway Children have a reputation of hosting well-organised events and we are proud to be associated with this exciting opportunity to help raise funds for the thousands of vulnerable children living on the streets.”

Zena Dent, Product Development Director, Porterbrook