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MAG Superheroes 2018 Page -Riding to make the world free of landmines

We are riding from London to Bristol and London to Amsterdam in 2018 for the 2nd year in a row in order to raise £20,000 for MAG International.  

We embarked upon these rides when I learned that 24 people are blown up by landmines daily and half of them are children and we want to assist in MAG’s aim to try to make the world landmine free by 2025, as this is cruel and capricious and blameless children deserve better to be able to walk without fear.

We will ride from London to Bristol on 21-22 July 2018 and London to Amsterdam on 11-13 September 2018.










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Why did we start this?

We started this campaign in 2017 and raised £12,500 because every day 24 people are maimed/killed by landmines DAILY.

It's true - every day 24 people have their lives changed forever and the tragedy is that mostly this affects children, who are just playing.

It is a cruel, capricious act of deliberately maiming/hurting/killing people and in Iraq, it is  becoming worse, with remote controls and fridge doors acting as booby traps in peoples' own homes when they return.

This is a charity whose aims are close to my heart and we have completed 2 events to raise money for this very worthy cause. (to make matters worse, in 2017, it was only 18 people per day and with worsening conditions in the  Middle East, now it is 24, so your help is needed now more than ever).

Video of encouragement from the MAG teams!

History of the events and motivation

Some years ago I read a book called “One Step Beyond” by Chris Moon and it really changed my life.

It was about a marathon runner called Chris Moon who had an interesting life before being blown up by a land mine and losing an arm and a leg.  After he recovered, he continued to run marathons including the fabled “Marathon des Sables” which crosses the Sahara Desert and is accurately described as the toughest footrace on earth.

I was really inspired by his story and grit and also by the horror and inequity of the tragedy that landmines have on so many children who are entirely innocent of the conflicts which they are involved in, that I decided to collect for a mine clearing organisation called MAG.  They work tirelessly all around the world to help the 60 million or so people in conflict zones living in fear of landmines with the solid intention of making the world landmine free by 2020.

Thank you for reading my story, now please help these victims, whose lives were irrevocably changed in an instant.

Letter of Congratulations from the King of Holland

Letter of Congratulations from Prince Harry










2018 MAG Superhero Challenge

Ride 1: 21-22 July 2018. London-Bristol.  131 miles (209km) COMPLETED

This was a superb ride from Central London to Bristol across tow paths and quiet road across beautiful countryside over a super-hot weekend.  

The weather was HOT, and the tow paths extremely dry and bumpy so this was a particularly challenging 2 day ride, since so much of the ride was not on smooth roads and this took its toll on our riders.

The first day of 103km (64 miles), we ended at a campsite near Newbury and enjoyed an relaxing evening of barbeque and beers courtesy of Jay and Chau in the support team.  This is a camping place which also supported our ride with subsidised pitch (Oakley Farm Caravan Park), where we camped overnight .  The next morning, we completed the lightly longer leg of 120km (75 miles) and upon arrival in Bristol, as per usual, Jon and Sarah from VMI Bristol put on a most excellent celebratory arriving party complete with BBQ, beers, bunting and formula 1 flags.

Special thanks to Chau, Ali and Jay for the support assistance and driving the van and keeping us well plied with refreshments, for Ellie for the sponsors' support and Adam for back office organising. 

We burnt over 7,500 calories and suffered no mechanicals and most had sore bums and legs, a healthy sun tan and big smiles.  Altogether, this was a really great event and we are already planning to do it again next year.


See day 1 route here.

See day 2 route here



2018 Ride Pictures                                                                                  2017 Ride Pictures


Click on the parade of images above or here to see the pictures from the 2018 ride



Day 1 North Acton - Newbury (Oakley Farm Campsite) 62 miles (100km)



Day 2. Newbury Campsite - VMI Bristol - 72.8m (116km)





Superhero riders who completed the London to Bristol Ride on 21/22 July 2018 were:

  1. Barry Bassett VMI
  2. Adam Rodgers, DP
  3. Ali Wilson, VMI
  4. Kyle Brackenfield 
  5. Guy Thatcher, Hireacamera

+ Jay Patel and Chau Chong (in support vehicle)


2018 MAG Superhero Challenge - We did it!
Ride 2: 11-12 September. London-Amsterdam.  154 miles (248km) 

This was a challenging ride from London to Amsterdam over 2 days 11-12 September which was us arrive in time for the IBC international TV symposium in Amsterdam.

The weather was great on day one and we made stunning progress.

We caught the overnight ferry and then rode through heavy rain on the second day to arrive in Amsterdam.

No mechanical problems and a small amount of road rash and celebratory Rijstafel at our favourite Amsterdam Indonesian Restaurant, Cafe Bojo.

Click on the link below and see our parade of images.




Tuesday 11 Sep Ride begins from London to Harwich (approx. 100 miles).

Board Ferry in Harwich on Tuesday night.

Overnight sleep on Harwich to Hook of Holland Ferry, arriving in Hook of Holland.

7am Wednesday 12 September, leave Hook of Holland departing for Amsterdam.

Wed 12 Sep – arrive Amsterdam.

Celebratory Meal of Rijstafel in Amsterdam.

Overnight stay in Vondel Hotel, Amsterdam.

Thu 13 Sep  - Departure.

Presently riding are:

  1. Barry Bassett, VMI
  2. Jay Odedra, DP
  3. Darren Cock, West Digital
  4. Ali Wilson, VMI
  5. Guy Thatcher, Hireacamera
  6. Stephen Baxter, CVP

+ Jay Patel and Chau Chong (in support vehicle)

Cyclists interested in taking part, please email Barry.  You will be expected to raise minimum £500 of fundraising.

Download Superhero London-Amsterdam Rider Pack

Full gallery from 2017 ride here or click on the image



Barry Bassett, MAG Superhero organiser and rider  07966 531182
Adam Shakinovski 07872 165960. MAG Superhero Rider

Corporate Sponsor Heroes to pledge £200

We embarked on this plan to raise money and all of the following companies have dug deep and all supported have pledged to support our in 2018 for at least £200.  We will require to complete the design by the 3rd July 2018, so you need to commit your support in order for your logos to be present on our 2018 shirts.

2018 Superhero Sponsors 



We sincerely thank all private and corporate sponsors, without who this ride would not be possible.  Your contributions will save lives and prevent children from being blown up.  

Please contact Barry or Adam if you wish to sponsor our ride.

Barry Bassett, MAG Superhero organiser and rider  07966 531182
Adam Shakinovski 07872 165960. MAG Superhero Rider


- Read the account and see the images 


 - Read the account and see the images 

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London to Bristol Ride Details 

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