The 2024 “Nearly There” will start at 1pm (approximately) on Sunday 12th May 2024. Starting times will be confirmed closer to the date.
From the Oxfordshire market town of Thame, via cycle paths and country lanes, this is a 15-mile route to Islip via Shabbington and the ancient moorland of Charlton-on-Otmoor.
Starting outside the Thame Town Hall, the route is timed to coincide with the arrival in Islip of the first riders on the Big Bike Ride.
The Big Bike Ride welcomes those who cycle regularly as well as those looking simply for a fun family day out. There will be refreshment stops and support en route, a party atmosphere at the finish, and a commemorative gift.
Your registration fee covers administration, refreshments both en route and at the finish, finish line gift, and free physiotherapy for riders. Costs are subsidised by our sponsors and the profits will benefit the two organising charities (Friends of Dr South’s School, and St Nicholas’ Church).
Some first-aid support will be available on the ride, and mechanical support will be provided en route.
Route downloads will be available to registered riders in TCX and GPX format.
Fundraising (with Prizes!)
This is a fundraising event, and we strongly encourage all riders to seek sponsorship to further benefit the charities supported by the ride.
Whoever raises the most on JustGiving will receive a Magnum Lauren Perrier champagne from The Swan Inn and the second most will be rewarded with a treatment session from Clinic on the Green. (Note: Both offers must be accepted by an adult over 18 years, if the winner is a minor.)
Finish Line Raffle
Join in our Finish Line Raffle. There are some fantastic prizes on offer from our sponsors, local businesses, and community members – including £100 and £50 vouchers from The Swan Inn in Islip and treatments from Clinic on the Green.
This is a ticket for those under 16 years of age on the day of the ride. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. An over-16’s ticket is available. We will contact you after your purchase to ask for details for the rider(s), including name and age.
Finish Line Gift
Riders may receive a commemorative mug (adults) or a water bottle (children) at the finish line in Islip. Please let us know if the rider / riders would not like to receive a gift.