Ride for the 96 is an annual charity cyclo-sportive bike ride in memory of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough stadium disaster on 15th April 1989.
The ride is a 1 day event on the outskirts of Liverpool organised in conjunction with British Cycling.
The ride is open to anyone to enter, and 100% of entrance fees and sponsorship monies will go to charity.
For the 2013 ride, 50% of the funds raised will go to the Alder Hey Childrens hospital, 25% will go to Jamie Carraghers 23 Foundation to be allocated to youth projects and charitable causes on Merseyside, and 25% will go to the Steven Gerrard Foundation to be allocated to children’s charitable organisations and projects.
When and where does the ride take place?
The 2013 Ride for the 96 will take place on Sunday 28th April 2013, starting and finishing at Sutton Leisure Centre in St. Helens.
The welcome desk will be open from 8:30am with a start time of 10am for registered riders.
There are NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY – All registrations must be completed online by midnight Friday 26th April
What distance is the ride?
The 2013 Ride for the 96 covers 96 km.
An additional 96 mile route is being considered for future years.
Why did I start Ride for the 96?
As a lifelong Liverpool FC fan, I have always been deeply saddened by the events of that fateful day, deeply frustrated and angered by the subsequent lies and cover-ups, and deeply touched by the efforts of the bereaved families, survivors and others to fight for the truth to emerge and be widely accepted.
I wanted to do something as a tribute to the 96, and as a cyclist this seemed like an ideal way to mark my respect, and to raise money for worthy causes.
The first ever Ride for the 96 took place in April 2012, and finished at Anfield on Sunday 15th April 2012. I rode my bike from near Norwich, East Anglia to Liverpool, via the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. The total journey was 269 miles, and the ride was completed over 3 days.
I collected sponsorship (via The Community Foundation for Merseyside / The Jamie Caragher 23 Foundation) to raise money for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and other Merseyside based charities and initiatives.