What is Cycle for Autism?
Cycle for Autism is a virtual fundraising challenge to cycle 10km every day for eight days. This year’s event is taking place from Wednesday 14 July to Wednesday 21 July 2021 (inclusive). We encourage anyone and everyone to sign up, get active and raise funds to support autism!
It's easy to get involved:
- Click the 'Register' button above
- Once you have completed your registration, personalise your fundraising page
- Share your page with your family, friends and colleagues
- Get Cycling!
When will I recieve my Cycle for Autism T-shirt?
Cycle for Autism is a fundraising challenge. So as soon as you receive a donation of £10 to your online fundraising page, we will send you a Cycling for Autism T-shirt to say keep up the good work and thank you! Pop your T-shirt on and take that all important selfie and share it with friends and family and let's see how much money you can raise. We are sending the T-shirts out with Royal Mail so you should receive your T-Shirt within 7 days of your fundraising page hitting £10. Let us know if this isn't the case and we can check for you. The Cycle for Autism campaign is super successful this year so we have had to put a deadline of Tuesday 6th July for raising £10 in other to get your T-shirt in time for the cycling week! If you started fundraising after this date and are still waiting for your T-shirt, do not worry, we will get one to you as soon as we can and you will still be able to wear it with pride, albeit after the cycling week.
Do I have to fundraise?
Every pedal turn counts.....and so does every penny.
It's important to fundraise no matter how big or small to help us provide the best possible opportunities for autistic people.
Aim for at least £10 per day, so £80 in total. You may raise less than that, but perhaps you can raise much more. There's no minimum sponsorship required but every penny counts so please try your best.
Start by making a personal donation to your page - show everyone you share your page with how much you care and this will encourage them to support you.
If you hit £110 you will become one of our Fundraising Legends!
What do I receive when I sign up?
- You will recieve a confirmation text and email
- Your Welcome Pack will be sent to you within a week or so of registering to take part
- Your Welcome Pack contains The Essential Guide to Fundraising
- Your T-shirt will be sent out as soon as you recieve the first £10 donation to your page.
- It's a virtual event so keep in touch on social media @wecycleforautism and use #wecycleforautism
- We'll keep in touch with a few texts and emails but don't worry, you'll love our inspiring words!
Can I cycle as a team?
This year we are suggesting that participants cycle solo or with members of their own household. However Cycle for Autism is a virtual event and you can connect with Team members virtually when you are planning to cycle. So if you live in Exeter and your sister lives in Edinbugh you can still arrange your lunchtime cycle virtually. Please make sure you follow Government Guidelines on exercise.
Do I have to cycle from Wednesday 14 July to Wednesday 21 July?
We would like everyone taking part to do so during this week. However as this is a virutal event you can choose to cycle at any time that best suits you. You may wish to cycle before the dates or after them. But whatever you do, please tell us so we can cheer you all the way!
How does the Covid-19 pandemic affect Cycle for Autism?
There’s no set event or location for the Cycle for Autism 10km cycle per day challenge. That means you can cycle anywhere, at any time, in any place – whatever takes your fancy. You don't have to do all your km's at once. Every single pedal turn you take during the day counts.....even the ones round the corner to buy an item of shopping. You can cycle round your neighbourhood, round the park, to and from work or to visit family or friends. You may choose to cycle on a designated cycle path, you can even do your pedal turns on an exercise bike in your own house or public gym!
If you are cycling indoors in a public place like a gym, you may need to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidellines. Most importantly stay safe. The Covid-19 pandemic has restricted everyone's lives and we should all keep up-to-date with the latest Government Guidelines in the UK and Ireland.
How do I track my daily cycling km's ?
Use your phone to track your km's with MapMyFitness, Zwift, or Cyclemeter - you can download these free Apps from your online store of choice.
You can alter the measure from miles to km's on the settings if required. You can also select the 'spinning' option on your FitBit to track you km's while using an exercise bike.
Both FitBit and MapMyFitness connect to your fundraising page so they can collate your cycling km's straight to your fundraising page - how cool is that! Please note this facility is only operational during the active cycling week between 14th July and 21st July.
