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Race to Rugby World Cup™

Ron Rutland and James Owens are embarking on a remarkable quest: cycling 20,093 km across Europe and Asia – from London to Tokyo – and arriving just in time for Rugby World Cup 2019™. This extreme expedition will take them through 27 countries over 231 days.

Why are they doing it? To raise money and awareness for ChildFund Pass It Back, the official charity of Rugby World Cup 2019™ and the tournament’s Official Logistics Partner DHL, and to promote the game of rugby.

Race to RWC started on February 2, 2019. Please support Ron, James and ChildFund Pass It Back by making a donation or even joining the duo for part of their adventure. Follow this page for regular updates, photos and messages from Ron and James as they pedal their way to Rugby World Cup 2019™.

Ghost Rider

The pace required to reach Tokyo for RWC 2019

Ron & James

Live location on route to RWC 2019

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Race to RWC Day 5

Race to RWC Day 5

Arrival into DHL Headquarters – Bonn, Germany

DHL Office Visits Europe

DHL Office Visits Europe

Austria, Slovakia, Budapest & Bulgaria

Race to RWC Launch Dinner

Race to RWC Launch Dinner

London - Thursday 31st January 2019

Race to RWC Day 1

Race to RWC Day 1

London to Canterbury – Saturday 2nd February 2019


About DHL's role

DHL has supported Ron’s adventures from day one. As he often says, without the company’s support in Africa, he’d probably have been six months late for the kick-off of Rugby World Cup 2015!

DHL is proud to partner with ChildFund Pass It Back and excited to support Ron and James throughout their journey.

Along the way, the duo will have the opportunity to visit DHL offices and meet the people who power our organization. We’re looking look forward to welcoming both Ron and James into our family.

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of 360,000 people in over 220 countries and territories offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international deliveries, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. Find out more at

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