About Us



Ride2Recovery was established in 2008 following a horrific unprovoked knife attack on Oliver Hemsley in London, which left him paralysed from the neck down. The original Ride2Recovery took place in 2009 with an epic 900km cycle from London to the French Alps with the original 24 cyclists raising an astonishing £120,000 for various spinal rehabilitation charities. Since then the team have conquered the Route des Grand Alps from Geneva to Nice (2012) and latterly a 50 strong team took on the the Raid Pyrenean - Barcelona to Biarritz (2015) raising in excess of an additional £250,000 for various charities
Oliver Hemsley

Why we started

At 20 years old Oli Hemsley was walking through London to a friend’s house when he became the victim of a senseless and unprovoked knife attack. Oliver suffered multiple stab wounds by a gang in the Shoreditch area of London. Whilst Oliver miraculously survived, he was left with a life changing injuries, having been paralysed from the neck down, wheelchair bound. Ride2Recovery was started originally as both a way to support Oli and selected spinal injury charities and also to find a positive focus after the event. Almost a decade on with the support of friends, family and charities Oli has bravely fought back.
Passo dello Stelvio

2018 CHALLENGE - Venice to Geneva

With some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world and some of the highest and steepest paved mountain passes in Europe, the Dolomites and Alps will pose the Ride2Recovery team some of the toughest days they will have had on a bike. The full route details are still to be confirmed but the famous climbs of the Passo dello Stevio, Passo del Mortirolo and the Passo di Gavia will all be on the list. Climbing in excess of 27,000 meters and over a 1000km journey, the 4th edition of Ride2Recovery promises to be the most challenging yet.
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