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Gravesend's On Your Bike charity ride returns

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A popular charity cycle ride which has been going 34 years and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds is back on the road again.

On Your Bike returns to Gravesend next month after a two-year absence.

Riders at a previous On Your Bike Ride
Riders at a previous On Your Bike Ride

Hundreds of riders are expected to take part in the ride on Sunday, May 22.

Stewardship of the event is now with Gravesham with Ebbsfleet Rotary and the team has been carefully rebuilding the links with thousands of entrants who have raised more than half a million pounds for charities across the 34 years of the ride.

President Mark Underwood said all the previous planning had had to be reworked since the pandemic.

He said: “Everything has changed, and only now that essential people such as first aiders and radio volunteers have been freed up can we get going again. Riders now will have online entry and contactless donation as we usually register over 400 of them in less than an hour on the day.”

It all starts and returns to the Riverside Leisure Area beside the River Thames in Gravesend, and has 15, 30 and 45 mile routes to appeal to all cyclists.

On Your Bike in 2018. Picture: Steve Crispe
On Your Bike in 2018. Picture: Steve Crispe

There will be refreshment checkpoints and support vehicles along the way.

The Rotary team will be there early morning to welcome riders for an 8.45am start and then be on standby for the rest of the day as they return to receive a special slate coaster each as thanks for supporting the charity ride.

The main beneficiary of On Your Bike 2022 is Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services which has responded to a huge increase in support calls and having to change the ways of providing many of their services because of covid. Also other Rotary supported charities will benefit.

To join in On Your Bike go to www.onyourbike.org.uk where you will find all the details from Gravesham with Ebbsfleet Rotary and online entry.

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