The Knights in White Lycra was formed in 2012 by a few British men needing to get fit and wanting to give back. The 60's hit ''Nights in White Satin'' sang at a karaoke session, gave a name to a bicycle ride they never thought they would repeat. In 2013, 10 riders cycled 330kms to Minamisoma in Tohoku, one of the devastated coastal towns, to raise ¥2.7 million for the Save Minamisoma Project, helping those in temporary accommodation after the tragedy.
Inspired by their experience, 20 cyclists rode 500kms in 2014 from Tokyo to another devastated coastal town, Minamisanriku, to raise ¥5.5 million for OGA for Aid to build a vegetable processing unit. The 2015 peloton grew to 26 cyclists which completed the same journey for ''Place to Grow'', raising ¥7.4 million to facilitate agricultural education for local children.
In 2016, KIWL partnered with Mirai no Mori NPO as 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, raised a record ¥14.5 million for newly chosen charity, YouMeWe NPO.
Due to the global pandemic, 2020 was a challenging year with many 'in-person' events being 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 ¥14.4 million.
Through not only the annual cycle ride, but via many other fringe sporting and social events, KIWL has raised ¥87.7 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 and confident young adults.
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
Rob is British and has ridden every 500km ride since 2013. He steers the KIWL ship and is very proud that it has helped improve the lives of marginalized kids.
From the UK, Andy is famous for cycling the length of Japan in 2020 and has been an ever-present at the KIWL 500 since 2015. He also organizes our Imperial Palace walk.
From the birthplace of the Beatles, Roger is a long-term resident of Japan and organizes our annual KIWL Go-Go run. He also takes part in the KIWL 500 bike ride.
From Malaysia, Miho has produced KIWL's annual videos in recent years. Not only a gifted videographer, she took up cycling to be a member of the KIWL 500 2019 team.
From the UK, Billy has been a great supporter of the KIWL 500 bike ride but also as organizer and host of our very successful annual golf day.
Our 2019 KIWL 500 ladies represent a diverse background of people who desire to see a greater number of women join them in future years. They are waiting for you!
From the UK, Nick is a KIWL Co-Founder and although he has not taken part in the 500km ride in recent years, hosts our extremely popular Pub Quiz
Paul hails from the UK and has been an ever-present in the KIWL 500 since the second ride in 2014. He is one of the group leaders, taking less experienced riders under his wing.
From Japan, Toru san is our most senior cyclist and is an inspiration to so many with his cycling strength and dedication to KIWL's cause.
An ever-present in the KIWL 500 since 2016, Ai-chan has saved many a man's blushes with her delicious energy-infused Brownies!
From New Zealand, Egon has done every KIWL 500km ride since 2015 and is our Route Master. That is how he gets away with this suit!
Mike is from the UK but has lived in Japan for many years. He runs the Half Fast Cycling Group and is relatively new to the KIWL family.