Special edition newsletter: With one month until the start of the Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour, we present the teams, opening cities and plenty of opportunities for grassroots sport organisations and cycling enthusiasts to join in!

Bike for Europe – one month to go!

Opportunities for cycling enthusiasts to be part of an international event

There’s only one month between now and the start line, where two teams of recreational cyclists will begin pedalling from opposite sides of Europe as part of the Bike for Europe tour – an official European Week of Sport and NowWeMOVE event – towards the centre of Europe.

The teams will depart from the Netherlands and Greece on 1 September and meet in Vienna at the opening of the European Week of Sport in Vienna on 22 September. All together they will pass through 11 countries and cycle almost 3000km raising awareness about social inclusion through physical activity and hope for a more united Europe.

But the tour is not just limited to the team – there are also plenty of opportunities for cycling promoters and everyday cyclists to get involved.

Read more below or visit the official website

Organise or take part in a side event – on or off the route

Bike for Europe is a perfect opportunity for NGOs and sports clubs interested in cycling-related activities to be part of a pan-European tour and the European Week of Sport. 

You can join in Bike for Europe on and off the tour route throughout September by connecting your existing cycling events with our #BeActive event or by taking part in the activities already planned. You can see the full list of events and cities here. Follow the Facebook event for more updates throughout the tour.

Register a side event here or contact tour coordinator Laura Maria Tiidla for more information. Download the Action Guide for tips and inspiration here.

Your cycled kilometres can help buy bikes for people in need

The Bike for Europe Donate Your Kilometres campaign is under way and over 5000 recreational cyclists from 72 countries are already two-thirds of the way to reaching the goal of 3 million kilometres. In addition to supporting Bike for Europe and raising awareness of the physical and social benefits of cycling, the contributed kilometres will go towards buying 100 bicycles for NGOs working with refugees and others in need. Over 2 million kilometres are tallied on the collective score board – only 1 million to go! 

Pedal power is all you need to donate to a good cause. Whether cycling is part of your everyday routine, an active holiday or a day-trip at the weekend, every kilometre counts!

Donate your kilometres here

Where can you catch the start of the Bike for Europe tour?

The departure points for the two teams are at the opposite ends of Europe, but even though they are over 2,000km apart, they have vastly different histories, different cultures and different climates. The Drenthe region in the Netherlands and Thessaloniki in Greece are both perfect starting points for the tour for different reasons.

Read the full story

Meet the Bike for Europe North and South Teams

We're excited to announce the two teams that will embark on this year's NowWeBike journey. Find out more about the ten recreational cyclists from different countries and walks of life who are getting ready to Bike for Europe this September. If you're located along the route, get ready to meet them in your town!

Meet the Bike for Europe teams

Download your essential Bike for Europe promotional tools

Want to promote your Bike for Europe event and looking for the tools, templates and visuals to help you on your way? Get a head start on the Bike for Europe website and please don't hesitate to contact us if you can't find what you're looking for.

Bike for Europe resources

Czech and Serbian events highlight culture and history

Flagship and side events in the Czech Republic and Serbia are now taking shape. As well as promoting the Bike for Europe messages of social inclusion and a more united future for Europe, they are also highlighting important historical milestones and cultural sites.

More about the Czech and Serbian events
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