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.
Ride for Afasic in 2019
We are delighted to offer you not one, not two, but three opportunities to get on your bike in 2019, and in doing so support children and families struggling with communication disabilities. We hope that you will want to take part in at least one of these. A ride in Kent, a ride in Surrey and the Prudential 100 mile ride.
- Saturday 15th June – a 50 mile ride through the pretty countryside and villages of Kent, starting and finishing in Ashford, which is readily accessible by train and car. The ride will incorporate very varied scenery including woodland, marsh, farmland, seaside and some urban streets on mostly quiet country lanes. Lunch is planned at Dungeness, overlooking the largest shingle beach in Europe.
- Saturday 7th September – a 40 mile ride through the Surrey hills that will start and finish in Dorking, which is readily accessible by train and car. The ride will incorporate a climb of Box Hill, scenic villages, Epsom Downs and unrivalled views of London from the North Downs.
Both rides will use cycle paths and smaller roads wherever possible, but will include some stretches of busier road. Maps and directions will be provided to all participants and the events will have a bike mechanic and support vehicles on hand to keep everyone on the move. All our rides have a friendly and supportive atmosphere:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, everyone was so friendly and welcoming and it was a pleasure to meet you all.” Alistair.
You can Register Here and if you register for both rides you get a discount on the entry fees!
It would be great if you (and a friend or two!) could join us for a great day out on your bike, we really hope that you will be able to join us. If you are have any questions or would like some further information then please contact Mark Thompson or call 020 7490 9410.
We also have some guaranteed places available for the iconic Prudential 100 mile ride (see below) – just contact Mark Thompson or call 020 7490 9410 for more details and to register.
Guaranteed Places for the Prudential Ride 2019
Afasic has a number of guaranteed places for the Prudential Ride London – 100 mile event on Sunday 4th August 2019.
This iconic cycle ride starts in the Olympic Park in Stratford and finishes on the Mall, with 100 miles of cycling through London and the Surrey countryside on closed roads in between. We are looking for riders to take part and raise sponsorship for Afasic.
This event is always oversubscribed, so if you want to guarantee your spot on the start line then contact Mark Thompson for one of our guaranteed places. There is no registration fee and the minimum sponsorship that our riders are required to raise is just £300.
After taking part in this event previously, Afasic rider Richard said “it ranks as one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”
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‘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