Alex Willan & William Rudd - Cross America by Bicycle

We are using this epic cycle to try to raise £20,000 for Research Autism, £4 for every kilometre that we cycle.


From April to July this year, we are cycling across the USA to raise £20,000 for Research Autism. Our route is from New York to San Francisco a distance of 5000km, the equivalent of London to Baghdad. The ride will take us through some of Americas greatest cities, across the Utah ‘badlands’, and over the Rocky Mountains. We will face temperatures ranging from freezing to over 30 Celsius, and have to cycle from sea level to above 11000ft: this will be an EPIC. 

Follow our progress:

We met during our first year at secondary school and found that we shared many common interests in sport, outdoor activities and travel. We are both going on to study geography at university later this year. Will has lived all his life in Kenya, and spent much of that time outdoors, and is now a certified safari guide and sailing instructor. Alex grew up and still lives near London and has recently become a BASI ski instructor. We wanted to raise money and awareness for autism by doing something different and challenging before university, and cycling across America certainly fills both of those roles.

We would be so grateful if you would consider donating even a small amount. With luck we hope that someday Jamie will be able to thank you personally. 


Thank you,

William Rudd and Alex Willan

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Raising money for

Research Autism

Research Autism

Charity Registration No. 1096508

The charity conducts scientific research into health, educational, psychological and social interventions across the autistic spectrum that will make a significant difference to the lives of the people affected by these conditions. It has surveyed the membership of the National Autistic Society and established priorities from people with autism and their families.

Raising money for

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Charity Registration No. 1096508

Donations 157

Some generous contributions from people at St Aidans College, Durham.

Donation by William Rudd on 12/12/10


sorry its so so late but well done!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Donation by Camilla Ralph on 26/10/10

Donation by Todd Fairfoul on 24/09/10


Better late than never! Well done for your big achievement

Donation by Daphne Dale on 01/09/10

well done for such a great effort-this brings up to a nice round sum left to raise-looking forward to seeing you soon love swifts xx

Donation by susan swift on 01/09/10


+ £108.00 Gift Aid

Well done Alex, a fantastic achievement. Come and visit us in Scotland. Best wishes from your cousin Robert, Helen, Hannah, Natalie and Oliver.

Donation by Helen Gray on 19/08/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Congratulations Alex on completing your cycle and for raising such a grand sum of money for such a worthy cause. From Ian, Sue, James and Ben Willan.

Donation by Ian Willan on 19/08/10


+ £19.74 Gift Aid

We are training to cycle to Paris next month so are very impressed that you have just crossed America. Fantastic - Sarah. Nick, Tim and Henry

Donation by Nick Gibbons on 01/08/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Well done Will, just needed to push you past the £18500 barrier even though you slacked off at the end there!!!

Donation by Robert Brown on 30/07/10


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Well done Will, we look forward to hearing all the stories! Do contact us when you are next in London

Donation by Isabelle & François de Hennin & team on 23/07/10

Donation by Robbie MacInnes on 22/07/10

Fantastic achievement well done!

Donation by Jill Noyes on 21/07/10


+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Congratulations!!! Sounds like an amazing feat. Sorry I can't give more but I am a very poor student.

Donation by Freddie Dawes on 17/07/10


Hey William - tremendous effort! Can't wait to see you in Kilifi to hear the stories first hand... lol

Donation by Kate Nokes on 16/07/10

great stuff guys - top effort

Donation by Will Ross on 16/07/10

Well done on an extraordinary journey. Hope to see you soon,

Donation by Ben Heininger & family on 16/07/10

Dear William and Alex, We really enjoyed seeing you on your way.What a fantastic achievement,you set an example for us all to follow. Well done!

Donation by The Grants on 13/07/10

Here's my $10 per state pledge (translated into £). Congratulations on your epic achievement and come back to the US soon!

Donation by Benedict Francis on 12/07/10


Congratulations on completing such a huge accomplishment.

Donation by Leslie Ellis on 12/07/10


Dear Will Many congratulations on your epic trip. In the end we raised over £900 by opening the gardens etc , half has gone to Llisa's primary school.

Donation by H M Williams-Ellis on 10/07/10


+ £127.39 Gift Aid

Guys - An absolutely incredible effort. Really well done.

Donation by Franck Brown on 04/07/10


Fantastic, boys - you're amazing. For Jamie, Johnny, Serena, Harry and all the others. The Rochford family

Donation by Deirdre Shields on 02/07/10


We really enjoyed your visit and hearing about the amazing bike trip. Thanks for coming to California!

Donation by Joan, Dave, Kevin and Steven Cannon on 30/06/10


From a work colleague of John's wishing you the best of luck on you fantastic challenge.

Donation by david taylor on 29/06/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

You geys, Bana!! Well done to you both for a phenomenal effort. Fantastic!! Bxxx

Donation by Bettina Zagoritis on 29/06/10


+ £11.28 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£14,475.42
  • Offline donations£5,524.58
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£20,000.00
  • Gift Aid£1,953.36

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