The Tour de Force

The Tour de Force cycling event, that offers the opportunity for riders to tackle anything from 2 to all 21 stages of the Tour de France each year, is the Trust's biggest fundraising event. 2016 promises to be our biggest year yet - 20 years since Will died and 10 years since the inaugural Tour de Force. Sales open for 2016 on 11th November 2015. If you would like to take part, please register your interest and find out more on the TDF website or contact the team at [email protected].

Tour de Force 2015

Tour de Force 2015

The Tour de Force 2015 saw us with our biggest field of riders to date: 168 cyclists took to the road under bright blue skies and in scorching temperatures to take on the challenge.

Tour de Force 2014

Tour de Force 2014

In 2014, Will’s brother Monty tackled the entire Tour de France route – all 21 stages – while fundraising for the William Wates Memorial Trust. Monty has reported on his epic experience here.

Tour de Force 2013

Tour de Force 2013

After our very first public Tour de Force 2012, the event has gathered momentum and was inundated with applications for 2013. The Lifer places (to ride the entire route) sold out in just 20 minutes, with the Tour Tasters in the Alps and Corsica selling out within the first hour and the entire tour sold out by Christmas.

Tour de Force 2012

Tour de Force 2012

Thanks to all the riders and their supporters we raised £300,000. See our Facebook page to see how all of your hard work is benefitting the most disadvantaged children live better & safer lives. If you liked the sound of following the Tour de France route and raising money for WWMT visit the website.

Sportive 2011

Sportive 2011

2011 saw our first Sportive. Over 150 riders joined us aged between about 5 years old to a heroic 79 (80 in a month) on the 30 miler. Everyone played his or her part and all riders completed what they turned up to achieve.

Tour de Force 2010

Tour de Force 2010

What is it about the Tour de Force that makes it so special? We have pondered this on many occasions and, of course, it is not one single factor but a combination of many.

Golf 2005-2014

Golf 2005-2014

In the last six years we have had one cancellation through weather and five glorious days! Not bad for late September.

Tour de Force 2006

Tour de Force 2006

The Tour de Force was the biggest fund raising event that the Trust had ever undertaken. The idea for the event was conceived in early 2005 and in June 2006 almost 100 riders tackled one or more stages of the world’s most fearsome cycle race, Le Tour de France.

Craven Cottage 2002

Craven Cottage 2002

Premiership football scouts were out in force at Craven Cottage to witness the William Wates Memorial Trophy on 7th September. This annual tournament has been gathering a reputation for unearthing some interesting raw talent…

Stamford Bridge 2001

Stamford Bridge 2001

The football day was created because Jonny and Rick Wates wanted to celebrate Will’s life and raise some money for WWMT while doing it.

Football for Will Wates, 2000

Football for Will Wates, 2000

On a beautiful Sunday in early April, ten teams of six players got together on the Astroturf football pitches of Battersea Park to wrestle for the honour of top dog in South London, in the memory of Will Wates.

Will Wates Golf Day, 2004

Will Wates Golf Day, 2004

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Bi-annual Ryder Cup another full house of 70+ golfers set out to capitalise on the long months of training since their 2003 efforts.

Will Wates Golf Day, 2003

Will Wates Golf Day, 2003

The late American entertainer Bob Hope once said: “I’ll shoot my age if I have to live to be 105.”

Will Wates Golf Day, 2002

Will Wates Golf Day, 2002

On Friday September 27th, 70 golfers converged on the Cottesmore Golf and Country Club in Crawley, Sussex for the 5th Annual William Wates Memorial Golf Day.

New York Marathon, 2004

New York Marathon, 2004

Jennie Stone, Ted Jackson and Jonny Wates all completed the 26.2 mile course and in so doing secured pledges to the William Wates memorial trust of over £30,000.

Bush Hall

Bush Hall

Bush Hall? Sounds like something the BBC owns. On further investigation I find it is a venue that bands like REM and Coldplay have chosen to play private gigs in.