England Test players Marcus Trescothick, Rob Key, Tim Bresnan, Michael Vaughan, Ashley Giles and Gavin Hamilton, along with our own Matt Maynard, will be getting on their bikes in October to raise money for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust on Big Bike Ride 3.
The first two Big Bike Rides in 2013 and 2015 raised more than £320,000 and this year’s event takes on added significance for the PCA as 2017 is its 50th anniversary. A Legacy Year Appeal has been launched to raise an extra £250,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund. The ride is also likely to be the last such major ride organized and run by the Trust and the PCA.
Big Bike Ride 3 will be launched with a dinner at Warwickshire’s Edgbaston headquarters on October 12 with the riders setting out on their 362-mile journey early the next morning.
Big Bike Ride 3, which is generously sponsored by Full-Time Cover insurance and Sanderson Contracts, will start at Edgbaston on October 13 and travel via Sheffield, the Peak District, the Cheshire Plain, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales to the SSE SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff where Tom Maynard, who died in tragic circumstances in 2012, played his formative cricket and where the Trust set up in his name is based.
The peloton of cricketers, which includes past and current county players, PCA and England and Wales Cricket Board staff, sponsors and cricket fans, will stop off at community cricket clubs along the way, a popular feature of Big Bike Ride 2 in 2015 which linked the recreational and professional games. Four grounds which have staged county cricket – Sheffield Collegiate, Buxton, Lydney and Abergavenny– will be hosting the Big Bike Ride 3 cyclists.
Matt, along with Marcus Trescothick, will be taking part in their third Big Bike Ride and they will again cycle every yard of the 362 mile route, just as they did in 2013 and 2015.
Former Kent captain Key, who is now a Sky Sports commentator, rode the first four days in 2015 but has committed to the full five days this year.
Bresnan, the Yorkshire all-rounder and the county’s PCA representative, will be a first time rider along with Vaughan, a keen cyclist, who will take in the second day which starts at Sheffield Collegiate, the club where his career began, and finishes in Nantwich.
Giles, an Ashes winner under Vaughan’s captaincy in 2005, will ride the fourth day from Worcester’s New Road headquarters to Monmouth School, a route which will take in the Malvern Hills and the Forest of Dean.
Hamilton, the former England and Scotland all-rounder, now works as the PCA’s Business Development Manager and he will be part of a strong PCA contingent which includes Chairman Daryl Mitchell, Chief Executive David Leatherdale and Personal Development and Welfare Managers Mark Wallace, Matthew Wood, Tom Jones and Charlie Mulraine.
Ceri Maynard, Tom’s sister, will be taking part in her first Big Bike Ride while Surrey Chief Executive Richard Gould and Chairman Richard Thompson, also a TMT Trustee, will be among the elite group of cyclists who have ridden in all three. Jamie Porter, the Essex and England Lions seam bowler, who has twice attended the Trust’s Academy in Spain, will also be riding for the full five days.
All proceeds from Big Bike Ride 3 will be shared between the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.
The PCA Benevolent Fund was set up in 2000 and supports past and present cricketers and their immediate family members in times of hardship and upheaval.
Among those already signed up to take part in Big Bike Ride 3 are: Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire and England), Dan Cherry (Glamorgan), Alan Fordham (Northamptonshire), David Fulton (Kent), Ashley Giles (Warwickshire and England), Gavin Hamilton (Yorkshire, Durham, England and Scotland), James Harris (Glamorgan and Middlesex), Rob Key (Kent), David Leatherdale (Worcestershire), Matthew Maynard (Glamorgan and England), Daryl Mitchell (Worcestershire), Alex Morris (Yorkshire and Hampshire), Charlie Mulraine (Warwickshire), Tony Murphy (Lancashire and Surrey), Jamie Porter (Essex), Gareth Rees (Glamorgan), Ian Saxelby (Gloucestershire), Marcus Trescothick (Somerset and England), Mark Wallace (Glamorgan), David Wigley (Yorkshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire), Matthew Wood (Yorkshire and Glamorgan).
The full Big Ride 3 route is:
October 13: Edgbaston to Sheffield Collegiate (Stops at Atherstone CC, Mickleover CC (TBC), South Wingfield CC).
October 14: Sheffield Collegiate to Crewe Vagrants CC (Stops at: Buxton CC, Bollington, Middlewich CC).
October 15: Nantwich to Worcestershire CCC (Stops at Calverhall CC, Broseley CC, Cleobury Mortimer CC).
October 16: Worcester to Monmouth School (Stops at Ledbury CC, Ruardean Hill CC, Lydney CC).
October 17: Monmouth to SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff (Stops at Abergavenny CC, Newbridge CC, St Fagans CC).
There are still a few places left to join the ride, so if you wish to register please go to: http://www.thepca.co.uk/the-big-bike-ride-3.html
Or if you wish to make a donation to support the two charities and the riders, visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/bigbikeride3/386971