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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