bike-teamThis month, a team of 4 bikers will attempt to conquer the infamous alpine cycle route; the Raid de Dolomites. William Whitby, Ed Ross, Andrew Wanliss-Orlebar and Nick Ross will set off from Milan on Saturday 5th July on one of the most arduous road routes in the world.

Over the years, the team have raised money for various good causes and this year, we’re thrilled that they will be fundraising for Step Forward. You can follow their progress on social media with #dolomites4sf

The route has some awe inspiring stats: 7 days, 800kms, 30 summits and 20,922m of ascent.

Temperatures in the valleys will exceed 30 degrees centigrade but on the peaks there will be several feet of snow and bitter conditions. The team will be unsupported and will carry everything they need for the 7 day Raid with them.

Sponsor the team

You can sponsor the ‘Fellowship of the Raid’ team at:

Your sponsorship money will be the incentive to keep them going up THIS…


More about the ride

The course they will follow – Milan to near Venice along the high points of the Dolomites – is truly spectacular and takes in some monstrous summits (or cols, as they are known):

Simplon, the San Bernardino pass (over 31kms of straight climbing) and Splugan are the first ones topping 2000m. Stelvio, which at 2758m is infamous as the highest paved mountain pass in Europe, frequently features in the elite Giro d’Italia bike race (Top Gear voted it one of the ‘greatest driving roads in the world’ – perhaps due to the 48 hairpins on the Eastern side).

The Dolomites, or Italian Alps, are indeed very large, as col after col tops the 2000m mark: Sella, Pordoi, Valparola, Giau and the 3 peaks of Lavaredo. One section has a large stretch of 17% incline – the equivalent of 1:6.

So sponsor them whatever you can at and help them along on this amazing challenge.