Cycling Down Dementia (CDD) is a brand new virtual event from Alzheimer’s Research UK.
We challenge you to ride 300 or 1,000 miles between November and January to raise £150 to fund cutting-edge dementia research.
You choose how and when you ride. The challenge runs from November 2017 through to January 2018 and you can take on the Pioneer 300-mile challenge or the Epic 1,000-mile challenge at any point during this time. You can log your miles any way you like, whether on an indoor bike or on the road, just as long as you track your rides on Strava or MapMyFitness.
No, Cycling Down Dementia is completely free. We just ask you to set yourself a challenge that will push you, and ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you!
Yes, a team can be friends, family, work colleagues and your cycling club. When you register, you can create a team or join one if it’s already been set up. If you’re in charge of setting up the team, follow these simple steps:
Teams are a great way to measure your miles and fundraising against people you know – whether it’s friends, family, colleagues or members of your cycling group. Once you’ve signed up, visit your everydayhero page and click "Create a new team" or "Join an existing team" on the right. Company/corporate: If the organisation you work for has chosen Alzheimer’s Research UK as your charity of the year, select your organisation name from the drop-down at signup so your challenge will count towards your company total.
Pioneer is 300 miles and Epic is 1,000 miles.
Yes! You can still set up your supporter page and add rides manually within everydayhero, the fundraising platform.
Many devices are also able to track indoor rides, if not you can manually add the mileage in everydayhero.
Watch the following videos to see how to link your fitness app to your everydayhero page:
UKCE or UK Cycling Events is a dedicated cycling events company, which is passionate about encouraging all abilities of rider to experience the best cycling the UK has to offer.
It runs well-organised, friendly events including road sportives and mountain bike events, which are suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the official charity partner for UK Cycling Events. If you would like to take part in a UKCE event for Alzheimer’s Research UK, click here.
Absolutely not! You can do it your own way – whether that's cycling 100 miles a week in the gym for ten weeks or clocking up the miles outdoors at weekends. As long as you track all your activity with your tracking app (or manually add it) you can complete the challenge however you choose.
Right now, dementia is one of our greatest medical challenges with one million people in the UK set to be affected by 2025. With your help, we’re fighting back.
The money you raise will help fund our pioneering research programmes. From people to pipettes and from Aberdeen to Exeter, every £20 you raise will power another hour of life-changing research. Our mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025 and the funds you raise through Cycling Down Dementia will help us get there sooner.
Donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate to our life-changing research. It won’t cost you any extra, but will make a big difference to what we can achieve with your support. Please note, you must be a UK tax payer to enable us to claim Gift Aid.