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We are sorry to have to advise you that this year’s Sams Ride has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to an increase in the threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

We have been carefully monitoring government advice but, with the forecast from their medical advisers that the peak of Coronavirus will be during the next 12 weeks, we consider it would be irresponsible to allow the SAMS Ride event to go ahead on Sunday 7th June. British Cycling, under whose jurisdiction the event is promoted, have already announced a suspension on all events held under their rules until 30th April, with a review of a possible extension beyond that date.
We realise that this will disappoint many of you, but I am sure you will agree that public health and safety is paramount.

We are full intending that Sams Ride WILL go ahead next year, with a provisional date of Sunday 6th June 2021 and we hope to see you then.

The Samaritans continue to play a vital role and this will be especially important in the coming months, particularly with self-isolation being a real challenge for those living alone who need support. The Salisbury branch still needs to raise vital funds this year and any support that you can give will be gratefully received.

If you have already entered for the 2020 event, you may donate your entry fee for this year, defer it to next year, request a refund (by 30th April) or alternatively if you have not yet entered but would like to make a donation, please click on one of the boxes below:

Order your high quality SAMS RIDE cycle jersey HERE
Sams Ride is an annual very friendly, non-competitive charity Cycle Sportive in aid of the Samaritans of Salisbury and District  that is now recognised as one of the premier charity cycle sportives  in the Hampshire and Wiltshire region. This year's event, our 6th Sams Ride, will take place on Sunday 7th June 2020 with upwards of 750 entries. We have raised nearly £125,000 of vital funds that keep your local branch of the Samaritans open, so please support us by entering and riding, donating or sponsoring or by volunteering, on the day.

Our Cycle Sportive includes the following:

  • Three signed courses for 100, 50 and 25 miles through scenic countryside. Designated .gpx map files are available for download
  • Riders under 18 must sign a parental consent form which can be downloaded here
  • Rest and refuel stations at regular intervals with free refreshments and toilets
  • Event public liability insurance: Riders are encouraged to have their own personal insurance (covered by certain categories of British Cycing Membership)
  • Ride HQ: Start and finish point with:
    • Registration desk for all participants to collect a rider pack that includes
      • Wristband for participant identification
      • Laminated bike number and ties
    • Car Parking
    • Tented registration cover
    • Coffee/Tea/Breakfast (self-purchase)
    • Male and female toilet and changing facilities
    • Water on tap
    • First Aid station
    • Bicycle stand racking
    • Mechanical support
  • On course
    • Marshalls at key crossing points
    • Good route signage with hazard markings
    • Feed stations with male and female toilets
    • Cycle repair and support 
    • Emergency support and First Aid
    • On course photography
    • Broom wagon to sweep up stranded riders
  • Post finish
    • Post-race hot meal (Included in entry fee)
    • Event memento and medal
    • Post event bar
Thank you to all of our helpers, supporters and riders - Sams Ride would not happen without you! If you would like to be involved in Sams Ride either as a sponsor or a helper with the event, please contact
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