The Knights in White Lycra was formed in 2012 by a few plump British men needing to get fit and wanting to give back. The hit 60's hit song ''Nights in White Satin'' gave a name to a bicycle ride they never thought they would repeat. In 2013, ten men cycled 330kms to Minamisoma to raise ¥2.7 million for the Save Minamisoma Project, helping those in temporary accommodation after the 3/11 tragedy.
Inspired by their experience, 20 cyclists rode 500kms from Tokyo to Minamisanriku to raise ¥5.5 million for OGA for Aid to build a vegetable processing unit in Tohoku. 26 cyclists completed the journey in 2015 for ''Place to Grow'', raising ¥7.4 million to facilitate agricultural education for local children.
In 2016, KIWL partnered with Mirai no Mori. 42 cyclists rode from Tokyo to an Iwate care home. KIWL raised ¥10 million, and the same ride in 2017 raised ¥14.4 million. The 37 cyclists of the 2018 KIWL 500, rode from Nikko to Ichinoseki to raise ¥12 million for Mirai no Mori in support of their Leader in Training program. KIWL also raised sufficient funds to help NPO Esperanza to bring Frame Football to Japan for the first time, realizing the footballing dreams of children with cerebral palsy. In 2019, 42 riders completed a grueling ride on a different route, which with fringe events, has raised an all-time record ¥14.5 million for our newly chosen charity, YouMeWe NPO.
2020 was of course a very challenging year for KIWL with many 'in-person' events having to be cancelled. However that was not before we received the pledges of many generous corporate sponsors and due to ongoing virtual events and solo efforts throughout the year, as well as Global Giving matching, we still raised Y14.4 million.
Through not only the flagship event of the annual cycle ride, but via many other fringe sporting and social events, KIWL has raised ¥81.4 million for disadvantaged children in Japan. We welcome people of any age and ability with the desire to 'get fit and give back' to join us in empowering fragile young children to become successful young adults who also contribute to their communities.
July 1, 2019
All I Wanna Do is… Bicycle! Queens and kings of the road
On 13 June, Lycra-clad men and women from many walks of life gathered to embark on the 2019 Knights in White Lycra (KIWL) four-day charity bike ride. Now in its seventh year, KIWL was formed in 2013.Read more
December 30, 2018
Thank you KIWL members! Interview with Rob Williams, Chair & Founder of the Knights in White Lycra
Rob Williams, founder of Knights in White Lycra, knows first-hand how fulfilling it can be to test one’s own boundaries. Since 2012, he has been challenging newcomers in his philanthropic cycling...Read more
July 14, 2018
Knights in White Lycra 2018 video
Business in Japan TV produced an exclusive video of Knights in White Lycra's annual charity ride, this year from Nikko to Ichinoseki. Thirty-seven cyclists covered 500km in four days to raise...Watch here
May 25, 2018
Knights in White Lycra: Staying Fit While Helping Children in Need
Some years back, a group of British friends were sitting in a pub in Japan, wondering what they could to do to stay healthy. They had two options: either give up beer altogether or embark on a...Read more
December 12, 2017
KIWL GO GO 55 CHARITY RUN
The Knights in White Lycra (KIWL) is a multi-national group of amateur male and female cyclists of all ages and abilities with the common goal of getting fit and giving back. On Saturday December...Watch here
July 3, 2017
Knights in White Lycra 2017: Ride for the Cause
Forty amateur cyclists left Tokyo on May 25, 2017 for Knights in White Lycra's annual fundraising ride. The goal was to pedal 550km and raise ¥7 million for Mirai no Mori, an NPO, to send 25...Watch here
July 7, 2016
Knights in White Lycra Charity Cycle Ride 2016
Knights in White Lycra (KIWL), a Tokyo-based charity cycling team of male and female expatriates and Japanese, embarked on a gruelling 520km cycle ride from Tokyo to Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture...Watch here