Afasic Charity Bike Ride in the Chiltern Hills 2020
We were delighted to be able to hold a ‘socially distanced’ charity bike ride on the 26th September to raise much needed funds for children and families struggling with communication disabilities.
We were even more delighted that 10 brave cyclists turned up to take part in a 45 mile ‘Chiltern Hills’ circular ride through the pretty rolling countryside of the Chilterns that started and finished at Wendover train station.
Whilst the sun shone at the start, there was a strong cold wind blowing, which stayed with us for the whole day. The route that our volunteer Jonathan had organised was very scenic with some great views and of course some hills.
Everyone made it round, with just one puncture along the way, and all the cyclists were very grateful to the volunteer support crew of Jan, Gemma and Dan for keeping them fed and watered on the route.
Congratulations and thanks go to all our cyclists – Frances, Gareth, Gemma, George, John, Jonathan, Jos, Julia, Mark, and Simon.
Hopefully you will want to join us for a ride in 2021– details to follow in due course.
Do Your Own Ride:
There are many possibilities, but whatever you decide to do, Afasic will support you as much as possible. We will send you an initial pack with sponsor forms, information about Afasic, stickers, training and fundraising advice and tips, and a t-shirt. Just get in touch to let us know what you are doing.
Afasic Charity Rides 2019
In 2019 we had 2 charity rides, with the 2 routes organised by cycling volunteers Jonathan and George. In June we held a 50 mile ride through the pretty countryside and villages of Kent, incorporating very varied scenery including woodland, marsh, farmland, seaside and some urban streets on mostly quiet country lanes. Lunch was at a pub in Dungeness, overlooking the largest shingle beach in Europe. And the sun shone!
In September we had a 40 mile ride through the Surrey hills that started and finished in Dorking and included a climb of Box Hill, scenic villages, Epsom Downs and unrivalled views of London from the North Downs. Everyone taking part in the 2 rides had a great time and were well supported and encouraged throughout. There was only 1 puncture across both rides!
Keep your eyes on our website and social media for news of our charity ride in 2020 and join in the fun!
‘50 Great Little Miles for 50 Years of Afasic’ – 1st September 2018
It was a perfect day for a bike ride when this year’s Afasic charity ride visited the picturesque Essex countryside, starting and finishing in the village of Rayne and visiting many ‘Greats’ and ‘Littles’ along the way. It was a 50 mile route, to mark our 50th Anniversary, the country roads were gently undulating, with no terrible hills, and the views were lovely, with many a thatched cottage and pretty village to look at.
Special thanks go to our cycling volunteer Jonathan for organising the route and making a great choice of pub for the lunch stop. Thanks also to Jan and Lynn and Iwan for supporting the ride, cheering everyone on, making sure we didn’t go wrong, and keeping us all fed and watered along the way.
Everyone commented on what a pretty route it was at the end and all had enjoyed a pleasant day out in the countryside. One rider had especially enjoyed the lunch stop pub, which was having a cider festival, mentioning no names – Gareth!
Many thanks to everyone for taking part and raising much needed funds for Afasic, it really is appreciated.
Afasic Bike Ride 2017 – London to Bath
This year’s Afasic bike ride was over 2 days from London to Bath, with an overnight stop in Newbury, right next to the racecourse, and about 60 miles of peddling each day.
As we met up in Richmond we were grateful that the heat wave of the previous week had passed, but not so grateful for the fairly strong westerly wind that would blow into our faces for the whole weekend!
On time at 9.00am we were off and out along the Thames, where we saw the ‘Royal Barge’ along the way.
In Windsor we made an unscheduled pit stop when one of the riders, Julia, said her cousin lived just off the route and we should pop in. We were welcomed with drinks and a flushing loo, and as we left a sizeable donation to the cause, so a very good stop indeed.
Good progress was made and we reached the overnight stop in Newbury by about 5.30pm for a well-earned rest.
On the Sunday, after a hearty breakfast, we faced a lot more hills than on day 1, and by the drink stop just after 11am I think I had already changed gear more times than the whole of the previous day. Of course it wouldn’t be an Afasic bike ride without some rain, and so it was that on Sunday we had showers on and off all morning.
We also had a bit of a fright as we neared the top of a hill when we saw an Adder slithering across the road just in front of us!
The final part of the ride along the towpath of the Kennett & Avon canal was flat, but the surface was very rough and gave all of us a full body workout, as well as some bike repairs to sort out along the way due the constant battering.
We finally caught up with Jonathan and Leyton about 6 miles from the finish and continued together to the end at Bath – where at last Leyton could get clean!
Leyton the bear was certainly a draw and lots of children came to say hello and see what he was up to. I’m sure that the collecting tins that Jonathan had with him will be pretty full.
Well done to Frances, Julia, Gareth, Jonathan, Leyton the Bear, Rose and Mark for all your efforts on the ride and for helping to raise much needed funding for Afasic, it really is appreciated.
Many thanks go to our support crew of Jan and Gemma who were always a welcome sight for the riders with helpful directions, encouragement, tea and nibbles! We couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks as always go to our route setter and bike ride inspiration Jonathan, how he managed the route towing a bear in a bath and with 4 panniers on his bike I will never know!
Join us next year for another cycling adventure!
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Please do take part in a bike ride for Afasic, your support really can make a difference.
The organisation really was terrific, we felt spoilt! John
Thank you for organising the ride. I really enjoyed it. I felt really encouraged by knowing the support cars were there if I needed them and our ‘tail end Charlie’, Jonathan was fantastic. Sue