How to get involved


Welcome to the Rapha Manchester to London Fundraising support pages. Firstly, a massive thank you on behalf of all at Ambitious about Autism for taking on this challenge and raising funds to support their work. You may have a personal link with autism or you may know very little about it, what ever your reason for taking on this ride you’ll by helping to raise much needed funds to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism across the UK.

Riding 220 miles in one day is going to be tough, and at points you’ll need all your strength to pull yourself through. This is what life can be like for a family with a child with autism. Sometimes life can be tough but it is all worth the perseverance. As you ride take strength in the knowledge that your determination will be helping to change the live of children and young people with autism and their families.

Within these pages you will find hints and tips for helping you to hit that £750 target.

Essential Information

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About Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism in a sentence – Our ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism.

Why your support is so vital – 1 in 100 children have autism, a lifelong neurological condition that has no cure. There are around 100,000 children with autism in the UK.

How your support could make a difference

£75 could fund one day of advocacy for a young person, to help them transition to adulthood and give them a voice to influence the provision of further education, health, social care and housing.

£600 could fund our Ambitious Support Service for one day – the support team provides specialist support to young people with autism aged 19-25, enabling them to learn, be healthy, enjoy life and achieve in their own communities.

£1250 could fund one week’s autism training for teachers, enabling them to better support the 70% of children with autism in mainstream education. Currently over half of teachers have not had the specific training they need to adequately support children with autism.

If you need some inspiration take a moment to watch this short film featuring Simon (Founder and CEO of Rapha Racing) and Lucy Mottram as they share their experiences of discovering their son Oscar has autism, the effect of the diagnosis and the importance of TreeHouse School, one of Ambitious about Autism’s key services, in his progress.

You can see more inspiring videos on the Ambitious about Autism YouTube channel, and read more about the work they do here.


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From the Rapha Blog

  1. From Manchester to London

    Words: | Photography: Wig Worland | Date:

    Rapha hosted the inaugural Manchester to London Challenge, an event that saw 136 riders complete a 220-mile trip over the Peaks, through the Midlands and into London in just one day, raising funds for Ambitious about Autism. Here Emma Osenton, the route’s designer, and Simon Mottram, Rapha CEO, share their thoughts on completing the ride, followed by a video of the day’s action.

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  2. Manchester to London Results 2014

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    The results are in after Sunday’s Manchester To London ride, and it appears that the North are, on average, three minutes slower than their friends from the South. A more in-depth round-up of the day will follow shortly, but until then here are the day’s results. As always, we’d like to thank the marshals, mechanics and medics who did so much to make the day run so smoothly, and the riders who raised money for Ambitious About Autism.

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  3. The Road More Travelled

    Words: David Harmon | Photography: Elliot Jones | Date:

    There is a part of me that eschews gadgets and gizmos, rejects outright the reliance of riders on Garmins, Strava and even at times on the humble map. A belligerent part of me instinctively bridles at the facility of these devices to control me and take away my freedom to sit up, look about, and enjoy the journey rather than the efficiencies of getting there.

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