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Family bike ride and quiz on Easter Sunday

Posted on Friday 14th April 2017 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Easter Bunny Bike Ride in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

If you are stuck with ideas of what to do with the kids on Easter Sunday then come and join the Stokes Cycling Club family Easter ride for a few hours of fun. The event is completely FREE.

Bradley Stoke Easter Bunny Ride 2017.

There will be a choice of a 3 or 6-mile ride to which everyone is welcome. This is aimed at families, including children of all ages, whether in trailers, tag-alongs, or on their own bikes.

There will be a fun quiz with three winners receiving a rather tasty Easter egg, sponsored by Wards Solicitors, who have kindly supported us again this year. Even if you don’t win, everyone who enters will be given a little treat for taking part.

Please come along on Easter Sunday, 16th April, between 10am and 12pm to register.

For more information, please contact stokescyclingclub@googlemail.com or visit the Stokes Cycling Club page on Facebook.

Photo: Scene outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at a previous Easter Bunny Bike Ride organised by the Stokes Cycling Club.

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Cyclists called to join charity rides to help fight blood cancer

Posted on Wednesday 26th August 2015 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon 2014.

Cyclists in the Bristol area are being urged to sign up and set their wheels in motion to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, at the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon on Sunday 6th September 2015.

Over 100 riders are expected to take part in the event at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, and turn their pedal power into cash to help fund vital research in leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and hundreds of other blood cancers and make patients’ lives better.

Family-friendly option

This event offers two rides; one is a family-friendly 15-mile ride suitable for riders of all ages, using local pathways and quiet roads and the other is a 50-mile cycle through the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside, taking in the pretty little village of Castle Combe, nestled in beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Cotswolds.

It is named the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon after a local resident who sadly passed away from leukaemia in September 2012. Martin was an avid cyclist and also one of the founder members of the local Stokes Cycling Club, who Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are teaming up with to stage the event.

Get out and get fit

Bikeathon organiser Jo Bray said:

“The Bikeathon is a perfect opportunity to get out, get fit and join in the fight against blood cancers, which affect thousands of people in the UK each year. For the second year running we have been invited back to the Willow Brook Centre as it’s the perfect place to run our event and Bradley Stoke Radio will be joining us again. We hope it’s going to be a fun day out for everyone.”

Last year over £6,000 was raised and it is hoped that more will be raised this year by sponsorship from friends and family of the cyclists. Local businesses are also being invited to get involved.

For more details and to enter online, please visit http://bit.ly/bikeathon2015

For further information about the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon, please contact event organiser Jo Bray at jobray@llrbristol.org.uk

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Year 6 pupils encouraged to try pedal power to get to local secondary schools

Posted on Friday 17th July 2015 at 1:02 pm by SH (Editor)

A group of Baileys Court Primary School pupils prepare to cycle to Bradley Stoke Community School.

Pupils from Baileys Court Primary School took part in bike rides to Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and Abbeywood Community School on Monday 15th June to help them learn the cycle routes ahead of the transition to secondary education in September.

Transition rides aim to build confidence and improve riding skills so pupils can travel independently to school. The rides are for pupils who have achieved their Bikeability cycle proficiency level 2 and are led by accredited Bikeability instructors.

As part of the ride, the pupils are shown where to secure their bike and safety gear at the new school, so there are no big surprises on the first day of term.

In total, 65 pupils from seven South Gloucestershire junior or primary schools including Baileys Court, Bowsland Green, Meadowbrook, Raysfield, St Michael’s, Stoke Lodge and The Ridge will be taking part in transition rides to their new secondary school.

Martina Byrne-Obee, road safety officer at South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“These transition rides are aimed at encouraging students to think about how they can travel to their new school as well as showing them some of the benefits of cycling. The council’s Bikeability accredited instructors try out a couple of different routes to and from school with the students to help boost their skills ready for when the time comes to make that all important journey to their new secondary school.”

