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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.

Photo of KIWL members in pink jerseys

BCCJ Acumen

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.

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mirai no mori

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...

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In Japan TV

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...

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Tokyo Weekender

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...

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mirai no mori

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...

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In Japan TV

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...

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mirai no mori

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...

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BCCJ Acumen

June 1, 2015
Leaving the world a better place
My business career in Tokyo began in January 2000, in the wild days of the dot-com boom, just before the bubble burst in 2001. There followed the Enron scandal and the Andersen Consulting scandal...
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ACCJ Journal

July 1, 2015
Pedaling for life in Tohoku: 500 kilometers in 4 days
When the initial violent shaking of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake had subsided, my staff and I emerged from under our desks in Tokyo, donned our hard hats, got back to our computers...
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The Japan Times

April 13, 2013
Tokyo Brits gear up for three-day charity cycle ride to Fukushima
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BCCJ Acumen

March 1, 2013
Middle-aged Men in Lycra
Amateur cyclists to pedal 320km in aid of disaster-stricken survivors
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Rob Williams
Rob Williams
KIWL Chair & Co-Founder

Andrew Abbey
Andrew Abbey
Treasurer & lovable Palace Walk organiser

Roger Berman
Roger Berman
KIWL Go-Go Run organiser

William Ramsay
William Ramsay
KIWL Golf Day organiser & fearsome bearded Warrior

2019 Lady Knights
2019 Lady Knights

Nick Rees
Nick Rees
KIWL Quiz Host

Toru Akiyama
Toru Akiyama
KIWL's most senior rider, Our Honorary Knight!

Richard Thornley
Richard Thornley
Summer Party organiser

Egon Boettcher
Egon Boettcher
Cycle Route Master & Exhibitionist

Mike the Mechanic
Mike the Mechanic