Matt reflects on Big Bike Ride Two
After five days and around 400 miles in the saddle, Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard is back at the County Ground after taking part in Big Bike Ride Two.
Matt and around 75 other riders, including some of the biggest names from the world of cricket took on the challenge to cycle from Truro in Cornwall to the Kia Oval to help raise money for the Professional Cricketers’ Association Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.
“It was hard work,” said Matt. “But the support we had from so many supporters and clubs along the way was amazing. Everyone worked really hard to get through the five days and all those involved should be really proud of themselves. Every day provided us all with a different set of challenges but that was what we wanted and it’s been a real success.”
A strong Somerset contingent took part in the event including Club Captain Marcus Trescothick, Chief Executive Guy Lavender, Head Groundsman Simon Lee and Chairman Andy Nash. 2005 Ashes heroes Geraint Jones, Steve Harmison and other big names such as Darren Gough, Ali Brown, Rob Key, Gavin Hamilton, Gareth Batty, Stuart Meaker, Hamish Marshall, Lydia Greenway, Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont also took part.
Matt expressed his thanks to everyone who donated money or helped the riders along the way: “So many people helped us out along the route in various ways and massive thanks has to go to the clubs and venues both large and small who provided us with food at night and hot drinks on the cold mornings. I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way because to date we have raised over £120,000 for these two great charities, so thank you all so much. There are so many people that we have to thank and I would like to mention Ali Prosser from the PCA who did a huge amount of organisation for the event. We also need to thank Andy Hutchins, all of the outriders, support vehicles and backup people along with Mike Bell who planned the route. Everyone who took part or helped behind the scenes deserves a huge amount of thanks.”
Are plans in the pipeline for Big Bike Ride Three? “Funnily enough after Bike Big Ride One we said it would probably be a one off,” Matt said. “But after a few discussions we said that we had to do a second one. This time though almost as soon as we finished everyone was saying that we have to do a third one, so we could well be back in the saddle again next year! The initial thoughts when the Tom Maynard Trust was set up were that it would be a five year plan and next year will be the fifth year. At the outset we wanted to raise £250,000 over 55 months as 55 was Tom’s playing number at Surrey and we have more than doubled that figure in fundraising. I think that one final Bike Ride in that last year would be fitting. Having said that, the trustees may well get together and extend it for another 55 months but we will talk about that a little further down the line. Essentially some sketchy plans are in place for Big Bike Ride Three, so watch this space!”
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