The Annual Caterham Cycle Challenge

Couch to 660k Inspired by The Gibb Challenge Australia

A cycle scheme where students are offered the opportunity to gain a cycle mechanic qualification is part of the curriculum here at Sunnydown. 

To launch our local scheme, we had big plans. The original intention was to take a small group of students and staff to Australia and participate in The Gibb Challenge (

This event involves cycling as a soloist or as part of a team 660km over 5 days across the remote Kimberly region of Western Australia along the Gibb River Road. It raises money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) and is a mountain biking event like no other. Although most of the proceeds go to the RFDS, some money does go towards your own chosen charity or organisation, which of course would have been our own cycle scheme. 

Covid however, put paid to our plans! 

Not to be deterred, we held our own (socially distanced and Covid Secure) Caterham Cycle Challenge, inspired by The Gibb Challenge.

We cycled the 660km (on bikes many have renovated and fixed) using Kenley Aerodrome as the main circuit. Our event synchronised with the Australian event, and as such took place from Friday 14th May to Friday 21st May 2021. 

Our intention is for this to become an annual event and we still have the desire to take students to The Gibb Challenge in years to come. 

This year, we set ourselves a target to raise approximately £17,000 and donate this money to primary schools with CR3 postcodes to support their families who are eligible for Free School Meals to purchase school shoes in September 2021. We are delighted to report that we achieved this with grateful support from local businesses.

By participating in this fundraising effort our young men are able to experience the sense of contribution to our local community, a sense of belonging and pride, and an understanding that, together, we can achieve great things that benefit many other people. 

If you would like more information; are personally interested in supporting this event in future years or know of businesses who may wish to do so, please do not hesitate in contacting the school.