Rome to Rubicon is a sponsored cycle ride starting off in the historic city of Rome and finishing by crossing the Rubicon River approximately 250 miles away.

When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon at the head of his legions and marched on Rome, it marked a point of no return. The phrase "crossing the Rubicon" has since survived in reference to any group committing itself to a risky course of action.

On January 17th, 2010, despite government and large aid organisation's advice not to proceed, Team Rubicon members crossed the Artibonite River separating the Dominican Republic and Haiti, carrying crucial gear and medical supplies to the people of Port-au-Prince who had been affected by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake which had hit the country days earlier. Once across, they were irrevocably committed to their task. Hence our name, Team Rubicon.

This inaugural event was originally scheduled for September 2017, however due to launching our biggest ever operation in the Caribbean in response to Hurricane Irma, Rome to Rubicon was postponed to May 2018. Therefore, you have another opportunity to be part of Team Rubicon history and be in the first group to complete Rome to Rubicon Cycling challenge, raising vital funds for our work.

The gist

  • Dates: 12-17 May 2018
  • Overall Distance: Approx. 250 miles

Brief itinerary

  • Saturday 12 May: Fly to Rome
  • Sunday 13 May: Rome to Orte
  • Monday 14 May: Orte to Perugia
  • Tuesday 15 May: Perugia to Sansepolcro
  • Wednesday 16 May: Sansepolcro to the Rubicon River
  • Thursday 17 May: Fly back to the UK

Registration fee

Registration costs £495. You can pay in three different ways:

  1. Pay the entire £495 when you register

  2. Pay a deposit of £200 when you register and the remaining balance of £295 by the end of April 2017.

  3. Pay in 5 monthly instalments of £99 between January and May 2018.

What’s included

An amazing four days cycling led by two professional adventure leaders. Included in your registration fee is all transport throughout the challenge in Italy, accommodation, meals, and finally a full support crew to assist you throughout the challenge. Flights to and from the event are not included.

Sound like your kind of caper?

What equipment will I need?

We advise that you bring and use your own bike and helmet, as then you will be 100% comfortable. For the type of roads we will be riding on, a road bike with hybrid tyres is recommended. If however you would like to hire one, let us know and we can help you arrange this. To be as comfortable as possible on the trip, we advise you to wear cycling clothing.

How fit do I need to be?

You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to complete this challenge, however the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. On average we will be cycling between 50-70 miles per day over mountainous roads.

Sponsorship target: £2000

Don’t let this scare you - we are here to help! There are loads of things you can do to help raise this, from online sponsorship pages, hardcopy sponsorship forms to hosting an event such as a bake sale or an office Olympics. Let us know what you are doing and we can help you reach your goals.