We are a community of athletes who believe sport should be free from commercialisation and mollycoddling. We are part of a movement of people questioning what’s being sold to them. We take time out of our busy lives to help protect and restore areas of wilderness.
The Racing Collective is run on a not-for-profit basis by a few ad hoc racers. There is no-one in charge of the races, they are entirely self-organised meaning the members of the collective who race on the day are simultaneously competitors and administrators. If no one announces the results, there will be no results announcement... you get the gist.
The founding members of the collective met on the #ClimateKilometre ride from London to Paris for the UN climate talks in December 2015 (COP21). Inspired by Erlend Knudsen and Daniel Price of Pole to Paris, two climate scientists who ran and cycled to COP21 from the North and South Poles respectively, they made us realise the future is in our own hands.
To rewild ourselves through self-sufficiency
A hundred thousand years ago, our Stone Age ancestors were as "wild" as the animals they tracked and hunted for food and clothing. Life was intense, often desperate, but undeniably human.
21st-century man is fully domesticated. We eat processed and packaged meals, sleep in climate-controlled houses, and the closest most of us come to an authentic wilderness experience is watching a survival reality show on TV.
The Racing Collective is an attempt to rewild ourselves; a chance to get away from 'organised-fun' sportives and instead race in events that made us feel alive, free, and wild.
To create the UK's first crowd-funded national park Our collective supports ventures that protect and restore the wilderness. Our long-term goal is to create the UK's first crowd-funded national park. However in the meantime our members are encouraged to become members of Trees for Life and for those ultra-committed, join us on our annual conservation and race planning week.
"The fact that sustainability seems almost a non-issue in the cycling industry bewilders me, as the freedom we experience as cyclists is so closely intertwined with the environment we ride in" Lian van Leeuwen, photographer, #GreenUpCycling