Ride for pride is an event that has been going for 3 years, starting in 2012. It has now become an established and significant fund raiser for Pride. Having raised over £4,000 for Pride so far!



This year on June 14th at 10am, we began in Farringdon Park, taking in Lydiard Park, Coate water and Stanton Park and ended for a well-earned refreshment at the Mailcoach. The 26 mile ride took in some of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside surrounding Swindon.  Riders have commented that it has given them the opportunity to see parts of Swindon they have never seen. The route varies slightly from year to year but is always planned to minimise road cycling and avoiding too many steep hills. It was therefore designed to be challenging but accessible to riders of all abilities.



It’s intended to be a fun ride not a race and is a great opportunity to get some exercise, see the surrounding area and help raise much needed funds for Pride at the same time.


This year we had 13 riders (including three who tagged along for the ride on vintage bikes). Everyone met at 11am on a glorious sunny Sunday morning. One or two of the riders were experienced long distance cyclists but most were more casual cyclists, some who had never done this type of distance before. So people were able to set off on the first leg to Lydiard at their own pace with Pride committee members taking the lead and back to ensure nobody got lost! The first leg was completed quickly, within 40 minutes, even beating the support car, which arrived in time to supply everyone with choc-ices, water and other refreshments.


After a brief rest (and one puncture fixed) it was back on the saddle for the next leg back into town and a brief stop at the Town Gardens before setting off for Coate Water and then the longest leg out to Stanton Park. After another pit stop it was then time for the last leg back into town and the finishing line at the Mailcoach, arriving at about 3.30pm, where participants were welcomed back and able to rest their tired legs with a pint and burger, and enjoy entertainment whilst basking in the warm glow of having achieved a personal goal and helping to contribute to making pride happen! The event this year has raised sponsorship of over £1200 towards our 2015 event.


One participant, Jayden, who previous had only cycled about two miles said “I found the whole experience exhilarating. I won't lie it was very hard and took all the will power I have to complete. It was a fantastic route with all varieties of terrain and thoroughly enjoyable. I have no questions on doing it again, although I will make sure I train for it next time.”

Ride for pride will be back in 2016, keep an eye on the Facebook page and website for details about this and the practice rides, in the meantime if anyone is interesting in setting up a regular cycling group, several people have expressed an interest in this so contact us at volunteerswpride@hotmail.com and we will be happy to help you coordinate this.


Swindon Borough Council
Wiltshire Council