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Free Bike & Voucher Won

Two families from Sonning Common have won the draw for a free bike & voucher, kindly donated by AW Cycles.

8 year old Emma Geleta’s father Mark won the first prize of a free bike. “I was really excited when he won,” said Emma. “He was really pleased.” Emma said she’s looking forward to taking part in On Your Bike on Sunday 24th April, with her family and school friends.

The second prize of a £100 voucher was won by 10 year old Daniel Beech who said he was “really surprised”.

AW Cycles has supported On Your Bike for ten years. Jason Acock from, the shop in Caversham, told the children “We want adults and children to be inspired by cycling. Cycling is really healthy. We are cycling nuts!”

The founder of On Your Bike, Penny Snowden, said “AW Cycles have done us proud each and every year. Not only do they provide us with wonderful prizes, but also valuable technical support and advice for riders on the day itself. We can’t thank them enough.”

Reading FC legend Ady Williams to start 2016 ride

Reading FC legend and BBC Radio Berkshire Sports Presenter, Ady Williams, will be giving riders wise words of encouragement at the start of On Your Bike 2016 on Sunday 24th April.

Ady may have retired from professional football, but he’s still passionate about fitness. He’s a keen cyclist, runner and a regular at the gym.

“Both my children were encouraged to get on bikes at an early age, as it’s important to try to create a fitness habit for life,” said Ady. “What’s great about On Your Bike is it’s something the whole family can do together, whatever their age or ability.”

“I’ve always enjoyed watching the big tours, particularly the Tour de France. I’ve had some spectacular trips abroad, cycling the steep and sunny Spanish hills with my mates. Personally I love the challenge of going up hill, probably because I’m a bit of a coward going down hill at speed!”

Ady is local to the area and has run miles along many of the roads that make up On Your Bike’s three routes, while training for 10k runs and half marathons.

“It’s always an honour to be involved with grass roots sporting events, raising money for good local causes,” said Ady. “I can’t wait to wave the riders off.”

OYB founder, Penny Snowden, said “We’re thrilled Ady’s taking the time to start our tenth anniversary ride. He’s a great role model, but also an entertaining after dinner speaker and MC, so he’s the perfect person to inspire our riders as they embark on their 6, 12 or 20 mile cycles. I know lots of children taking part are Royals fans and listen to Ady presenting the sport on BBC Radio Berkshire, so they’ll be excited.”

Register before 9pm on 10th April for the chance to win a bike, donated by AWCycles. Entry fees: £5 per person in advance, or £8 on the day.

Photo: Ady Willams (right) with former Reading FC team mate, Nicky Forster, on a cycle trip in Spain


Join Sonning Common’s 10th On Your Bike!

The countdown to our tenth anniversary ride on Sunday 24th April has begun.

On Your Bike 2016 was launched today at a special assembly at Sonning Common Primary School.

The ride’s founder, Penny Snowden, told children about the history of the ride and said, “More than 5,000 people of all ages have taken part over the years, cycling over 60,000 miles between them, which is further than twice around the world!”

The first time Arlo Carey, 11, did On Your Bike, he had a broken arm and pedalled on a tag-a-long bike behind his Dad. He’s cycled all 3 routes since. “The first time I cycled 20 miles,” he said “I was in year 2.” The children heard how Arlo is now a keen racing cyclist. Rhys Beaumont, 10 and Isla Hallett, 6, also talked about their experiences of On Your Bike.

Jason Acock from AWCycles told the children why the shop sponsors On Your Bike. “We are a family run community cycle shop, and we want adults and children to be inspired by cycling.” he said “Cycling is really healthy. We are cycling nuts!”

AWCycles is, once again, kindly donating a bike which all riders have a chance of winning if they register to ride before 9pm on 10th April 2016.

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.

Get ready to ride

On Your Bike 2016

The event this year is on Sunday 24 April 2016. All those taking part should arrive by 10am in time for a 10.30 start.

Another highly successful On Your Bike event was held on Sunday 26th April 2015. What an amazing day! A massive 580 cyclists took part, with a further 20 young ones enjoying the playground ride.

If you’d like to see a reminder of what happened on the day, and who was there, please visit our large 2015 gallery. Also make sure to visit our Facebook page where there are more photos, a video of the day, and news and stories.

On Your Bike was first staged in 2007 and has raised over £30,000 for charity. In 2015 a fantastic £3,900 was raised, with all entry fees and other money raised shared equally between Sonning Common Primary School and our chosen partner charity.

Our charity partners for 2016 are Sue Ryder and the Royal Berkshire Hospital Cardiac Care Unit

We have a new website!

We are delighted to say we have a new website for On Your Bike! We are gradually updating all the content and adding in image galleries from past years, with more to come!

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