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Red Kite Ride 2018

A short video of the start of last year’s Red Kite Ride .

Every year, Marlow Riders host a sportive, the Marlow Red Kite Ride.  This year it will take place on Sunday 2nd September with all proceeds going to charity.  Registration opens on Tuesday 27 March.

The Red Kite Ride offers 50, 80, and 100 and mile routes, with all the support you would expect from a top sportive such as:

  • Routes through the Chilterns with the longer route heading into the Vale of Aylesbury
  • Well spaced stations with snacks, water and energy drinks (three for the 100 mile route, two for the 80 miler and one for the 50 miler)
  • Free off-site parking
  • Showers and changing rooms at the start
  • Full electronic timing
  • Electronic route guides
  • Refreshments at the start and finish
  • Event photographer
  • Starting and finishing at Marlow Sports Club, with easy access to the M4 and M40

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PRESS RELEASE – 4 September 2017

Marlow Red Kite Ride attracts record entries and welcomes former pop star Andrew Ridgeley

The Marlow Red Kite Ride sportive which took place yesterday, Sunday 3 September 2017, attracted a record number of entries including cycling enthusiast and former pop star Andrew Ridgeley. After a fine start to the day which was perfect cycling weather, almost 700 riders enjoyed the all new 50, 80 and 100 mile routes and crossed the finishing line with big smiles, despite the soggy end to the day. Listed by Cycling Weekly as one of the top ten sportives near London, this is the sixth year of this popular event which attracted entrants from as far a field as Newcastle and Cornwall.

On completing the 80 mile route with a group of friends, having stopped for a pub lunch on the way, Andrew Ridgeley commented, “I’d like to thank the Marlow Riders for putting on this great event. The route through the Chilterns was beautiful, the marshaling and signage were excellent and there is an obvious attention to detail. We thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Red Kite Ride – the friendly sportive

The Red Kite Ride, which is run by Marlow Riders aims to raise money for cycling related charities. This year the nominated charities are Marlow Sports Club, which provides facilities for a range of sports for 2000 people of all ages and abilities, and Wheels for All, based at Bisham, which provides adapted bikes for disabled children and adults. Early indications are that monies raised this year will exceed previous years donations. The raffle which is run on the day by Marlow Riders’ Chair Chris Heath has raised a record £2375.

Other charities taking part in the Red Kite Ride were a group of cyclists supporting Myeloma UK, which provides help to patients with blood cancer and a group promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. Local cyclist, Andy Esson took on the Red Kite Ride in preparation for the Duchenne Dash, an epic ride from London to Paris in 24 hours, in support of Duchenne UK, which funds research and provides support to families of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most aggressive form of muscular dystrophy, a muscle wasting condition. He commented, “This is the second year that I’ve ridden the Red Kite Ride, it is always a well run event, clearly run by cyclists for cyclists.”

Coin Lavis, Event Director for the Marlow Red Kite Ride added, “In a market where there are now a lot of different sportives to choose from, we are delighted that once again the Red Kite Ride was completely sold out in advance. We’d like to thank everyone that took part including loyal participants that come year after year, and those joining us for the first time.

Chris Heath, Chair of Marlow Riders added; “Once again, we are expecting to raise a significant amount for our chosen charities. To date the Red Kite Ride has raised £34,000. I’d like to thank Colin and his team, and all the volunteers from Marlow Riders that helped organise and run this, our showcase event, that spotlights Marlow and the beautiful countryside that we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.”


About Marlow Sports Club

One of the nominated charities for 2017 is Marlow Sports Club (MSC) where Marlow Riders is based. MSC is a registered charity that provides the opportunity to take part in sport to over 2,000 people every week. To secure the future of this valuable sporting facility for the people of Marlow, the club is looking to expand and upgrade its amenities, providing additional space for more sports and including wheel chair access and better changing facilities.

Saved from redevelopment only a few short years ago, a donation from the Red Kite Ride will make a significant contribution to safeguarding local sport for all, and to help build a cycling community in Marlow for generations to come.



13 June 2017

Marlow Wheels for All receives £9,000 donation from Marlow Red Kite Ride
Popular local cycling sportive generates cash to keep disabled youngsters and adults pedalling at Bisham Marlow Riders, the cycling club that organises the iconic Red Kite Ride, presented a cheque for £9,000 to Marlow Wheels for All, at its recent Annual General Meeting.
Based at Bisham, Wheels for All is a charity that provides adapted bikes for children and adults, enabling those with, in some cases, severe disabilities to enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that comes from riding a bike.
The Marlow Ride Kite Ride, an annual event taking place in September, is listed by Cycling Weekly as one of the top ten sportives near London. The ride which
comprises three routes, 50, 80 and 100 miles, takes riders through the picturesque countryside of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Matthew Wing, who accepted the cheque for Wheels for All commented; “On behalf of all the children and adults that benefit from the Wheels for All cycling facility at Bisham, I would like to say a heart felt thank you to Marlow Riders for your support.
Our adapted cycles give people with a range of disabilities the chance to enjoy cycling.  “While Wheels for All benefits from some funding, we are increasingly reliant on donations and local fund raising efforts. This is a very generous donation from Marlow Riders and the Red Kite Ride, and will make a huge difference to the work
we are able to do with disabled youngsters and adults.”
Colin Lavis, Sportive Director for the Red Kite Ride commented; “The Red Kite Ride was established to encourage cyclists to enjoy the beautiful countryside around Marlow and the Chilterns, while at the same time raising money for cycling related charities. We are delighted to help Wheels for All and would like to thank everyone that took part in what is becoming one of the sporting events of the year for Marlow,
and those that donated so generously on the day.”
The AGM for Marlow Riders took place on 6 June at the Marlow Sports Club. Long time chairman Rod Woodland stood down, and is replaced by Chris Heath, who is also a founding member of the club, and has worked closely with Rod over the years.
Rod said; “Over the last five years we have created a cycling club to be proud of based on the simple ethos of ‘Cycling for All’ which is in our DNA. With a flourishing membership of over 200 riders and 30%+ female members we are doing something right in encouraging anyone that wants to cycle!
Chris Heath, the new chairman of Marlow Riders commented; “I am delighted to be taking over the role of chairman of this great club, and whilst I know that Rod will be a hard act to follow, I will certainly do my best to ensure that we continue to build on the very strong foundations we have in place today, whilst maintaining our ethos of ‘Cycling for All’.”
The 2017 Red Kite Ride takes place on Sunday 3 September, and is now open for entries For more details please visit:

Notes to Editors:
About Marlow Wheels for All
The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.
There are over 80 centres, all of which are equipped with specially adapted cycles and Wheels for All trained leaders, who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles for participants to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
The Bisham Abbey centre is open this year on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm till 28th October 2017. For more information please visit


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Press contact: Andreina West, Marlow Riders, 01491 613440,