Transition rides have been funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Active Travel to School project.

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Bradley Stoke cyclist helps team to victory in Bristol Grand Prix

Posted on Thursday 25th June 2015 at 8:34 am by SH (Editor)

Malcolm Dixon (right) in action for the Dream Cycling team during the Bristol Grand Prix on Saturday 20th June 2015.

A cyclist from Bradley Stoke is hoping that his share of victory in the recent Bristol Grand Prix will inspire other people to get back in the saddle.

Malcolm Dixon, 31, who works at Arriva Transport Solutions (ATSL), was part of the Dream Cycling team which stormed to gold in the prestigious race through Bristol city centre on Saturday 20th June.

He said: “It was a fantastic feeling to be sipping champagne with my teammates at the finishing line.”

“To win a high profile race like this in front of a big crowd was an absolutely brilliant experience and we’re all delighted.”

ATSL, which operates the non-emergency ambulance service in the south west, encourages its staff to lead a healthy lifestyle and hopes Malcolm will prove to be an inspiration.

As well as championing the Cycle to Work scheme, Malcolm also gives advice and support to his colleagues in Bristol and shares his knowledge on the area’s best cycle routes.

He said: “Once you have caught the cycling bug, you won’t look back.”

“I started cycling when I lived in London and friends told me that the best way to get around was on a bike. So I borrowed my girlfriend’s bike and that was it – I was hooked.”

“I’ve now been cycling for six years and I love it. I would encourage anyone to get back on a bike and give it a go.”

The winning Dream Cycling team also included Steve Thomas, Gerry Bowditch, Craig Wallduck, Tom Ilett, Matt Witts and former Bradley Stoke resident James Phillips, who had the honour of leading the team across the finishing line.

ATSL director Marjorie Haynes said: “I would like to congratulate Malcolm on his wonderful victory.”

“He is passionate about cycling and I’m so proud that we have people like Malcolm at ATSL. While we won’t all get to Malcolm’s level or win gold medals, we can all enjoy the health benefits that cycling brings.”

Related link: Bristol Grand Prix race report (British Cycling)

Source: Press release from Arriva Transport Solutions.

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Local athlete aiming to be in peak condition for charity challenge

Posted on Monday 1st June 2015 at 10:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Steve Hewitt of Bradley Stoke, Bristol: Training hard for the Five Peaks by Bike & Hike challenge.

A Bradley Stoke man is preparing to take part in a gruelling ‘bike and hike’ adventure that involves climbing the highest peaks in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales AND cycling the 960 miles between them, all in the space of just seven days.

The ‘Five Peaks By Bike and Hike’ challenge is being attempted by a team of 19 amateur athletes and will raise money for The Marie Keating Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK.

Steve Hewitt, who lives in Berkeley Mead and is the foods manager at Marks & Spencer’s Cribbs Causeway store, will be with the team when it starts the marathon challenge in Ireland on Sunday 7th June with an ascent of Carrauntoohil. They will then ride to Northern Ireland to climb Slieve Donard before taking the ferry from Belfast to Stranraer and riding the 202 miles to Fort William.

After conquering Ben Nevis, the team will then ride 260 miles to Cumbria for the ascent and descent of Scafell Pike. A further 210 miles of riding then follows, bringing the team to North Wales, where they hope to walk up and down Snowdon on Saturday 13th June, seven days after setting off.

Five Peaks by Bike and Hike.

As far as can be ascertained, this will be the first attempt at completing the Five Peaks challenge in this way.

The team is being supported by Marks & Spencer, with logistics by Discover Adventure.

Steve says he “loves all sports”, but his number one passion is cycling and he has been a member of Velo Club Bristol for several years and competes in locally staged races.

He is no stranger to charity cycle rides, having previously cycled from London to Bristol to support the local air ambulance and from John O’Groats to Lands End for Help for Heroes.

More: Preparation has included cycling upwards of 250km a week »

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