I'm planning on going on a 1100km solo tour next year. Initially it was a pure joy-ride, with no other agenda. A leisurely roll north, punctuated by campsites and huge meals. However, upon further discussion with non-riding friends I have noticed that they view this as a near-superhuman feat of endurance.
This got me thinking that I might be able to get sponsored by these people and donate the money to a charity I support. My question to you is, has anyone ever successfully approached any camping/clothing/bike company and asked them to assist you in a venture such as this? Given that this is no longer a holiday, and is now a charitable act, what do you think my chances of success are? Any strategies I should be mindful of?