Ripon Together - Ripon Cycles To The Moon

The Ripon Cycles To The Moon campaign was the first major project that I collaborated on with Ripon Together.

During a meeting in March 2019, it was decided that Ripon needed to do something to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings & mark the arrival of the UCI World Championships in September.

Following an extremely complex and lengthy discussion, it was decided that Ripon would combine the two events and attempt to walk cycle and wheel the distance to the moon and back by the start of the UCI World Championships.

So began a summer of unique events.


Additional Notes

My involvement with this project was 100% voluntary & each part I was involved in was completed 100% free of charge.

Simon Hewitt

Director - Ripon Together CIC

Launch Event

Launch Event

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Dobson & Group Captain Blythe Crawford, acting base commander of RAF Leeming formally launched the Ripon Cycles to the Moon initiative at an exclusive reception held at Ripon Cathedral.

Friday 28th June 2019
June - August 2019
Photography Exhibition

Photography Exhibition

One of the initiatives across the summer was to organise & host a cycling and Yorkshire themed photography exhibition in Ripon Cathedral to showcase the work of Ripon's local photographers.


The exhibition was a huge success with multiple prints sold and and hundreds of miles racked up on the in situ excercise bike.

Public Launch Event

Public Launch Event

The first of the public events was officially opened by serving mayor of Ripon, Eamon Parkin on Saturday 29th June 2019.


The event proved to be extremely popular with the Ripon community, with residents racking up countless miles on three Watt bikes.

Saturday 29th June 2019
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Schools Event & Stunt Show

Schools Event & Stunt Show

The summer of events cumulated with a large stunt show on Ripon Market Square, followed by an interschool competition where year 6 pupils battled it out on Watt bikes to secure bragging rights for their school.

(Faces blurred in interests of safeguarding)