Boeing Defence UK, LifeJacket Skin Protection and Top Aces have pledged their support for RAFA Rides as bronze sponsors.

Part of the leading global aerospace company Boeing, Boeing Defence UK provides the best value leading-edge platforms, technology, services and capabilities for the UK Ministry of Defence.

Steve Burnell, managing director of Boeing Defence UK, said: “Boeing’s partnership with the RAF spans the UK, from Lossiemouth to Odiham, where we witness the direct influence of the RAF Association and its invaluable services that uplift local communities and empower individuals, including our esteemed veterans and Forces families.

“We take immense pride in our RAFA Rides team members who are embarking on this personal and physical endeavour once more, aiming to raise funds for the essential services that the charity offers to those who require it the most.”

LifeJacket Skin Protection produces a range of high-performance skincare and UPF 50+ technical wear and works extensively to provide people with the knowledge, tools and products to better protect themselves from skin cancer.

Jono Sumner, Co-Founder of LifeJacket Skin Protection, said: “We at LifeJacket are so pleased to be involved with RAFA Rides 2024. It is a fantastic occasion that enables thousands of cyclists of all standards to be involved in a unique event whilst highlighting the work of the RAF Association and the incredible work they do. LifeJacket is pleased to have supplied skin protection to every single rider that will keep them and their skin safe whilst out in the saddle.”

Top Aces provides advanced adversary air and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) training to the world’s leading armed forces.

David Bradshaw, Director of Business Development – Europe at Top Aces Inc, said: “As a long-time member of the RAF Association, a new member of the RAF veteran community and proud Top Aces team member, I am thrilled to participate in RAFA Rides 2024! With a due sense of trepidation and aversion to Lycra, I am excited at the prospect of riding the roads and peritracks of Rutland and Norfolk with friends new and old while supporting a great cause close to my own heart.”

Cate Driscoll, Head of Partnerships & Events at the RAF Association, said “We are delighted to have the support of Boeing Defence UK, LifeJacket Skin Protection and Top Aces for RAFA Rides 2024. Through RAFA Rides we can create a dedicated global community of cyclists with a shared ambition – to support serving RAF personnel, veterans and their families.

“From the beginning, RAFA Rides has been the highlight of the military cycling events calendar, uniting Air Forces communities all over the world. Boeing Defence UK, LifeJacket Skin Protection and Top Aces play a key role in helping us continue to grow that community and make RAFA Rides 2024 the biggest and best yet.”

RAFA Rides 2024 is set to be the biggest yet, with more ways to participate than ever before. Not only is the event returning to Kendrew Barracks, but cyclists also have the unique option to join rides at two of the RAF’s most prolific stations, RAF Brize Norton and RAF Marham.

Cyclists can also take part from wherever they are in the world by signing up for RAFA Rides Your Way or the global Zwift event.

The RAFA Rides season starts at RAF Marham on Sunday 2 June, followed by RAF Brize Norton on 8 June and the Kendrew Barracks event and global Zwift ride on Saturday 15 June.

Find out more about RAFA Rides 2024 and sign up here.

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RAFA Rides 2024

RAFA Rides connects RAF personnel and supporters from around the world, with one ambition: to support the RAF community.