We hope we have covered everything. Whoever you are and wherever you are in the UK you can take part easily!
How do I add an offline donation?
Let's face it, some people just prefer to deal with cash. If you recieve cash, of course you'll want to add the amount to your page, so the best thing to do is keep the money or bank it and make a personal donation of the same amount to your page. This means the total showing on the home page as 'raised so far' is accurate. If you are unable to do this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add the offline donation for you from here, you just have to remember to send the money in!
Can I make payment in Euros?
Yes you can! So don't forget to send your page to all those long lost relatives on the continent! The payment default sign shows as £, no matter what currency, so don't worry about that. Card payments are accepted from 171 countries, likewise with Paypal.
I've shared my page but my achievement badge isn't highlighted
Make sure you share your page using the share option on your page. This sits just below the donate button. If you copy and paste the url of your fundraising page, you will not trigger the badge. You must share through the website. When you log into your page you will see the option to share via Facebook, Twitter, email, SMS, Linkedin or WhatsApp.
How do I add km's to my page?
The activity tracker on the home page will be live from 14 July to 21 July The activity tracker will combine all our super cyclers' km's into one grand total. So please make sure you add your km's to your page during the cycling week. If you sync with Fitbit your km's will be automatically added to your page during the cycling week. If you sync with Strava you may have to convert your miles into km's and add them manually to your page.
Cycling 10km (which is approx. 6.4 miles) will take between 45 minutes to an hour at a leisurely speed. If it is a flat route and you are a confident cyclist you could ride this distance in a speedy 30 minutes ... but what's the rush ... take your time and enjoy your daily 10km Cycle for Autism ride.
If you are using another activity tracker you can also add the km's to your page. Just click on your profile pic (or on your name if on mobile) which is in the top right corner of your page and then click on My Fitness Activity. You can change your km's target here too - so if 80km's is too much (or not enough for you), simply amend the target and then add your daily km's. This will then be counted on the km's Tracker on the home page during the cycling week.
Can we produce our own merchandise such as hoodies?
Some of our super cyclers are interested in producing their own hoodies to keep them warm while doing their cycle rides on cool mornings. We do not endorse the use of the logo in this way. So please continue to wear your your T-shirts with pride and we'll look into producing more official merchandise next year!
My cycle km's achivement badges aren't showing
The cycle km's achievement badges are activated during the cycling week 14 July to 21 July. So make sure to log your cycling km's then. You can sync with Fitbit or Strava during this week also. If you are doing your cycling km's early, late or a bit at a time, just make a note of your km's and add them to your page manually from the 14 July to trigger your achievement badge. You can then show all your supporters how you have completed the challenge! To add cycling km's to your page manually simply log-in and click on your profile pic top right. Then click on My Fitness Activity. Please note the cycling achievement badges will be highlighted on all pages on the 21 July.
My cycling km's aren't showing on my page
There was an issue logging cycling km's at the start of the cycling week so we had to remove the circle of miles from your pages as it was confusing the km's input system.
So whereas you add km's to your page in My Fitness Activity, when you view this page to see your cycling activity on your mobile, it shows 0. Please view your cycling km's on your Dashboard. You can take screenshots and update your supporters with your progress.
How should I plan for a safe cycle ride?
Our basic advice is:
- Make sure you can be seen and wear bright clothes such as your blue Cycle For Autism T-shirt that's ideal!
- Wear a helmet.
- Take a drink and an extra layer, plus some money and your phone
For the bike:
- Check your brakes work well
- Rub, clean and oil your chain with a few drops of oil
- Pump up your tyres so they feel like an apple and not soft like an orange
If you are unsure book your bike in for a safety check/service at a local bike shop. Alternatively pick up some handy hints to do it yourself from Cycling UK
- For great advice to help you get started
- Including essential riding advice
- Local clubs
- Plus basic maintenance guides and much more check out:
Make your journey more pleasant by planning a route away from busy roads e.g. try canal tow paths or tracks nearby or visit Sustrans