We've changed our name...

... formerly ‘Tour de Force’

    It’s for charity …

    Conquering the biggest cycling challenge of your life feels pretty amazing. Le loop is as much a personal journey as a physical one.
    Riding Le Loop, you’ll discover just what you’re really capable of.

    So what feels even better than reaching the end of a stage, or the top of that brutal climb, or even Paris?

    Knowing that your blood, sweat and tears have reached far beyond your own immense
    personal satisfaction, by helping struggling youth to realise their true potential.

    Together, we will do something incredible

    “The kids your money is helping, have never had anyone doing a turn at the front to shelter them from the headwind, or someone just slowing up to provide company when they could have gone on ahead to get some extra personal recovery time at the hotel. By cycling Le Loop and fundraising for the William Wates Memorial Trust, your experience will go way beyond your own personal glory by helping these young people, who have not been as lucky as we have in life.”
    – Phil Deeker, Le Loop lead cyclist 2010-2016

    “While I have to admit that the main reason for doing the event for me was the personal challenge and opportunity for riding le Tour, I soon found that the charity angle was essential for the whole experience: the atmosphere while out there in France and the motivation on the cold winter mornings to get out and train … without doubt the charity focus not only added to but made the whole experience.”
    – Paul Eden, Le Loop cyclist 2013 & 2017

    Our support is legendary, and not just on the roads of France!

    We give you everything you need to make a success of your fundraising
    commitment to the William Wates Memorial Trust.

    Once you are a fully-signed up rider you will have access to masses of tried and tested ideas, tools and resources in our Rider Zone.

    “Get stuck in, be as committed to the fundraising as your training and enjoy the whole process. Its a hugely
    creative and satisfying experience and you’ll often be surprised by how willing people are to help you
    along the way… good luck!!!” –
    Luke Milnes (signed up in May and raised over £4,000 in 3 months)

    Your Target

    The table below shows you a guideline for expected fundraising targets for 2018. This will be updated when we publish our Loop options for 2018

    IMPORTANT: Please note that we ask you to reach 80% of your target by the end of April.

    Tour TasterFundraising Target80% (due by end April)
    Grand Loop£3000£2400
    Demi Loop£1500£1200
    Petit Loop£800 – £1200£640 – £960

    Fundraising Policy

    Le Loop exclusively supports the William Wates Memorial Trust.

    Le Loop (formerly “Tour de Force”) was conceived and created in 2006 by the Trustees of the William Wates Memorial Trust who remain very involved with the day to day running of the event.

    The Trustees of the charity contribute untold amounts of time, energy, enthusiasm and financial backing to the running of Le Loop. This commitment has enabled the event to become so successful and inclusive.

    Throughout the lead up to Le Loop, we try to introduce cyclists to the work of the charities and projects supported by grants from the William Wates Memorial Trust. We have speakers at pub nights, include information about grants in our newsletters and try to introduce as many cyclists as possible to people who have benefited directly from WWMT-funded projects.

    We aim to have as direct a link as possible between our cyclists and the recipient charities and we hope that these links will grow with the event.

    The charity is our reason for being. It is at the heart of what makes Le Loop special, and the feel of the event as it travels through France is unique because of everyone’s common fundraising achievements.

    The charity aspect of the event might not be the original motivation for cyclists taking part in Le Loop but the personal, friendly, family nature of the charity and event is noted and appreciated by everyone who joins us.

    Due to the time, energy and financial input from the William Wates Memorial Trust, and because we wish to retain the special, inclusive, personal touch, we do not allow cyclists to use Le Loop to raise money for any other charity.

    This includes having to refuse requests from cyclists who wish to raise the minimum sponsorship for the William Wates Memorial Trust and then continue fundraising for another charity, or cyclists who wish to raise money for two or more charities via this event.

    Riders are encouraged to ‘champion’ a charity in their area that meets the funding criteria set by WWMT. Where possible, WWMT will award a grant based on merit, helping to make your fundraising as relevant to you and your supporters as possible. There is more information on how this works in the Rider Zone.

    For more information on the William Wates Memorial Trust, please see www.wwmt.org

    For more information on Le Loop, or if you have any questions relating to the information above, please email: kate@rideleloop.org

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