Join our spin bike challenge for reforestation

Thu, 19/11/2015

The challenge

Cycle 240 miles in one day on spin bikes at the gym. You will be part of a team that will aim to be first past the post, win a prize and support reforestation as a legacy for Bristol Green Capital 2015!


This December the United Nations conference on climate change will take place in Paris. Known as COP21, the parties will aim to achieve universal agreement to act on climate change. Here in Bristol we have been doing great things this year as European Green Capital 2015. We want to continue this legacy of local action and work together as global citizens to restore tropical forest in India. By raising funds to plant trees we are creating a forest to absorb carbon to regulate climate. In addition, the forest will restore animal species, provide natural products and support livelihoods.

A group from Bristol is cycling to Paris to deliver the people’s manifesto, including our CEO Wendy Stephenson, who is participating in some of the events and will blog stories of inspiration.

To highlight these talks and Bristol’s role we want to play our part by raising awareness and raising money to plant trees in 2015 through our Spin Bike Pedal to Paris.

How does it work?

We are looking for people to make up 2 teams. Relays will be divided into 1 hour sessions but we hope that each participant will be able to cycle 2 hours on the bike (non-consecutive, so you can have a breather!) to really challenge yourself for a good cause.  We would love it if you could raise at least £50 sponsorship per person to take part. All funds raised will go towards planting trees to grow into a tropical forest.


  • Going the Distance Award - a prize will be awarded to the participant who cycles the furthest within an hour.
  • Top Fundraiser Award – a prize will be awarded to the participant who raises the most money.
  • Top Team Award – a prize will be awarded to the team who rides 240 miles in the fastest time, if you are really fast then we will be challenging you to cycle on water by covering the extra miles from Portsmouth to Le Havre!


Pure Gym, Explore Lane, Millennium Square, Bristol, BS1 5TY


#GivingTuesday 1st December 2015. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday, the global day of charitable giving. The challenge will run between 7am and 7pm.

How can I help?

You can sign up to become part of the team to get on the spin bike and help us clock up 240 miles (the distance cycled between Bristol and Paris). Or you can sponsor someone who is taking part to spur them on to keep pedalling. 

If you are interested in getting involved then we’d love to hear from you. Please complete a registration form or contact Helen at The Converging World, email or call 0117 927 7089.