Gary Waterfall finishing RAFA Rides

Cyclists in the region are being encouraged to sign up for RAFA Rides, a global cycling event that is raising money for the Royal Air Forces Association.

RAFA Rides 2022, made possible thanks to generous ongoing support from security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin UK, was created so people across the world could join together both in person and virtually, in support of the RAF community.

The in-person ride will take place in Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire on Saturday 11 June. With four distances ranging from 25 to 100 miles to choose from, there is something for everyone from beginner to the more experienced cycling fan.

The 2021 event saw 810 riders join together from around the world to take part. This included 250 who cycled routes around the beautiful Leicestershire and Rutland countryside, with the rest joining virtually from 20 countries across six continents, all united in cycling for a cause close to their hearts. Teams and individuals took part in North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, New Zealand, as well as across the UK and Europe.

Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall, RAF Association ambassador and RAFA Rides founder, said: “RAFA Rides 2021 surpassed all our expectations. In just four years, this annual ride has become a real highlight in the cycling calendar. As the last miles were ridden, we were already thinking about the next year’s ride and it is going to be bigger and better. I urge everyone with a bike to sign up.”

Amy Petterson, Head of Community Fundraising at the RAF Association, added: “The support for RAFA Rides is incredible, as is the atmosphere of (mostly) friendly competition! Many riders enjoyed the sense of all riding together for a great cause, even if they were cycling alone out on the roads or in their home.”

Friendship and maintaining connections are key elements in much of the welfare delivered by the RAF Association and RAFA Rides shares these values. You can be part of RAFA Rides 2022, show your support for those who have served, those who are serving and their families, and have some bicycle-related fun at the same time!

Visit rafa.org.uk/rafarides to start your journey.

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