Prudential Ride 100, what happen if i can't raise a minimum of £500.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by kiwifruit, 20 Apr 2017.

  1. kiwifruit

    kiwifruit Well-Known Member

    Has anyone done a charity ride and has not raise the minimum amount needed. The reason I asked is what will happen if I can't raise that amount or more, would I lose my place? This is my first ever event.
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Why not ask the charity you've committed to? Maybe you need to make up the shortfall?
  3. OP

    kiwifruit Well-Known Member

    Is this what usually happens making up the shortfall? I know I still got just over 3 months to raise the amount, hopefully I will succeed.
  4. AndyRM

    AndyRM Guru

    Whitley Bay
    Raise as much as you can. Nothing will happen if you don't hit the target you've been set.
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  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I don't know. Have you read the terms of your participation?
    If it were me riding for a charity, I'd make up the shortfall out of my own pocket.
    I wouldn't expect my participation and enjoyment of my hobby to be subsidised. Hence I don't cycle in the name of charity.
    Is raising money for the charity your primary reason for doing the ride or because you want to ride your bike on closed roads etc? If the former, then maybe making up the shortfall is the thing to do.

    Others may differ in what they might do
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  6. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    I don't much like having to pay to ride my bike, so I avoid doing so as much as possible. What could they possibly do to you, once you've done the ride and gone home? They could seize your bike, I suppose, but what good would it do them.
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  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Isn't it others who are paying for her/him to ride their bike though? Those sponsoring and potentially even the charity if not meeting the promised amount
  8. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    No idea, but money is definitely changing hands isn't it.
  9. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Senior Member

    You won't get asked to have raised and banked the money before the ride, but you have effectively pledged to raise the funds and hand them over (or have them on your online giving page etc) by whatever deadline the charity set you - usually around 4-6 weeks I guess. You will get enthusiastic reminders by email in the weeks after the event, including a reminder of what your pledge target actually was. These might get increasingly urgent or pressing, but quite what happens if you don't reach the target, I don't know - I guess it's down to how close you do get to the target, if indeed there's any action they can take at all. How formal a contract your pledge to the charity is, I couldn't say but given that most charities are pretty professional organisations these days, I'd be surprised if it's not in the small print somewhere.

    That said, I think their first appeal will be to your enthusiasm and their second to your conscience.
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  10. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Is this prudential 100 a closed road event? If you can turn up to a sportive without paying and set off anonymously in a bunch, or join up just after the start on the open roads anyway, why not just donate your proceeds to date directly to the charity.

    Lots of these events are becoming for profit. even if it's not the event itself, sponsors, organisers, managers etc are making a killing. Obviously, don't be using the feed and water stations, take your own provisions. I get that people want to enjoy the atmosphere, but what's stopping you just doing the 100 mile ride any day of the week and giving your bit to charity that way?

    Edit; Ok, google says it's a closed road event, this is a bit different to an open road event. The morality is a bit of a grey area, still slightly dubious that you have to pay an entry for this sort of thing given that it's for charity, someone's raking it in.
    Last edited: 20 Apr 2017
  11. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Dunno about the Pru 100, but a friend has challenged me to do next year's "Ride the Night", so I looked it up.

    It's £45 to get in, and you have to raise £200 for the charity. If you don't raise the £200, you lose both your entry fee and your slot on the ride.
  12. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    I have failed to raise the funds for a charity event before, I was hounded by them for seven or eight months until I'd paid off the debt. I was young and very hard up, it was humiliating and put me off fundraising for twenty years.

    Hopefully they're not like that nowadays :smile:
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  13. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Not much. The events are "run by" a separate company normally. They want their cut of the money.
  14. CanucksTraveller

    CanucksTraveller Macho Business Donkey Wrestler

    Hitchin, Herts
    What a set of cynical b*ggers some of you are. Way to kill the buzz of doing something good.

    Some profit may or may not be made by some involved companies and / or sponsors. Who knows.

    My wife's doing Ride the Night next month in memory of her mate who died recently from cancer in her early 40s. My wife never even rode a bike before last October, and now she's now doing 30+ mile rides regularly and building up to the 60. She's raising money for Women v Cancer UK and I'm in awe of her.
    Tell her she's merely lining the pockets of big industry if you like:

    OP: I doubt the charity will chase you OR stop you riding. I've never seen the latter done. You have lots and lots of time yet anyway. Do your best for now, and look forward to the ride.
    Last edited: 20 Apr 2017
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  15. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    @kiwifruit - which charity are you riding / fundraising on behalf of? And did you pay a fee to get a charity place?

    ETA: Interestingly, after reviewing the event web pages for 10 or so charities, not one of them mentions any punitive measure if you fail to raise the pledged minimum. Lots of encouragement and support to do so, but nothing that says "this" will happen. Perhaps they just don't offer you a place in future if you don't come up with the goods.
    Last edited: 21 Apr 2017
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