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.
Gaining a revered status as the most eagerly anticipated charity cycling event in the music industry, the annual gathering proudly showcases the participation of over 120 influential figures from the industry’s past, such as Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn, Chris Liebing, Pan-Pot, Juliet Fox, Jamiee, and many others. DJ Rebekah, who took part in the ADE/Bridges for Music Cycle in 2019 and 2020, described it as an exhilarating yet challenging experience—a true test of fitness—all while raising funds for a remarkable cause.
Bridges For Music extend special gratitude to ADE and Pioneer DJ for making this cycle possible every year, as well as to all the teams who have joined them along the way, including Pioneer DJ, Awakenings, Armada, Resident Advisor, Beatport, Sonos, Defected, and others. The charity ride will continue to generate funds for the Bridges Music Academy in Langa Township, South Africa, and support young students living in underprivileged communities. Thanks to the £250,000 raised from the event alone, the Bridges Academy has already expanded its program and continues its mission to transform the lives of youth by providing over 200 students per year with free education through Bridges’ growing MUSIC MBA program, which combines creative entrepreneurship, mindfulness, and music.
As a tribute to Resident Advisor, who originally initiated the ADE cycle in 2014, this four-day route will commence on October 15th from Resident Advisor’s headquarters in Shoreditch. Throughout the ride, participants will encounter strategically placed pit stops, supported by vehicles, expert cycling guides, energy bars, electrolytes, and positive vibes along the way, culminating in crossing the finish line on October 18th, where they will be warmly welcomed by ADE.
The cycle event caters to cyclists of various skill levels and encourages novice riders to take part, regardless of their capabilities. Participants will be divided into groups based on fitness and cycling ability, with average speeds set at around 30 km/h, 26 km/h, and 22 km/h. Those who are unable to commit to the entire duration of the cycle can still join for half or one stage of the tour. No prior cycling experience is necessary to embark on this adventure, but it is recommended to follow an easily manageable and realistic training program for busy lives over 2-3 months. For those who do not own their own bikes, rental bikes can be arranged for £250.
Entrants will receive an ADE Pro Pass, three nights’ accommodation at four-star spa hotels, tour guides and support, luggage transportation, breakfast and dinner, energy snacks, an official ADE jersey, and the option to have their bike returned to London, all for an entry fee of £1,100, which can be paired with fundraising efforts, or £2,000 without fundraising. Sponsored entries are also available for companies interested in forming a team, with the team logo being featured on the special ADE rider’s kit.
In addition to the entry fee, participants are required to set up a fundraising page on the Bridges For Music team page, reach out to their networks to encourage donations, and collectively help achieve the £50,000 target. Repeat fundraising cyclists will receive a special discount code when signing up.
To sign up and secure your spot, visit www.adecycle.com
Book now as spaces are limited!
Bridges for Music – ADE Cycle runs from the 15th -18th October 2023.