Fancy a challenge?! How’s about riding 50, 80 or 100 miles in the Marlow Red Kite sportive this September!
This is a great example of two cycling worlds coming together: you may be capable of riding 100 miles in a lightening fast time, but in doing so you could be supporting someone to cycle round an athletics track for the first time.
We have developed a great partnership with the team at Red Kite and Marlow Riders, who are very kindly donating proceeds from their great event to go towards supporting Wheels for All activities in their area. Last year, the ride managed to raise £7,000 which was donated to the charity, Cyclists Fighting Cancer. This is an incredible achievement for an event organised by locals for all to enjoy, whilst supporting fantastic causes.
Colin Lavis, Director of Red Kite Sportive, commented: “it’s a great opportunity for us to help out a charitable cause. We know Wheels for All can bring the enjoyment of cycling in to many peoples’ lives and we’re proud to support this as an organisation”.
If you’re interested in taking part in the event, then act fast! As the popularity grows year on year, the entries fill up fast – you can find out more and register for the event here:
Entries are now open for this the fifth annual event – all four have sold out to date – with capacity again set at 700 entries.
Local club Marlow Riders pride themselves on providing a friendly atmosphere and good value for money with quality signage, comprehensive choice at the feed stations and three challenging routes: 50 mile, 80 and 100 miles.
All three routes travel through Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire passing over some of the highest parts of the Chilterns and then back into the Thames Valley.
Start and finish will again be at the Marlow Sports Club on the banks of the River Thames.
Three well sign-posted routes, three feed stations, electronic timing, ample parking at the start, showers at the finish and GPX routes to download before the event, are all being promised by the organisers.
And the Red Kite Ride finish area is again being designed to allow family and friends to gather to eat, drink and relax after their ride. The after event “theatre” will again be supported with on-air entertainment provided by Marlow FM radio station.
A new campaign to encourage more disabled people to be active was launched in July.
The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.
Results show that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people are a large proportion of everyone’s community. However, research highlights often disabled people do not find the opportunities accessible or appealing enough, or do not know where to go to find the right information.
Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active and do not necessarily take part with just other disabled people. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator for disabled people to be active.
The Wheels for All team attended a launch event at Clarence Park, Bury, along with well-known actor Will Mellor who is a championing the campaign. He is extremely passionate about ensuring more opportunities exist for disabled people. With lived experience of disabled people in his family, Will wants to help make a difference and spread the Together We Will message. He is joining in the campaign by raising awareness of the opportunities and organisations that can support disabled people to be more active.
To engage in an inclusive activity, why not visit any one of our many Wheels for All centres across the UK, by accessing our interactive map here
These pictures are from the fantastic WFA centre in Clarence Park, Bury: go along and join in the fun!!
To celebrate Wheels For All being 25 years old this year, the wonderful team at Salford held a fantastic birthday event which will live long in the memory.
We had over 300 people celebrating our birthday along with the 10 year celebrations for Salford Action for Autism.
A huge thank you goes to our special guest visitor Lamin Manneh, winner of 2 Bronze medals from the INVICTUS GAMES, who gave up his time to give medals out to all our participants today; it’s safe to say you made their day!
Thank you to Millie’s Grandma for our gorgeous cake and to all the volunteers, stall holders, families & trustees that helped make it a great day.
A special thank you to Worsley Rotary Club for their Dragons Den funding that made it possible and to Transport for Greater Manchester for all their support.
Salford Wheels for All offers several days a week of cycling activities from its base at Cleaveleys Track whereby there a fine range of cycles to support all needs and abilities.
If you’d like to get involved in Wheels for All in Salford, have a look at their page on our interactive WFA centre map.
We had some great feedback last week from Warrington Visually Impaired Peoples’ group who visited Marbury Country Park to trial our Wheels for All session there.
Whilst the park itself is such a beautiful venue, we feel we are able to add to the experience by enjoying the surroundings on an adapted cycle. Many of the visually impaired people hadn’t cycled before so it was a first for many of the them to have the wind in their hair and the smiles cycling brings!
The group took this video of them setting off on their maiden voyage from our WFA hub at the Rangers Centre:
You’ll also see Pete in the video, our trusted and valued WFA volunteer who leads the sessions along with Dave, without whom these sessions wouldn’t take place. Thanks chaps!
WFA sessions run at Marbury Park every Wednesday 10am – 3pm.
Cycling Projects has recently been working closely with the Sports Development department of the Manx government to raise the profile of Wheels for All across the Isle of Man.
The partnership has allowed for the purchase of a range of adapted cycles, the delivery of accredited Wheels for All Leader training and a number of Wheels for All open days all held at the National Sports Centre in Douglas.
All Wheelsofr All activities will be delivered under the supervision of the Manx Sports development team, who will be offering mox of booked only sessions for various support groups from across the island. There will also be the chance for individuals to drop by and get involved in the activities throughout the season. The sessions will bring together children, adults and the elderly with members of their family making cycling a completely inclusive activity for many generations of the family.
