Announcing the Bikes to Billund charity cycle ride

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At the end of September I will be embarking on the longest cycle ride I've ever undertaken.

Myself and three others will be cycling almost 1000km (620 miles) from the flagship LEGO store in Leicester Square, London, to the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, in seven-and-a-half days, to raise money for Fairy Bricks.

I have been training since since Christmas and, while I do do quite a lot of cycling, I've never ridden anywhere near this distance, or on consecutive days. So, it has proven to be quite a challenge. However, I think I'm ready for it now and I can't wait to get going.

I’m often asked if I would like donations for Brickset to help keep it online, but I never accept. It would mean far more to me if you sponsored me on this ride, to support Fairy Bricks. I'm sure that through the 'Brickset effect' we can eclipse any fundraising totals that the charity has had before. So, please, if you can, support my efforts!

If you are from the UK and would like to, please do so on the event's Fundraising page. This should also work if you are overseas, however if you do encounter any problems such as your card issuer blocking overseas transactions, you can donate via the charity's Paypal page.

You can read more about my fellow riders, the support team and our route, after the break. And, if you are in the UK, Netherlands, northern Germany or southern Jutland and would like to join us for a day's riding then do get in touch: we'd love your company!


We are a six strong cycling team, made up of four riders and two helpful (more likely hindering!) support staff. Peddling hard for Fairy Bricks will be Huw Millington, Ed Diment, James Pegrum and Ralph Doering. They will be ably assisted from the support van by Kev Gascoigne and Fly Tipping.

All six of the team hold Fairy Bricks very closely to their hearts. Huw allowed the first fundraising effort on his website Brickset back in 2013 when the name Fairy Bricks didn't even exist. Ed joined the Fairy Bricks Trustee Board in 2014 and has given a huge amount of time personally since and made the resources of his company, Bright Bricks available whenever possible. James and his LEGO Building friends Brick To The Past have constantly supported the charity by building incredible models to assist at Fairy Bricks events. Ralph continues to build inspirational LEGO mosaics, often building them live at Fairy Bricks events. Kev, aka the Hairy Fairy founded the charity in late 2013. Lastly, Fly has devoted countless hours in making LEGO donations directly to the hospitals Fairy Bricks visits.

The brave cycle team will be departing the LEGO Store in Leicester Square London at 08:30, Thursday September 20th. After eight gruelling days of riding they should arrive at The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark at 11:00 Thursday September 27th. The planned route is as follows:

  • We'll be departing the LEGO store in Leicester Square early in the morning on Thursday 20th September. From there we’ll follow cycle paths out of the city into the Essex countryside as we head for the port of Harwich on the east coast of England. We have 140km to cover before the ferry sets sail for the Netherlands in the evening.
  • After crossing the North Sea we’ll arrive in Hook of Holland, near Rotterdam, where we’ll begin our journey through the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Today’s 130km ride to Lelystad, just east of Amsterdam, should be fairly easy going as there won’t be a hill in sight.
  • Day three’s 120km ride should also be flat as we continue east through the Netherlands, to arrive in Emmen, near the German border.
  • Day four will be our longest and toughest. It’ll start to get a bit hillier as we ride 165km across the border into Germany, to arrive in the industrial city of Bremen on the river Wester.
  • We’ll continue across Germany on day five, arriving in Hamburg after a shorter 110km ride, hopefully in time to visit the LEGO brand store before it closes.
  • Our journey heads north on day six as we make our way towards the Danish border. There’s still a long way to go, though so we’ll be spending the night in Schleswig in northern Germany, after riding 140km.
  • On day seven, after about 40km riding in the morning we’ll cross into Denmark, before travelling a further 80km to arrive in Rødding.
  • On the final day, we’ll have a nice short flat ride of 50Km to Billund so we should arrive there mid-morning, just in time for the AFOL event at The LEGO House on the 27th September!

The route through continental Europe.


A total of 975 km in eight days! While supporting the incredible foursome along the route, Kev and Fly will also be sneaking away to make LEGO deliveries to hospitals on the route.

We would love to have people join us on the route so if you want to have a day with us, then please get in touch for our exact starting destinations.

We hope our effort and your sponsorship will enable Fairy Bricks to support more children, in more hospitals than ever before. Please make a donation on the event's fundraising page, or via Paypal if you have problems doing so.

