RAFA Rides:
The RAF Association’s global cycling event

Saturday 15 June 2024

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RAFA Rides connects RAF personnel and supporters from around the world, with one ambition: to support the RAF community.

RAFA Rides connects RAF personnel and supporters from around the world, with one ambition: to support the RAF community.

RAFA Rides is the incredible global cycling event you don’t want to miss! Take on the challenge alongside hundreds of riders in Leicestershire or join wherever you are in the world with RAFA Rides Your Way.

“The event is accessible to anyone, be it your first sportive or as a seasoned rider chasing a 100-mile PB. Best of all, you are helping RAFA to support all RAF personnel in their times of need.”
Ian Howkins-Griffiths

In 2022 RAFA Rides had:

In 2022 RAFA Rides had:









RAFA Rides: are you up to the challenge?

RAFA Rides is a chance for you to challenge yourself, create unique memories and make friends for life, all while showing your support for the RAF community. It’s suitable for both keen cyclists and amateur riders wherever you are in the world.

  • RAFA Rides in Leicestershire offers a choice of four distances from 25 to 100 miles with elevation ranges of 1,000 to 6,000ft. Sign up as an individual rider or as part of a team and join us on Saturday 15 June 2024.
  • RAFA Rides Your Way is the opportunity to join us from wherever you are in the world. Whether you take to the road on two wheels or an exercise bike with no wheels, whether you’re in the UK or another time zone, you can support the RAF Association however you want over a distance of your choice on 15 June 2024.

What makes RAFA Rides so special?

The event in 2023 was an incredible success with cyclists joining us from countries around the world. This year, we’re going even further when, for the first time ever, international Air Force charities across the globe will come together to host simultaneous cycling events across different time zones on 15 June 2024.

Sign up today and help us make history!

Why join us for RAFA Rides 2024?

By taking part in RAFA Rides you will be supporting the work of the RAF Association. For over 90 years we have provided much-needed help and support to millions in the RAF community and we are working tirelessly to help them feel connected to the RAF and equip them with the tools they need to live dignified, fulfilled and independent lives.

There are many reasons to join RAFA Rides. For Warrant Officer Stevie Joy, signing up for RAFA Rides 2022 was a way of taking control during a dark time. Taking part boosted his mental wellbeing and helped him deal with the death of his father, a proud member of the RAF Association who died in 2020 after contracting COVID-19.

A RAFA Rides participant on his bike and smiling.

“It was fantastic to be part of a global field of participants encouraging each other as they rode for the RAF Association.”
Wing Commander John Gorman

Two RAFA Rides participants on a tandem bike


You don’t need to take part on two wheels to make a difference, you can show your support for the RAF community by helping us at the event.

Two RAFA Rides participants riding their bikes and smiling.


Find out more about our previous events from those who have tackled the routes themselves.