With views of the River Thames, a cycle path and choice of distances, you don’t even need Lycra for the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice Big Bike Ride. It’s time to dust off your bike, pump up your tyres and oil your chain - the fantastic Big Bike Ride is wheeling its way back into the calendar.

You have until 7 October to shape up for the Big Bike Ride, but as a gentle, mostly flat cycle along the River Thames the Big Bike Ride is a great opportunity to get kids, friends and grandparents out on two wheels. The great news is the Big Bike Ride has four starting points; Erith, Thamesmead, Woolwich and Greenwich and a choice of distances ranging from 14 miles to 28 miles, so whatever your level of fitness anyone can take part. However long you pedal for you’ll be raising money for a great local cause and everyone receives a medal at the end.

Augusta Adu, Hospice Community Fundraiser, says: “We are very excited to announce that the ‘Missing Link’ section of the route is finally open this year, so our riders can enjoy a traffic free cycle through Woolwich and onto the Thames Barrier and beyond. “Cycling is such a great way to see the local area and with the Big Bike Ride following the Thames Cycle Path you really get to see our part of South East London in a new way. It is teeming with history, wildlife and interesting quirks. The Big Bike Ride isn’t a race, after all, it’s a great day out with friends and family so why not bring a picnic, and enjoy a day out on two wheels.”

Last year, 360 cyclists raised almost £14,000 to help the Hospice continue to provide specialist end-of-life care to local people. The Hospice needs to raise £5million each year and rely on the local community and fundraising events such as the Big Bike Ride to achieve this.

Click here to register now. The Big Bike Ride is kindly supported by Royal Greenwich Council and Bexley Council who will be providing free Dr Bike checks at the various start locations and throughout the route.