Feeling rather lost after finishing the 2000km Morocco Bike Adventure bikepacking race, I was looking for my next cycling challenge. On a visit with my training partner, she gave me the awful news that she had been diagnosed with the early stages of a particularly nasty form of breast cancer. That evening I got the email from Herne Hill Velodrome that they were looking for volunteers to complete the Rapha festive 500 in one go for charity. So, my Rapha Festive 500 challenge was born.

The Rapha Festive 500 is an annual cycling challenge to ride 500km between Christmas and New Year.

The HHV F500 Challenge sees 10 riders riding on the iconic Herne Hill Velodrome starting on the afternoon 27th of December riding through the night to complete 500km finishing sometime on the 28th.

I will be raising money for two charities, the Pink Ribbon Foundation, an umbrella charity supporting breast cancer charities, projects and research and the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome which, of course, supports the iconic cycling venue but also supports cycle sport development in the community.



£831.25 raised of £500.00 target by 25 supporters

£730.00 donated and £101.25 in GiftAid


166 %


From 1st December 2021. Until 20th January 2022.


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Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome from Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome

The Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome (FHHV) is an inclusive club and welcomes people of all ages and ability. We are based at the historic, outdoor velodrome in Herne Hill. Our primary purpose is to support the Herne Hill Velodrome through raising and providing funds , organising social events and volunteering. We have over 400 members.

As you would expect the focus is track cycling but there is also is also plenty of participation on and off road. In the coming months we plan to introduce group rides.

We have a thriving social scene with plenty of opportunities to meet and hang out at Jan’s Café in the Herne Hill Velodrome Pavilion after sessions and at other events throughout the year. Everyone is welcome.


For further information visit the twitter feed.

  • Sun, June 26 2022, 7:41 PM : ⁦@JasmijnMuller1⁩ throwing the club Strava stats! ⁦@kingstonwheeler⁩
  • Sun, June 19 2022, 5:22 PM : @Auntiekay28 You go girl! Wear what you want! I have never had anyone question what I wear on the bike but then I am a large MAMIL so suspect people are too scared to.
  • Thu, June 2 2022, 5:56 PM : RT @ukgaragefan: On Sunday, my 7 year old son cycled over 10 miles. Today my perfectly fit and able neighbour drove 500 meters to the co-…
  • Thu, January 27 2022, 1:08 PM : Ambushed by a Chicken Parmo