The organisers of a well-established Berkshire cycling event recently commissioned us to do a makeover of their existing Bikeathon website in good time for this year’s event in June. Having taken part in several cycling events myself (just a few!) this work was right up my street. Of course my own experience meant I could completely appreciate the more specific requirements of a major cycling event website and we were thrilled to be invited to tender.
The Wokingham Bikeathon wanted a responsive, contemporary, wonderfully visual and engaging new site, with clear and uncomplicated navigation and incorporating a slick registration function and mailshot facility. The website can be easily updated by the organisers as content becomes available. The Bikeathon this year takes place on 25th June, with an urgent delivery marker of the end of February 2017. So, with time very tight, it was important to engage all our project management and interpersonal skills to ensure thorough testing prior to a timely delivery. This site also allows the download of GPS route maps for printing or connecting to Garmin or other smart devices.
Wokingham Bikeathon is very much a local event run by local people, with 35 mile and 15 mile routes to cater for all ages; families, individuals and teams alike. The routes are well marshalled by volunteers and there are drink stops along the way. The event raises loads of money for a large number of local charities every year, including their own Berkshire children’s hospice, youth counselling services, home start, relate, help for the elderly and disabled in the community and many other worthwhile causes.
We will be entering the Wokingham Bikeathon ourselves as my wife has decided just recently ‘if you can’t beat them – join ‘em’; she’s not been on a bike in about 10 years and I’ve promised to be her support team on the day! With a new bike and training underway for the 35 mile route The Wokingham Bikeathon should make for a great weekend.
If you’d like to enter this event, go to…. www.wokinghambikeathon.co.uk. We’ll see you there!
Here’s a very useful site to visit (Cycling UK) when considering your first cycling event: http://www.cyclinguk.org/article/cycling-guide/how-to-prepare-for-your-first-charity-cycle-ride