Book dinner date with Ashes legends in North Devon and help Big Bike Ride 2

Big Bike Ride 2North Devon Cricket Club is hosting a fund-raising dinner for the Big Bike Ride Appeal when the peloton passes through Instow later this year.

The first Big Bike Ride in 2013 hit the £200,000 mark in support of the Professional Cricketers Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.

Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard, club captain Marcus Trescothick and fellow 2005 Ashes legends Andrew Flintoff, Michael Vaughan and Steve Harmison are among the peddlers signed up for all five days of the ride who will be calling at North Devon CC.

This year’s ride, which leaves Truro on October 9 heading for the Kia Oval via Devon, Somerset, Hampshire and Surrey, has a £400,000 target.

Matt Maynard, who was batting coach during the 2005 Ashes, will be joined by several England stars from the series for Big Bike Ride 2
Matt Maynard, who was batting coach during the 2005 Ashes, will be joined by several England stars from the series for Big Bike Ride 2

The riders – are stopping off in Instow at the end of day one and will dine in the cricket club pavilion that night before setting off on the next leg of their journey to Taunton.

Proceeds from the dinner will be shared between the Big Bike Ride’s nominated charities, North Devon CC and the David Shepherd Cricket Trust.

Tables of 10 cost £400, although North Devon CC members will get a 10 per cent discount if they book a table.

A cricket celebrity taking part in the ride will be seated at each table.

To book a table, contact Colin Payne on email via

The David Shepherd Cricket Trust is keen to support clubs deliver youth coaching at all age groups and levels of ability. Fund-raising events are held throughout the year to support the work of the Trust. Membership of the Trust is open to clubs and individuals. To join, or to find out more about the Trust and its work, visit

Marcus Trescothick scored 76 on day 3         Photograph by Alexander Davidson
You could be having dinner with Marcus Trescothick or one of the other heroes of England’s 2005 Ashes victory. Photograph by Alexander Davidson

The PCA Benevolent Fund is part of the Association’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship and upheaval to readjust to the world beyond the game.

The Fund also supports players and their dependants who might be in need of a helping hand with medical advice, a much-needed operation or those who require specialist advice, care or assistance.

The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in the summer of 2012 following Tom’s tragic death.

Its initial objectives were to try to provide low level financial support for young cricketers making their way in the game.

This has now been expanded to include:

  • grants for aspiring young sports people looking for support with different aspects of their career development
  • education and awareness programmes
  • The Tom Maynard Academy at the Desert Springs complex in Southern Spain where up to 14 emerging county cricketers benefit each year from specialist technical and conditioning work
  • a scholarship at Tom’s old school, Millfield.

How to support and donate to Big Bike Ride 2

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The ride for all five days is now full, although it is possible to join as day riders on each leg. For more information or to put your name down on the reserve list, or to register for any leg, contact or call 0808 1684 655.

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For more information about the PCA Benevolent Fund go to