Event: Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride 2021

Queen Eleanor cyclists in their jerseys

The Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride is an unique 200 mile ride along the historic route of the Queen Eleanor Crosses, from Lincoln to London.

The ride is run by our sister charity The Friends of the Connection, who fundraise for The Connection at St Martin’s. This year the event will have different ways to get involved to suit you over the weekend 27-30 August 2021!


200 miles cycling from Harby near Lincoln, where Queen Eleanor died in 1290, and following the route of the Queen Eleanor Crosses to Charing Cross in London. The ride starts on Friday morning and ends at Westminster Abbey on Monday, followed by a celebration. Overnight stops are in Grantham, Geddington and Dunstable. Day cyclists are also welcome.

All meals and lots of cake provided, plus transport for luggage and back up, with accommodation in church and village halls. 30 places are available. Regular cyclists aged 18 or over are welcome; younger cyclists can take part if accompanied by a responsible adult. You will cycle in small groups chosen according to speed, led by a cyclist who is familiar with the route. These arrangements may be reviewed in the light of the latest COVID situation.

The challenges of 2020 meant that last year people committed to cycling 200 miles closer to home in aid of those on the street. We are offering this option again this year. Even if you can’t join the Group Ride, you can still take part and help support the Connection’s work.

If you would rather take on a shorter distance, that is also your choice – as long as you tell your sponsors!

We do not set a minimum sponsorship target, but over £20,000 was raised last year with an average of more than £500 per cyclist.

The entry fee for the full ride is £80 before 30 June, or £95 thereafter. If you would like to join the Traditional route for a day, or a day and overnight, the fees are £10, or £20, respectively. The fee for taking part locally is £20.

Join us on this year’s socially distanced Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, and help raise vital funds to support the Connection’s ongoing work with those who continue to sleep rough or are in vulnerable housing in the centre of London, and who face heightened risk from the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you would like more information, or would like to sign up, please visit the Friends’ Website If you have queries or would like to express interest, please feel free to ring Charles Woodd, QECR Chair, on 07962 213494, or email queeneleanorcycle@gmail.com.