For 2020, we're offering FREE ENTRY to The Smuggler Sportive to anyone who can raise over £100.00 for FORCE Cancer Charity.
Here at Smuggler HQ, we have 2 main motivations for putting on The Smuggler Sportive each year.
The first of those is seeing the joy on riders' faces when they're crossing the finish line, smashing their goals and well exceeding their expectations; the grassroots of our favourite sport is where the real triumph occurs.
However, the driving force behind the Smuggler Sportive is the money we're able to raise for FORCE Cancer Charity.
Cancer is a brutal, horrific and devastating disease. It affects millions of people every year, none of whom are ever prepared, which makes it even more difficult to process. FORCE believe 'anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible support and treatment close to home', and they've contributed over £10 million to improve the quality of treatment and care available in Exeter for cancer patients and their loved ones, as well as a further £2 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment. None of this money comes from the government, so it's events like The Smuggler that keep FORCE alive.
All of us at Bike Shed are in awe of the work that FORCE do to support patients and their families, so if we can do our little bit to keep their great work going, we will.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!
To help a great cause, please follow these simple steps:
STEP 1: ENTER THE SMUGGLER
Please process your entry via British Cycling in the usual way. We need all participants to have an official British Cycling entry on the day for insurance purposes. You will be refunded upon receipt of your donation.
STEP 2: EMAIL US
Contact us to notify us of your intended sponsorship attempt. This way we can keep your details on file and refund your entry once the donation comes in.
STEP 3: FUNDRAISE!!!
Spend as much time as you can raising money. We have a few sponsorship tools available to help!
STEP 4: RIDE
Join us on 2ND JUNE and ride your heart out.
STEP 5: SUBMIT YOUR DONATION
You'll need to have donated at least £100 to FORCE Cancer Charity by the 1st JULY. This gives you around 4 weeks after the ride to gather your sponsorship donations and process the donation.
STEP 6: EMAIL US AGAIN
Send us an email with confirmation of your donation, as well as your name and date of birth. We will verify this with FORCE, before coming back to you to organise your entry refund.
STEP 7: RECEIVE ENTRY REFUND
Once the donation is received, we will refund your entry! Note - all refunds will be processed on 2nd July.
If at any point along this journey you decide to cancel your fundraising attempts, you can still ride the event as normal, your entry (step 1) will still be completely valid.
Ready to start? Great!
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