Bikes Against Bombs is a series of charity bike rides created by Wholesale and Convenience sector professionals, for the industry. Co-founded in 2015 by Neil Turton (NED at Alliance Channel Islands), Tom Fender (Development Director – TWC) and Raj Krishan (Sales Director – Ty Nant Water), Bikes Against Bombs has so far raised over £1 million in support of MAG.
The rides, across Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the UK, and Bosnia and Herzegovina have helped to bring together key individuals from across the sector, helped to forge lifelong friendships and crucially, raised essential funds which have been used to save lives and build safer futures for communities ravaged by the effects of war.
The team has seen first-hand the instant impact that MAG’s work has and so straight off the heels of one of the toughest rides yet – the Thai-Laos Challenge 2023 – they are already making plans for the eighth overseas ride.
More information will be coming soon, but rest assured the team is full of energy and excitement, nerve and grit, and will be making their way across the world for another lifechanging adventure in 2024!
By sponsoring the team, you are directly helping to save lives and build futures around the world.
Why we cycle for MAG
Every day across the world 15 people are killed or injured by a landmine or unexploded bomb. Half of civilian casualties are children.
We believe that everyone has a right to live in safety and free from fear. MAG teams work in over 30 countries around the world to remove unexploded landmines and bombs from land and destroy them, making it safe for communities to grow food crops; build homes, schools, health clinics and carry out other infrastructure projects; and access water sources.
In 2023, the cycle challenge ended in Laos, which is the most heavily bombed county in the world per capita.
Two million tonnes of explosives were dropped on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions in the Vietnam War— a planeload of bombs were dropped every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Almost five decades after the war, these deadly unexploded bombs remain a persistent threat and daily reality for thousands of communities across Laos.
The harsh reality for people living across Laos is that they are forced to use land contaminated with explosives. People know that each time they plough or plant a harvest or simply let their children play outside they are risking death or injury from a hidden bomb.
Year after year they tread carefully, farm as small a patch as they can manage, and try to minimize the risks.
MAG has been working in Laos since 1994 and has teams of expert technicians working in Khammouane and Xieng Khouang provinces, searching out and destroying bombs in places where people live and work.
Our teams of dedicated, expert, locally recruited staff, remove and destroy these deadly unexploded bombs so that every paddy can produce rice, and every school yard can become a place of play without fear of deadly explosions and families can rebuild their lives and livelihoods free from fear.