Returning for their 7th ADE charity cycle after the widely acclaimed event last year, non-profit organisation and record label Bridges For Music prepare for their annual 550 KM cycle ride kicking off 15th October, 2023.
Embellishing a cult status as the most highly anticipated charity cycle in the music industry, the yearly event boasts over 120 past industry heavyweight participants like Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn, Chris Liebing, Pan-Pot, Juliet Fox, Jamiee, and more. DJ Rebekah, who joined the cycle in 2019 and 2020, said that “Joining the ADE/Bridges for Music Cyle was one of the most exhilarating yet challenging experiences, a true test of fitness. All whilst raising money for an awesome cause.”
Special thanks to ADE and Pioneer DJ for making this cycle possible each year, and to all the teams who have signed up along the way including Pioneer DJ, Awakenings, Armada, Resident Advisor, Beatport, Sonos, Defected, and others. The charity ride will continue to raise money for the Bridges music academy in Langa Township in South Africa and for young students living in under-resourced communities. The £250,000 raised from the event alone has already enabled the Bridges Academy to expand its program and continue its mission to change the lives of youth by ensuring that over 200 students a year receive a free education through Bridges’ growing MUSIC MBA program that combines creative entrepreneurship, mindfulness and music.
In homage to Resident Advisor who originally kick started the ADE cycle back in 2014, this four-day route will depart on the 15th October from Resident Advisor’s HQ in Shoreditch. Throughout the ride there will be various strategic pit spots, bolstered by support vehicles, expert cycle guides, energy bars, electrolytes and good vibes along the way before crossing the finish line on 18th October and welcomed by ADE.
The cycle is catered toward cyclists with a diverse array of experience and encourages novice riders to participate regardless of capability. Divided into groups of fitness and ability to cycle at around 30km/h avg, 26km/h avg, and 22 km/h avg, – Those who are unable to commit to the full duration of the cycle are welcome to join half or one stage of the cycle tour. No prior cycling experience is needed to complete this adventure, but an easy to follow and realistic training program for busy lives 2-3 months is recommended and for those who don’t own their own bike a rental bike can also be arranged for £250.
Those interested in entering will receive an ADE Pro pass, three nights accommodation in four star spa hotels, tour guides and support, luggage transport, breakfast and dinner, energy snacks,, an official ADE jersey and your bike returned to London for a £1,100 entry fee paired with fundraising or a £2,000 entry fee without fundraising. Sponsored entries are also available for companies who wish to enlist a team and your team logo will appear on the special ADE riders kit.
In addition to the fee, entry requirements include setting up a fundraising page on the Bridges For Music team page, reaching out to networks to encourage donations, and collectively assisting in reaching the 50K target.
Bridges for Music – ADE Cycle runs from the 15th – 18th October 2023.