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Palace for Life launch new challenge: Bike to Southampton

Take on our next fundraising challenge and support Palace for Life Foundation by cycling to the Premier League clash between Southampton F.C. and Crystal Palace F.C. on Saturday 30 April 2022*.

Sign up for the Bike to Southampton now

We are looking for dedicated Palace fans to take on our latest fundraising challenge! A 100-mile cycle from Selhurst Park to St Mary’s Stadium, before cheering on Patrick Vieira’s Eagles in the away end with a free ticket courtesy of Palace for Life. 

The Bike to Southampton is a fantastic chance to not only watch Palace away but an opportunity to get to know fellow Palace fans, complete a personal challenge and raise money to help the next generation of south Londoners. The 2020 – Bournemouth edition was a huge success raising more than £15,000 for the Foundation, despite the match itself being postponed! 

The ride will begin at Selhurst Park on the Friday morning, heading south through the picturesque Surrey countryside before staying overnight at a Spa Hotel near Portsmouth. After a night of rest and recovery, we will cross the divide from Portsmouth in to Southampton. 

We will arrive in Southampton with plenty of time to shower, change and eat lunch (as well as stop off at a pub!) before the 3pm kick off. You will then join Palace’s away following for the game, before being transported, along with your bike, back to Selhurst Park. 

This cycling event will cater for all abilities and is not a race, you can cycle as fast or as slow as you would like and will be well supported throughout. The ride to Bournemouth in 2020 was underpinned by a great sense of togetherness between the riders, in the same way our Marathon March has been over the years – something that is special among Palace fans! 

The registration fee is £150 and includes:  

  • 1-night hotel accommodation
  • A bespoke Palace themed cycling jersey 
  • 2x lunch, 1x dinner and 1x breakfast 
  • 1x free match ticket in the away end 
  • Professional support throughout the cycle 
  • Fundraising support & resources
  • Transport back from St Mary’s Stadium to Selhurst Park 

For those that either don’t have a bike or are worried that their bike may not be suitable, we have teamed up with British Bike Hire to offer hire options. You can hire a Road Bike for the 2-day event for just £85, or a Hybrid Bike (recommended for novice riders) for £75.

To take part, each cyclist will pledge to raise a minimum of £500 for Palace for Life Foundation, helping to support our work with young south Londoners and to aspire to give them brighter futures. 

The £150 registration fee can be paid in instalments, to arrange this please contact fundraising@palaceforlife.org. 

To sign-up and book your place on the Bike to Southampton team, CLICK HERE. 

You can watch the highlights of the 2020 ride HERE.

*Please note that like all fixtures this is liable to change for TV scheduling, and we will confirm any changes to this date by February 2022. 

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