Over 850 cyclists from across the property industry will today take to the Surrey hills for the 2016 CBRE World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride. Now in its third year, the event covers a 25, 50 or ‘epic’ 100km route for all levels of expertise, and is set to raise £40,000 for Shelter, CBRE’s UK charity partner.

For the second year running, proceeds from the event will go towards Shelter, which will help more than 2,500 families this year around the country.

Kicking off at Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking, Surrey, all routes head for the iconic zig-zags of the Olympic road course which winds its way up Boxhill. This year, there is also the additional fun ride route, open to everyone aged eight and over and offering the opportunity for young riders to take on a short off-road challenge. Refreshments and massages await all riders at the end of the routes.

Campbell Robb, Shelter's chief executive, said: “I’m delighted that so many people have dedicated their time and peddle-power to take part in this bike ride. I would like to thank CBRE for partnering with us for a second year and helping us raise vital funds to help families battling to keep a roof over their heads.

“For fifty years at Shelter, we’ve been fighting bad housing and homelessness but we’ve still got a long way to go. Every penny raised by this event will help us continue our work to make sure we all have a place to call home.”

In February 2015, CBRE announced a new partnership with national housing and homelessness charity, Shelter, as part of its ‘building a better future’ responsible business plan. CBRE has committed to raise £500,000 for Shelter over the course of its partnership through employees and corporate donations – the first time the business has appointed a specific UK-wide charity partner. In May 2016, CBRE won the Better Society Awards for its staff fundraising efforts for Shelter.

Ciaran Bird, UK Managing Director, CBRE UK
It is fantastic to see so many cyclists across the industry taking part in this year’s challenge. This ride will be no mean feat and crucially it will raise much needed funds for Shelter.  Here’s hoping alarms are set to make it to the polling station before hitting the start line!
Ciaran Bird, UK Managing Director, CBRE UK