We raised over £155,000! The 2012 Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride was held on Saturday 8 September on a wonderful warm and sunny day. It was in competition with many other events in the county, with the Round Britain Bike Race in Suffolk the next day, so it was very pleasing to see so many people of all ages cycling around the churches of Suffolk. – 728 of which were open and manned.
If you took part by riding, sponsoring or welcoming at churches then thank you very much – your efforts will help protect and preserve the wonderful buildings that have been at the heart of our communities for generations.
If it was the first time you took part we hope you enjoyed it and it becomes an annual event for you – it is always held on the second Saturday of September
We want to make it easier for people to get involved with the sponsored bike ride by listing cycle hire companies in Suffolk on this website - and there is no charge to the shops..... it is free! If you would like to be included, or have a suggestion we need:
If you are a cycle hire company we would love to hear from you - and perhaps you would print off a poster to put up for us? Click here.Suffolk Cycle Hire CompaniesALTON: http://www.altoncyclehire.co.uk 01473 328873IPSWICH: Bicycle Doctor & Hire Service, 18, Bartholomew Street, Ipswich, IP4 2RP 01473 356798 http://www.bicycledoctor.gbr.fm 07887 788972 or 01473 259853BUNGAY: http://www.outneymeadow.co.uk 01986 892338 (adult bikes only)SAXMUNDHAM: http://www.saxwhitehart.co.uk/Electric-Bike-Hire-Saxmundham.php 01728 602009 (48 hours notice essential)FELIXSTOWE: Alford Bros, 119-121 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7BL 01394 331694 WRENTHAM: http://cedarcycles.com 01502 675473DISS: http://www.madgettscycles.co.uk 01379 650419DISS: http://www.thecycleshack.co.uk 01379 641212
So what is the Bike Ride all about?
The Annual Sponsored Bike Ride is a National event (in some counties known as "Ride and Stride") and every second Saturday in September cyclists all round the Country are out making money for their local County Churches Trust.
The idea started in Suffolk, and consistently Suffolk has headed the table of funds raised. The Bike Ride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs.
The ride is run entirely by volunteers and is inter-denominational with cyclists invited to seek sponsors who will undertake to pay an agreed sum of money for each place of worship visited by the cyclist between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. on the Bike Ride Day. The money raised by each participant is shared equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the place of worship nominated by the cyclist. As important as the cyclists, are the many volunteers who give up the day to man the churches and chapels and sign in the cyclists as they arrive. Hundreds of places of worship are manned during the day and that takes quite a team of volunteers! It is a real community effort that is the lifeblood of the Trust.