To the 2022 Shut Up Legs Charity Ride!
It’s a very special year for us – we’re celebrating ten years of the Shut up Legs charity ride event during which we’ve raised over £110.000 from the SUL rides
helping not only the Epilepsy Society (the main benefactor) but six other deserving causes.
This year we’re expanding the event – of course we’ll be heading back to the New Forest for our annual ride through the stunning National Park
known for its beautiful heathland upon which wild ponies graze and roam freely.
We’ll also be holding a ride out in London’s Richmond Park doing laps around the park and of course it gives me the opportunity to talk and chat with you guys –
nothing better than cycling and chatting to friends on the bike.
All the details for the New Forest and Richmond Park rides can be found by clicking on the images below
This year we’re aiming to break our previous fund raising record – come on now shut up legs come join me and ride!
See you soon
Bike Rider, TREK Ambassador and Eurosport Commentator
HOW WE STARTED
A friendship formed around cycling – that’s the background to how Jens Voigt and Stuart Grace met.
It was back in 1999 that Stuart and Jens first met at the the Duo Normand two-man team time trial event that takes place in Marigny-le-Lozon, Normandy.
Jens was there with Chris Boardman as his riding partner taking part in the TT whilst Stuart was also there competing on his fixed wheel TT bike – something that amazed Jens as he shouted out to Chris to come take a look at this crazy Englishman competing in the Duo Normand on a fixie!
During the years that followed Jens and Stuart kept in contact and when Stuart, whose daughter Amy who has suffered with Epilepsy, ADHD and learning disabilities, wanted to create a fund raising event in aid of the Epilepsy Society, reached out to Jens to see if he would come over and ride in the New Forest – The Shut Up Legs Charity Ride was born in 2012 and the rest they say is history.
This year in 2022 we’ll celebrate ten years of the event it’s a monumental milestone to reach – made possible by the incredibly generous support of Jens and Stuart’s dedication and organisation of the cycling fund raiser each year.
To date the annual event has raised well over £110,000 for the Epilepsy Society and other great causes.
2022 – Lets celebrate a decade of Shut Up Legs!
SUL NEW FOREST RIDE
This year’s ride in the New Forest will take place Saturday 1st October and the event HQ and start / finish is the same as in previous years – Hoburne Bashley Holiday Park – a perfect departure point into the New Forest. This isn’t your typical sportive – the focus is on being able to ride and chat with Jens. To do this we limit the number of riders to 120 and divide them into groups based on their average speed. The slowest groups are off first with the fastest groups departing last. By staggering the start it gives Jens and Stuart enough time to cycle with each group along the route and gives riders plenty of opportunity to chat with Jens whilist out on the road. Once everyone is back at event HQ there’s more fun to be had with Jens as you get the chance to join him for an informal Q&A – ask him anything now’s your opportunity.
This year the ticket price includes an exclusively designed limited edition numbered cycling jersey designed by Jens in association with our event partner Shutt Velo Rapide.
Registration for the New Forest is via the British Cycling website. Hurry there’s only 120 places available. Remember – all event proceed are going to our 2022 event charity partners – The Epilepsy Society and The Salvation Army.
SUL RICHMOND PARK RIDE
New for our 10th year of Shut up Legs – We know that 120 places for the New Forest never meets the demand to ride with Jens. So we are now holding another opportunity to ride with Jens a few days before the New Forest ride out.
Taking place Thursday 29th September we’ll be riding around Richmond Park doing ‘chatty laps’ with Jens. Using the same structure as in the New Forest we will have ten groups of riders setting off at different times to cycle the circuit of Richmond Park. Jens and Stuart will be doing a lap with each group.
Our event HQ is Cycle Exchange based in Kingston with an amazing café which will be our base for the afternoon. Cycle Exchange are just under a mile from the Kingston Gate entrance to Richmond Park.
We are limiting rider numbers to 10 groups of 10 riders and it’s only open to BC Registered Cycling Clubs and Corporates – for further details, entrance fees and registration email us below. Remember – all event proceeds are going to our event charity partners – The Epilepsy Society and The Salvation Army.
Since its launch the Shut Up Legs Charity Ride has raised funds for the Epilepsy Society. The charity’s vision is for a world where epilepsy is irrelevant and people with epilepsy lead the lives they want to lead. The Epilepsy Society is the UK’s only charity transforming the lives of people with epilepsy through world-leading research, advocacy and care – We put people at the heart of everything that we do and we hope to see the day when epilepsy is irrelevant.
Our other nominated charity for 2022 is the Salvation Army which is a worldwide Christian church and registered charity and has been fighting against social inequality and transforming lives for over 150 years.
Limited Edition Event Cycling Jersey - Details coming soon