Monday, 15 August 2022

Get those cycle helmets out... On Your Bike is back again

Get those cycle helmets out... On Your Bike is back again

ENTRIES for this year’s Sonning Common On Your Bike are now open.

The 11th annual event, which will take place on April 2, was launched at Sonning Common Primary School by cycling enthusisast Matt Richardson in front of hundreds of pupils.

Mr Richardson, 50, from Henley, spoke to the children about riding up Mont Ventoux on a Raleigh Chopper and setting a distance record on the vintage child’s bicycle.

He said: “I have loved riding a bike since a young age because it gives you freedom and when you’re going fast downhill it’s the closest you can get to flying. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

The event starts at the school in Grove Road and there will be six-,
12- and 20-mile routes as well as a supervised playground cycle for young children. There will be halfway refreshments as well as technical, first aid support and bike recovery.

The event costs £5 to enter in advance or £8 on the day. Every entry before 9pm on March 26 will be entered into a draw to win a bike donated by AW Cycles, which sponsors the event. On Your Bike raises money for the School, the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed and the A& E department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Claire Burnett, an A&E nurse and daughter of village GP Dr Andrew Burnett, told the children: “Like a lot of you, my dad inspired me to ride a bike. He does On Your Bike every year.”

To enter, visit www.onyourbike

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