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Record Rider Numbers & Record Amount Raised!

You helped us raise more than £6,000 for the school & local good causes this year; more than any previous year.

“It was a stunning turn-out on a beautiful spring morning,” said On Your Bike founder, Penny Snowden. “The enthusiasm of all who took part, and the fantastic crew who organised, marshalled and cooked, ensured it was the best event we have ever staged.”

The number of riders hit a record high this year, with 599 people cycling one of the three 6,12 or 20 mile long routes, plus dozens more little ones joining in the playground cycle. The event was attended by well over 700 people in total.

Without our sponsors, listed below, this event would not be possible. We thank you once again for your unfailing generosity.

One more sleep to go!

Please arrive by 10am on Sunday, in time for a 10.30am start

If you need to register on the day, please arrive earlier.

On Your Bike’s Cafe opens at 9.30am, so you can enjoy a pre-ride bacon sandwich! Hot drinks, food & cakes are available right through the morning and lunchtime.

Please help us keep our riders safe by NOT parking in Grove Road.

Winning Smiles at On Your Bike Draw

Please arrive by 10am on Sunday, in time for a 10.30am start

AW Cycles pulled out all the stops for our On Your Bike draw winners again this year. Mrs Fox’s father, Dave Tyldesley, won the first prize of a free bike.

The second prize of a £100 voucher was won by Evie Gainsford, 8, who can’t wait to join her friends and family on the ride this Sunday April 2nd. Thank you to Miley and Issac for pulling the tickets out of the hat!

There’s still time to REGISTER IN ADVANCE
Entry fees are £5 per person, if you register online in advance. Registration closes at 9pm this Friday.
Riders can register on the day, but there can be queues and it’s more expensive - £8 per person - so please register in advance if you’re cost-conscious!

Please help us keep riders safe by NOT parking in Grove Road!

Chopper mad cyclist at launch

“Cycling gives you a sense of freedom,” Henley cyclist, Matt Richardson, told children at Sonning Common Primary School. “You can’t beat the feeling of going fast in the open air, particularly on the flat or down hills. It’s like flying”.

Matt Richardson inspired children to sign up for this year’s On Your Bike with stories of pedalling his 1975 Raleigh Chopper bike up mountains, often overtaking cyclists who were much better equipped. He’s also set a World Hour Record on his Chopper.

“If you’re worried about the distance,” Matt told the children, ahead of the annual feel-good family ride on Sunday 2nd April, “don’t ride too fast at the beginning. Don’t worry about how fast everyone else is going. The ride is about what you yourself can achieve.”

Claire Burnett, a Senior Emergency Dept Staff Nurse at the Royal Berks, is a former pupil at the school and told everyone she’d cycled On Your Bike with her family at least 8 times. She urged the children to make sure they wore their helmets.

Register before 9pm on Sunday March 26th for the chance to WIN A BIKE, kindly donated by AW Cycles.

Registration is open!

Register before 9pm on Sunday March 26th for the chance to WIN A BIKE! kindly donated by AW Cycles

£5 per person in advance or £8 on the day

Go on you know you want to!

Where the money went: 2016

Photo: On Your Bike Organiser, Tina Micallef, presenting a cheque for £2000 to Sue Ryder’s Nettlebed Hospice.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in On Your Bike 2016 - our tenth ride!

In total you helped us raise:

£2000 for Sonning Common Primary School

£2000 for Sue Ryder

£500 for the Cardiac Care Unit at the RBH

Where the money went: 2016

Photo: On Your Bike sponsor, Nick Jennings, from local butchers Jennings of Caversham, presenting a cheque for £500 to the Cardiac Care Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.


Tenth anniversary ride attracts 550+ cyclists

Hundreds of cyclists filled the roads around Sonning Common, for the tenth annual On Your Bike ride today. Children as young as four cycled the six mile route with their parents and friends, while some plucky five year olds managed twelve miles.

Reading FC’s former skipper, Ady Williams, was among the first riders to set off. Ady, who is now a Sports Presenter on BBC Radio Berkshire, cycled the 20 mile route. “I think a lot of people did the twenty miles. It was a beautiful morning. Fantastic scenery.” said Ady, “And so many families out. There were some challenging hills and a lot of the kids were out of the saddle and really going for it, so it was great.”

“What a brilliant idea this event is. Raising money for some great charities and it gets families out on a Sunday morning instead of everyone sitting at home looking at a computer, phone or gaming screen.”

The founder of On Your Bike, Penny Snowden, also cycled twenty miles, with her daughter Sophie who she says helped get her up the hills. “It’s been lovely.” said Penny. “Lots and lots of old friends meeting who did the ride years ago and off they went together and more people seem to be tackling the longer rides.”

“When we started On Your Bike we had no idea it would become an integral part of Sonning Common’s calendar. But we couldn’t do it without all our riders, and our amazing sponsors who put their hands in their pockets to help or give us their time and expertise every year without fail.”

This year 100% of all entry fees and monies raised in 2016 will be shared between Sonning Common Primary School, Sue Ryder and the Cardiac Care Unit at the Royal Berks.

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