In 2015, a small group of middle-aged men got together and decided to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End. It evolved and during July 2016, a team of 13 guys and gals managed to raise £51,000 for Ark Cancer Centre, with five of the team cycling the full 985 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End (via Basingstoke).
Later the same year, a group organised by Champion Group – The Whacky Racers – decided to cycle from London to Brighton as a team raising money for the same charity. The group, buoyed along with great support from local friends, family and businesses managed to raise £44,000!
The organisers of the two groups decided to join forces in late 2015 and Ark Riders was born!
The next event on the agenda was a bike ride from Basingstoke to Paris – Ark to Arc – which saw 34 riders take part raising money jointly for Ark Cancer Centre and Bike 4 Cancer, which totalled in the region of £82,000!