Thank you -- your donation will mean the world to me, and of course will go directly towards getting our beloved bricks into the hands of sick children in hospitals and hospices around the world.

You may have noticed that we'll arrive in Billund just before the Skaerbaek fan weekend. That's no coincidence -- all six of us will be there, hopefully not limping or walking like we are still astride our saddles!

 

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35 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

What a brilliant idea to raise funds, every best wish.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good luck Huw... I’m Sure the target amount will be reached very quick, with all great work Brickset does the donation is a pleasure..

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By in Germany,

Good luck! Sounds like a great trip. Will be sure to support.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wish you all the best. Great endeavour for an excellent good cause.

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By in Netherlands,

What a great idea! I might be able to join you on Friday or Saturday in the Netherlands. Do you have a detailed map of your route?

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By in Netherlands,

Great initiave! Sadly I don't have time to join you and the team for a day but I wish you the best of luck!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ I'll PM you.

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By in France,

Whish you courage and strength on that long road for the good cause! That's people like you all that go on this ride and for that purpose who show that the good is still at work around us. Great idea, hope you will rise much more than you expect! We 'll try to support and follow as much as we can!

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By in United States,

So... The bit about crossing the North Sea... How is that going down?

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By in United Kingdom,

My hat's off to you Huw and to everyone on the team. A breathtaking challenge for a worthy cause which I hope many of us will be supporting! Head down and pedal hard for the coast :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

That’s some ride! Donation made. Good luck to the whole team and hats off for making such a difference to the children you help.

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By in Argentina,

You legends!! I’ll try and join you from the Leicester store as far as I can (clearly UK only)

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By in United States,

Really good idea, best to all supporting.

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By in Australia,

Safe travels to you all.

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic idea - very best of luck to one and all.
I shall dig my credit card out in the morning and chip in.

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By in United States,

DANG man! That's a long bike ride!

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By in Australia,

Wow, what a great thing to do! I hope it all works well for you guys :)

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By in Czech Republic,

FairyBricks.org still promoting an event in Manchester for 2017?

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By in China,

be safe!

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By in United States,

Amazing! Good luck all!

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By in Netherlands,

You seem to pass my town fairly closely. Will there be some sort of meet-and-greet opportunity on your daily arrivals?

Also, a little warning: between 100 and 150 km. on the map will be the most boring bike ride you have ever experienced, because that used to be water.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Absolutely there will! We'd love to see you en route.

And, it may be boring but at least (presumably) it'll be flat...

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By in United States,

Great initiative for a wonderful cause, hats off to you all! I'll be happy to donate come payday, although can't join in the ride - every time I've tried to bike across the Atlantic I got bogged down and washed out on the beach... Besides, just reading your planned route gave me a calf cramp. I wish you all a safe trip and please take lots of pictures for us! May I also suggest placing Minifigures on LEGO bikes onto your bike frames? Just seems that some Sig Figs might enjoy the journey :)

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By in Norway,

Good Luck on your trip Huw. It is a good cause. Hope you make it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Crazy, absolutely crazy idea! Bloody great idea, but, crazy all the same.

I'll bang some sponsorship your way come payday.

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By in United Kingdom,

Done. Good luck all! It's very important when you stop to think of those who receive the support of Fairy Bricks.

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By in Netherlands,

Awesome initiative, you’re actually going through my home town in the Netherlands! Any chance I can see you guys pass by and cheer you on?

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By in United Kingdom,

Sounds like fun, take care!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ of course! Pm me!

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By in United Kingdom,

What a fantastic idea and good luck to all you riders and the support crew. A daunting prospect but I an sure you will do it.

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By in Belgium,

Great idea, hope the training goes well for all of you and you get a lot of donations.

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By in United Kingdom,

good luck! i did L2P for my 40th 2 years ago, i miss the long challanges

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By in United States,

Good luck guys. It's a pretty impressive distance. I followed former US Libertarian presidential candidate's ride the Continental Divide. It takes tremendous endurance.

"In 2017, Johnson plans to participate in the Tour Divide, a race along the Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico over 2,700-plus miles of gravel and singletrack."

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By in Belgium,

Best of luck to all of you guys. Wish I could join you but my home town is a little off-route.

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