...I know lot's of people ride long distances for charity. So i thought one day i might do something along those lines. What is the best way to go about doing that?
Sometimes you just can't win. I too declined offers of sponsorship from friends and colleagues partially for the very same reasons as you i.e. a sense of obligation to the sponsors' expectations rather than one's own personal vagaries. Some folk needed a lot of work on my part for them accept that I didn't want sponsorship and that if they were determined to give money to charity, could do so direct to a charity of their choice. Some people were mildly remonstrative because I was wasting an opportunity to do something for charity. I've enjoyed my two E2E rides and my Channel; to the MEd ride all the more for knowing that it didn't matter one jots whether or not I finished.friedel said:As far as I've seen, the basic guideline is that all the money you raise should go to the charity and not to fund your ride. Then I guess it's just a question of picking a charity and canvassing people for support. Depending on the charity, you might be able to arrange to visit some of their projects en route.
The reason we didn't do our ride for charity is that we didn't want to be looped into definitely riding x distance. If we said we were going to bike around the world for a cause, then we'd feel like we were breaking the contract the first time we got on a train or changed our route or stayed in one spot for a long time.
It's something to think about before you ride for whatever cause -- can you follow through.