Thames Bridges Bike Ride

Thames Bridges Bike Ride – 1st October 2017

The Stroke Association has been organising the Thames Bridges Bike Ride since 1996 when 400 participants raised £20,000.  Since 1996 this event has raised over £1 million for The Stroke Association.


Andrew Allum started the bike ride in 1993.  His father suffered a massive stroke in 1991 which left him with Dysphasia and unable to work.  This changed the whole family’s life and Andrew came back from Australia to take care of his Dad.  As a result of this he decided he wanted to raise money for The Stroke Association, so Andrew and six friends decided to get on their bikes and cycle over all of the Thames Bridges in London.  He repeated this ride in 1994 and 1995, where there were 50 riders.

Over the years the bridges have varied, this is all dependant on maintenance works and road closures on the approach to the bridges but have been around 16 each year.

In 2012 they introduced an extended route for the more serious cyclist and an 8 mile family route.  Both of the additional routes are on the same day, same times and will all end up at the same finish, the only difference is the start for the shorter route and diversions to find extra mileage for the extended.

From their new event hub alongside the Thames at Kings House Sports Ground, Chiswick, you can take on the brand new 5535 or 8-mile circular cycle routes. They’ll lead you through London, taking in world-famous landmarks, crossing iconic and beautiful Thames Bridges.

Back at the event hub you’ll get your well-deserved finishers’ medal before joining the team for entertainment. You can take advantage of the catering facilities, meet up with family or friends, or just relax and take a breather.

  • Chipped timing and race numbers
  • Commemorative Thames Bridges Bike Ride t-shirt
  • Fully signed routes with support vehicles (mechanical and medical!)
  • Mobile app providing full event details
  • GPX files of the route
  • Snack stop
  • Finishers medal
  • Post-event entertainment
  • Regular training emails
  • Fundraising pack and ideas


If you have any questions about the event, please email [email protected] or call 0300 330 0740

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