Bike Week

Look out for the programme of events going on during Bike Week and throughout the month

Bike Week 10th – 18th June
Waterfest Saturday 10th June Forbury Gardens [Link]
East Reading Festival Sunday 18th June Palmer Park [Link]

During June, BikeSmart Reading are helping to run:

  • Free bike checks
  • Training
  • Fun rides
  • Events

See website link for details and keep an eye on the Facebook page.

BikeSmart Reading 5000pt (£5) Bonus registration offer

BikeSmart Reading 5000pt (£5) Bonus registration offer – only until 31st May

This scheme rewards cycling through a mobility tracking app giving points for every journey. To take part, sign up and record your first ride – you’ll also get free entry to the May prize draw. Please do refer to friends and family as the best advocates are other cyclists! Free Bike Maintenance and cycle training available.

BikeSmart Reading BetterPoints

Reading Cycle Challenge

1st – 30th June 2017 – Reading Cycle Challenge:

A fun scheme to help encourage people to cycle any time in June through workplace based competition with individual and team prizes. Make sure your company / place of work is registered and pass it on to friends and colleagues. It’s not about who cycles furthest but about levels of participation across the organisation. See Love To Ride – BikeSmart

Dinton 100K Audax, 3rd May

Last Wednesday, 3rd May, was a dry day but with grey skies and a very chill breeze, forcing me to take refuge in the Dragonfly café to greet and record the riders as they finished.  However it didn’t dissuade cyclists from the ride.  A record 67 entries this year: 36 in advance of the day and 31 ‘on the line’.  There were 66 starters of whom 17 were from Reading CTC – so thank you for turning out in great numbers.  I am always amazed at the way our ‘off-roaders’ can successfully switch to road riding without any apparent bother.  Sorry to say that I could not start riding off-road like they do!

57 riders finished the full course. Some of the non-finishers had ridden to the start and then ‘peeled off’ from the official route once they were near to home so, although they may have cycled the distance, it was not all on the official route.

The event raised over £170 for the Air Ambulance. I plan to ask the Committee to round this up to make a donation of £200.  Dinton was used as the backdrop for some good publicity photos, organised by Karen Robertson in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support, to celebrate the donation of £2,000 to Macmillan from the Kennett Valley Audaxs which were organised by Mick Simmons.

Thank you again to everyone one who took part and to Allan and Lesley who managed the control at Kingsley. Also to Annette for her kind posts to us organisers!

‘See you on the road’.


Reading CTC raise over £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Reading CTC raise over £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support during 100km and 200km cycle rides.

Cyclists from Reading have raised over £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, by organising two large scale cycle rides in the local area. They presented these funds to Macmillan on the 3rd of May at Dinton Pastures Country Park in Winnersh.

The events, which were held as part of Audax UK Cycling Association, were held on the 11 of March setting off from Grazeley south of Reading. The 100km ride had cyclists travelling to Hungerford and back, and a 200km ride travelled through Hungerford and continued to Bratton in Wiltshire.

Both cycling events were organised by Mick Simmons who has been a member of Reading CTC for 30 years and has ridden many Audax events in the past. The weather certainly helped make this the most successful to date. There were 343 entries in total with 156 completing the 200 and 127 completing the 100. Thanks to the generosity of riders the club were able to donate over £2000 to Macmillan Cancer Support.
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