Pedalling for climate change from London to Copenhagen

By staff writers
June 24, 2009

A team of 50 cyclists from the UK-based international development agency Christian Aid, will take to the road and ride 140 miles from London to Copenhagen from 9-16 December 2009.

Their aim is to highlight the start of the United Nations climate change summit and to raise vital funds for projects in the developing world.

With three days cycling between 25 and 65 miles a day, the bike ride is open to all levels of cycling fitness. The group will leave London on the morning of 9 December, cycling through the English countryside to Harwich and, after the ferry ride, through the Danish islands to Copenhagen.

Participants will cycle for no more than six hours a day and there will be two free days in the Danish capital before the group returns to the UK.

In Copenhagen, the cyclists will have the chance to make their ‘green’ presence count by joining thousands of climate change campaigners from all over the world at a mass rally calling for a fair and effective deal to combat climate change and to help the millions in the poorest countries already suffering the effects of climate change.

"Cyclists have always been at the forefront of the green movement. This an amazing opportunity to make a real difference by making your voice heard at the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen and at the same time raising money to help some the world’s poorest people," said Alison Gregory of Christian Aid.

The cost of the trip is £875 per person which participants can either pay themselves or raise in sponsorship as part of a commitment to raise £1,900 for Christian Aid. There is also an initial £99 registration fee. The price includes all accommodation, the ferry, transport back from Copenhagen and most meals.

Those taking part will get full support from Christian Aid’s special events team - with training, preparation and fundraising advice.

For a brochure, the full itinerary, route profile, registration form and fundraising tips log on to, call 020 7523 2248 or email

You can also buy Christian Aid gifts and support present aid online.

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