CLIMB-IT cycle challenge
Looking to achieve your next big cycling goal?
Challenge yourself to climb the height of one of the world's tallest peaks – Kilimanjaro, Mera Peak or K2 – whilst raising funds to bring life-changing water, sanitation and hygiene to the communities who call them home.
How it works
You can accumulate the metres of elevation over as many rides as you want this summer up until the end of September, climbing on roads, on trails, or even on an indoor bike.
Go solo, tackle it as a team, or use the challenge to add an extra layer of motivation to your weekend club rides.
Choose your cycle challenge
These mountains are spectacular, but life for communities nearby isn’t always easy – and climate change is making it even more difficult. Increased floods and droughts are ruining people’s supplies of clean water, destroying their livelihoods and making it harder to stay safe and healthy.
By fundraising for WaterAid, you can help us reach communities everywhere with clean, safe, reliable water – whatever the changing climate brings.
How we'll support you
Whichever mountain you’ve chosen to climb, we’re here to support you along the way. We’ll keep you motivated with regular advice and encouragement, as well as our top tips to help you fundraise and make a real difference.
It's completely up to you how often you cycle to complete your chosen elevation. However you decide to reach your elevation – whether across days, weeks, or the whole summer – just make sure you're being realistic for your level of fitness and stay safe!
We recommend you complete the challenge in as many rides as you like over the summer and by the end of September.
There are a few ways you could keep track of your challenge:
- We recommend that you use the Strava app to track your ride distances and to record your elevation. You can either link this to a smartwatch if you have one, or manually add an activity every time you cycle. If you use Strava, you can link this directly to your fundraising page, log your cycle distance and elevation and keep your sponsors up to date with your progress.
- Join our Strava CLIMB-IT club to log your climbs and see if you can beat the rest of Team CLIMB-IT to the top of the leaderboard! The club is also a great way to meet fellow CLIMB-IT participants.
- If you use an indoor bike and track your elevation goal through Peloton or another indoor bike or app such as Zwift, you can manually update your fundraising page to share your progress with your friends and family.
- Keep notes with a good old fashioned pen and paper! You can then update your fundraising page with comments letting your sponsors know where you’re at with your elevation challenge.
However you track your challenge, make sure to share your progress with your friends and family!
Join our Strava CLIMB-IT club to log your climbs and see if you can beat the rest of Team CLIMB-IT to the top of the leaderboard! The club is also a great way to meet fellow CLIMB-IT participants. You can also join the WaterAid Events Facebook group to meet members of Team WaterAid taking on this challenge or others.
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If you have any questions or would like advice on how to start fundraising, get in touch with our events team by emailing [email protected] – we'll be happy to help.