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Medway Big Ride


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It’s time to dust off your bikes and sign up for the Medway Big Ride 2016. Registration for the free mass-participation cycling event has now opened.

The third annual Medway Big Ride takes place on Sunday, 19 June as part of a bumper Medway Festival of Sport, celebrating all things Rio to mark this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This year Medway Sport is proud to welcome a new event sponsor – Care UK and the Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre.

We are also thrilled to be teaming up with our Ride-It sportive partner Evans Cycles and with the Lord's Taverners to stage a charity ride with Ashes-winning cricketer Geraint Jones and Escape to the Country's Jonnie Irwin raising funds for a new minibus for Bradfields Academy.


 Time  Event Details  Registration
8am Evans Ride It Road Sportive Book now
11am Lord's Taverners Ride for Bradfields Email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk to secure your place
12pm The Big Ride Event Opens No pre registration required to join in on the day
2.15pm Mass Family Fun Ride Pre-register to secure your place and t-shirt
3pm Children’s Track races No pre registration required
4pm The Big Ride event closes  

 Families at the Medway Big Ride

The Medway Big Ride encourages the people of Medway to get active and get cycling and takes place at Medway Park sports centre in Gillingham.

The mass participation event runs from 12pm to 4pm this year, and the public can expect an action-packed afternoon of cycling and Photo fo children at the Medway Big Rideother activities for all ages.

This year’s event will feature a new Adventure Zone with caving, BMX and skills displays, have-a-gos, Extreme and ParkSport multisport activities.

Elsewhere around the Medway Park arena there will be a pedal zone with Action wheels, innovative bikes to try out and organised races with Wigmore Cycling Club. Plus large inflatables, arts and crafts, hula hooping, face painting and much more.Medway Big Ride Savage Skills display

The main event is the Family Ride from 2.15pm to 2.45pm, when riders can complete as many laps of a looping 3km course as they wish. The route takes you out of Medway Park onto the surrounding closed roads via the University of Kent and returning for a track finish. A shorter option is available too.

For the last hour of the event, children take over the Medway Park track in a series of fun children’s races, with medals and prizes available for all participants. No pre-booking is required for these.

Other fun and games includes

  • Pimp Your Bike Rio style - prizes for the best-dressed bikes
  • Free bike light for every dad as a Father's Day thank you

Every Big Ride participant will receive a free t-shirt.

All cycling participants must wear a helmet to take part in any cycling event on the day.


Lord's Taverners Ride for Bradfields

We are excited to announce that Ashes-winning England cricketer Geraint Jones and television presenter Jonnie Irwin will be taking part in this year's Medway Big Ride.England cricketer Geraint Jones

The celebrity cyclists will be joining local cyclists for a 15-mile charity ride to raise money for a new minibus for Bradfields Academy.

The ride departs from Medway Park at 11am and is being organised in partnership with the Lord's Taverners charity and Evans. Participants will be encouraged to raise sponsorship.

The entry fee for adults is £10. Proceeds from the ride Escape to the Country's Jonnie Irwingo directly to the charity. The ride is free for children. Riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  Every participant will receive a souvenir Medway Big Ride t-shirt.

Participants in this ride and any element of the Medway Big Ride are also encouraged to raise money and donate to the Lord's Taverners Bradfields appeal.

Simply email medwaysport@medway.gov.uk to secure your place for this fantastic event. Places are limited. If you secure a place further details will be sent to you.


Evans RIDE IT Sportives

We have also teamed up with Evans Cycles sportives to bring RIDE IT Road Sportive to the Medway Big Ride event.Big Ride sportive 2014

The 80, 50 and 30 mile sportive routes start from Medway Park from 8am and take riders on a tour of the Kent countryside heading east towards Faversham then south into the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It’s a mixture of rolling terrain interspersed with short sharp climbs and a few longer and more challenging climbs to test riders on the longer route distances.

Every sportive participant will receive a free souvenir Medway Big Ride t-shirt.

You can book now for the sportives on Evans Cycles website.