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Knights in White Lycra 500km fundraising ride
Jun 9, 2022 - Jun 12, 2022
KIWL (Kights in White Lycra) has raised Y98.3 million for disadvantaged children in Japan, particularly those in institutional care due to abuse or neglect by parents, and many times by strangers. KIWL has chosen to continue its collaboration with “YouMeWe” NPO in 2022, who transform the hopes and dreams of these children by giving them IT and life skills and thus, bettering their prospects of becoming a more happy, successful adults with meaningful careers.
The Knights in White Lycra 500km fundraising ride runs from June 9 – 12.
“This is a 500km 4-day cycling tour through Japan (coast to coast), for male & female riders of all ages and nationalities. We only have 45 coveted places! The 2022 ride takes place June 9-12, subject to an acceptable COVID-19 status.”
“This event is not for beginners, each rider needs to be well-trained, and mentally and physically ready for the challenge. Each day is 100-150kms, some of it flat, some mountainous. Why do KIWL riders keep coming back? Because it is a significant personal achievement, they experience the emotion of meeting the kids for whom they are raising funds, and they ride through breathtaking scenery mostly on quiet country roads. And, get fit while making new cycling comrades!”
We split the Peloton into 5-6 smaller groups led by an experienced KIWL Veteran.
Day 2: Karuizawa-Hakuba
Day 3: Hakuba-Toyama
Day 4: Toyama-Kanazawa
Approx. 510kms over 4 days.
Is The KIWL 500 For You?
You don’t have to be an elite cyclist, it’s not a race. Less experienced cyclists can do it but they must commit to training hard in the months prior. It is not suitable for beginners. You need to achieve sufficient levels of fitness, and have an adequate road bike. It is a challenging endurance ride.
What Is Expected of a Participant?
The KIWL 500 is principally a fundraising event. Within the ¥150,000 trip costs, a ¥50,000 donation to KIWL’s chosen charity, YouMeWe NPO is accounted for. However, if you independently raise Y50,000 in donations from friends, family or colleagues before the ride, the entry fee is reduced to Y100,000. Alternatively, if you introduce corporate sponsors for our jersey, or organize a separate KIWL fundraising event, the entry fee is also discounted to ¥100,000.
Corporate sponsorships range from ¥150,000- 500,000 with logos placed on the jersey. Companies make the donation to YouMeWe ensuring that it directly benefits kids in care.