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Ford Ride London-Essex 100-mile Challenge in Schools

How can schools get involved?

 The world’s greatest festival of cycling, Ford RideLondon-Essex, returns on Sunday 26 May 2024, with cyclists of all backgrounds and abilities making their way along traffic-free roads in Essex and London. In the week leading up to the event, schools and education settings are invited to be part of the active travel fun through a variety of opportunities and interactive activities.

Ford Ride London-Essex 100-mile Challenge in Schools

Schools/settings are invited to take on the 100-mile virtual challenge as a school community, travelling the same distance as the iconic 100-mile route, learning fun facts about Essex and London as you move around the interactive course map.

How many local landmarks can you unlock as you make your way along some of London’s most famous streets, and through the picturesque villages and countryside of Essex?

All schools/settings that travel 100 miles will receive a certificate, downloadable badge and be entered into our prize draw to win active travel goodies.

Schools are invited to complete the 100-mile challenge from Monday 20 May to Monday 14 June.

As a school/setting you can organise how you reach your 100 miles. You might want to:

  • Encourage families to walk, cycle or scoot to/from school (teachers can log miles during the morning register)
  • Organise your Bikeability training within this time
  • Include any Daily Mile activity
  • Utilise Active Travel Ambassadors to promote benefits of active travel and encourage/motivate miles to be achieved as a school community
  • Include any after-school cycling 
Register now

Once registered, you will receive an information pack, which includes:

  • How-to guide
  • Digital interactive map 
  • Spreadsheet to log miles (class teachers to ask pupils how many minutes of activity they completed either on their journey to school or during their Daily Mile and add to the log sheet)


  • Yes. Why not add the miles you’ve covered to your Path to Paris total? Or towards TfL Travel for Life or Active Essex.
  • The Ford Ride 100-mile challenge is for UK schools to enter and complete during the school day, so parents/carers are not able to register their children. We would encourage parents and carers to speak to their school, though, and ask them to take part.
  • Once your school has completed the Ford Ride 100-mile challenge, you will need to email us with your completed log sheet, along with a brief impact statement and evidence of activity – such as a photo or video.
  • No. Each 15 minutes travelled equates to one mile. Collectively as a school you need to complete 100 miles to complete the course. For example, if 30 pupils in your class each complete 15 minutes of exercise, then this equates to 30 miles.
  • No, this does not have to be a whole school challenge, schools can focus on a particular class, year group or key stage if they wish.

Cycling Champion

Teachers and educators across schools in London and Essex can drive participation in active travel by becoming a Cycling Champion at the 2024 Ford RideLondon-Essex events. On Sunday 26 May, thousands of participants will take part in the world’s greatest festival of cycling, as Ford RideLondon-Essex offers a unique chance for cyclists of all abilities to enjoy a ride on traffic-free roads in London and Essex, across a distance of 100, 60, or 30 miles.

Schools in London and Essex can also secure a limited number of reduced entry fee spots through London Marathon Events’ School and Community programme, at a rate of £65 (usually £99) for the 100-mile ride, £45 (usually £65) for the 60-mile ride, and £20 (usually £32) for the 30-mile ride.

Apply to be a Cycling Champion