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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.

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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.

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.

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