For more information on how to access the service please contact Zoe Crowe on (01624) 688575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have teamed up with Wirral Council and Tranmere Rovers to launch the exciting new Pedal Away project in Wirral.
We have a launch event this Wednesday at Prenton Park, home of the mighty Tranmere Rovers. If you’d like to find out more about our programme and planned rides, please drop in – we’re even being treated to a ‘bike breakfast’!
There’s also an opportunity to get your bike serviced by qualified bike mechanics on your visit, so why not drop in and say hello.
For more info, see the below news article in the local paper:
Cycling Projects are very pleased to announce a working partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) to deliver and develop the Wheels for All service for the council and its communities.
We are excited to be working closely with all current partners, including the Friends of Wheels for All B&NES, to help build and develop an ongoing service for all abilities and everyone in the region.
We look forward to bringing new partners, organisations, participants and volunteers to the Wheels for All service – enabling many more people to access cycling activities across the region and beyond.
We have a comprehensive events schedule over the summer months:
Wheels for All B&NES summary of programme for summer 2016
Our popular ‘open’ Saturday sessions continue over the summer months at Odd Down Sports Ground cycle circuit from 13.00 to 14.30 on:
June: 18. July 9th, 16,& 30. August: 6,13, 20. September 3,17 & 24,
We will also be at:
- July 2nd Odd Down Cycle Festival– although this is not part of our Saturday Club programme we will be promoting what we do as Wheels for All centre, demonstrating some of our special cycles and fundraising through the ‘Friends of Wheels for All’. Please come and give generously to support our volunteers and cost of operating our extensive fleet of cycles.
- Bath Area Play Project (BAPP). Wheelie Fun Days – 4 August & 18 August 1-4p.m at Odd Down Sports Ground.
- On 3 August we are at Odd Down as part of SOFA – details for this via BAPP
- 8 September– watch out for our bikes in the ‘tour village’ as the Tour of Britain Cycle race comes to Bath for it’s first stage finish in the city since the late 80’s
- Additionally we are running sessions for groups and other services. If you would like to find out how we can offer an inclusive cycling experience to your programmes and teams in social and health care then please contact us to discuss requirements and costs.
We would like to extend our warmest thank you to the WFA volunteers based at B&NES, without whom the project wouldn’t be the great success that it is. If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on the below contact details.
Chris and The Wheels for All B&NES team
mobile: 0753 026 3014
Cycling Projects are pleased to report our national Wheels For All conference was a huge success.
Taking place during the Cycle City conference in Leicester on Friday 20th May, the Wheels For All conference saw a fantastic gathering of a number of current WFA centres, participants and prospective new partners. The day included a vast array of fascinating speakers and workshops, giving all involved some real insight into the world of inclusive cycling.
As always, it’s great to get together and showcase the strong work we are engaged with across the national network of Wheels For All centres. But some of the key findings from the day were:
- A real sense of purpose and a gathering momentum to join the national network
- A strong direction of delivery; we have a great product and are key to unleashing the potential of centres to open up inclusive cycling to more people
- A desire to meet more regularly as a network, at least once a year
- Keynote speakers and the workshops were a great opportunity to see examples of good practice and a platform for discussion
We would like to offer a huge thank you to Leicester City Council and Landor for getting us involved in the event. It is fantastic to see inclusive cycling sharing a platform with current cycling strategy on a national scale, and we hope that will continue for many more years to come.
For more images from all three conferences, follow the link:
Why not come along to one of our ‘bite-size’ induction sessions? We are running a number of WFA induction sessions to coincide with our WFA launch at Bisham Abbey, Marlow. Sessions are 2 hours long and aim to give you a brief overview of the benefits of Wheels For All. The induction sessions are an ideal learning platform for carers, support workers, teachers, physios and family members; giving you an induction into the practical and theoretical insights of adapted cycling.
For more information on the induction sessions, please follow the below link:
Cycling Projects are working in partnership with the Active-In Sports Development Team to deliver this exciting Wheels For All project.
The Active-In Sports Development Team are hosted by the Adventure Learning Foundation charity, operating out of the Green Park Activities and Training Centre in Aston Clinton. Using a number of innovative approaches, The Adventure Learning Foundation (ALF) has the desire to be a key beneficiary in offering a portal for young people to develop a wider skill set and self-confidence, through the diverse and valuable experiences they will encounter whilst engaging in one of their many projects.
We have teamed up with the national #ThisGirlCan campaign. And some of our regular Pedal Away riders have given their experience of how joining a Pedal Away ride has helped them lead a healthier, more positive lifestyle.
Follow the link to read Carol’s story:
Or have a look at what Carol has to say about joining Pedal Away:
Want to get more active? Join one of our rides today!