On the night of Saturday 10th July 2021, into the early hours of Sunday morning, you can be part of the Nightrider challenge - cycling 50km or 100km around the streets of Liverpool and Wirral.
It's definitely #NotYourUsualNightOut
Nightrider is a fantastic way to see some of Liverpool’s unique sights by moonlight whilst raising funds for Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
Once again, this year there will be two distances - a 100km and 50km ride.
The ride is designed as two 50km loops with a centrally located start / break / finish point. You can choose to do either the Liverpool or the Wirral loop, or both! Be sure to choose the correct Start Wave for the loop that you'd like to do.
Full support, back up and regular break stops are provided throughout the night and you will receive a well-earned breakfast and medal at the finish line.
We’ve got limited places available to anyone who would like to join our Alder Hey cycling team.
We'll provide a fundraising pack, including your very own Alder Hey cycling top.
- Registration £39 including free cycling top
- Minimum sponsorship: £200
The Nightrider event is a great event to be a part of, but understandably, you might have some questions about both the lead up to the challenge, as well as the night itself. Here are some FAQs to read through before you register:
How much training does the Nightrider challenge require?
The Nightrider challenge spans a significant distance so will require a fair level of physical fitness to undertake. However, the great thing about the event is that you can choose your distance based on your ability, opting for a 50km or 100km route. If you’re looking to take on a bit of a challenge in summer 2019, or improve your fitness, this is the perfect event for you. Challenging yourself to some long-distance cycles before the event is recommended. Please note that this event is not recommended for beginner cyclists - but with some training beforehand, the challenge should be achievable for most cyclists.
Will I need my own bike for the challenge?
Yes, you will be required to bring your own bike, so please ensure it’s in a good enough condition to get around the course. Full support will be available at different parts of the course, so if you do have an issue with your bike, then help is at hand.
What should I wear for the event?
Try to wear reflective and high-vis clothing during event, due to the course being in darkness. However, your entry price does include a high-vis vest which you will be given upon your arrival on the night.
What time does the ride start?
The ride will start at 10.30pm and for safety reasons, riders will set off in waves. Closer to the time of the event, you will be allocated your start wave and it is important that you begin at the right time. Your start wave will also depend on how long your route is (50km or 100km). There will be certain stop points around the race (every 25 km) where drinks and snacks will be provided.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes. It is compulsory to wear a helmet for the entirety of the bike ride.
What is the minimum age for taking part in the Nightrider Challenge?
Participants in the nightrider challenge have to be aged 18 or over – this age restriction is for insurance reasons.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
Please remember that this course is an open-road event and so therefore you will be stopping at traffic lights as well as cycling on roads that haven’t been closed. Although it will be night-time and traffic will be minimal, you will need to consider this when timing your route. Experienced cyclists can expect to finish 50km in around 3-4 hours and if you are doing the full 100km, account for around 6-8 hours - this includes allocated break stops. Please note that the full course must be completed in the space of 10 hours.
What kind of lights do I need on my bike?
It is compulsory to have a working set of lights on the front and rear of your bike. You will not be allowed to participate if you arrive at the start of the race missing either. If your bike has lights without rechargeable batteries, make sure they have enough power to last the whole way around (you will be on the road for around 6-8 hours). In the Liverpool Nightrider event, there are short stretches that have no street lights, meaning a working set of lights is essential.
For more information about supporting Alder Hey Charity in the 2020 Liverpool Nightrider event, call us on 0151 252 5716, visit us in the atrium, register above or email: [email protected]