Hungerford Big Wheel 2015


The Hungerford Big Wheel has been a staple of the local charity ride calendar for a number of years. This year’s event will take place on Sunday 7th June.

There are three cycle routes: a 33 mile off-road for the more experience cyclists; a 26 mile family route; and a 12 mile route for those with younger children. The bike rides will start and finish at Hungerford Rugby Club at 10:30 am, with registration from 9:00 am onwards. The organisers would appreciate advance bookings where possible. Booking forms are available from

There will be a BBQ available at the end of the ride. For those participating in the two longer routes, cake and refreshments will be available in Savernake Forest around the halfway mark.

The bike ride will once again support two charities, Noreen’s Kids and Swings & Smiles. An on-line donation page has been set up at

Please note that cycle helmets be worn by all participants.


Social Bike Rides and Charity Rides

signpostFollowing on from the success of last year, Spokes has organised another programme of social bike rides on various Saturdays throughout the spring, summer and autumn of 2015. With distances ranging from 12 to 67 miles, there is something for everyone. All rides start and finish in West Mills, Newbury. Riders meet near the war memorial between Lloyd’s Bank and St Nicolas Church. To find out more and to book your place for any of the rides, please visit our page on the website. You can also download the full programme from our website, or pick up a leaflet from local bike shops or the visitor information centre in Newbury.

If that’s not enough or you, then why not sign up for one of the many local charity rides that are happening over the next couple of months across West Berkshire:

  • Purley Primary School are organising the Tour de Purley on 10 May to raise funds for the school. There are four routes of varying length from 1km for pupils and younger siblings to 30 miles for the more adventurous. Fur further information, see:
  • The Black Hole Sportive takes place on 31 May and is raising money for  Newbury RFC U16’s to coach rugby to children in Brasilian favelas in August 2015 and host a grass rugby festival for them in Rio. There are 20 and 50 mile routes. For further information, please visit:
  • The Ring of Fire charity bike ride returns for its second year on 28 June. It is seeking to raise money for the Firefighter’s Charity and Camp Uganda. There are 10, 30 and 60 mile routes available and everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw. To find out more, go to:

Wanted – riders for charity ride

We were recently contacted by Parity for Disability who provide life-changing services for profoundly disabled people living in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

They are looking for an enthusiastic team of local cyclists to take part in their fundraising ride from Farnborough to its French twin town, Meudon, which is on the outskirts of Paris.

Participants will leave for Portsmouth on 5th September 2013. After an overnight ferry crossing to Le Havre, they will travel through scenic Northern France, stopping overnight at Vernon before arriving on Saturday 7th September at Meudon.

The event will be a real adventure, and will help raise thousands of pounds towards services for local people with multiple disabilities.

For more information, please contact organiser, Kimberley Norris, on 01252 375581 or