No Wigan Bike Ride in 2024

It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that the Develop UK Wigan Bike Ride for Joining Jack will not take place in 2024.

We want to thank everyone who has been a part of this fantastic event over the past seven years since our inaugural event in 2017 and whose continuing and unwavering support allowed our event to thrive despite a global pandemic.

Your continued support allowed us to return to the road in 2021 as one of the first mass participation events in the north west and has seen the event raise almost £170,000 for our organising charity Joining Jack.

Unfortunately, our organising charity has faced a number of demands on staff numbers and committed hours and Team JJ feel we are no longer in a position to stage the event this year.

We are confident that the event will return as strong if not stronger in summer 2025 and we will of course update you all with the all-important date and registration links as soon as we have them.

Thank you again from everyone at Wigan Bike Ride HQ and Joining Jack.

The Wigan Bike Ride Team

Principle Sponsor



The inaugural Wigan Bike Ride which took place in 2017 was a huge success and we are thrilled to have our principle sponsor Develop on board with us again. We are delighted to have their support once more for the ride and thank them enormously for everything they do for us with the charity organisers Joining Jack and to get #wiganonwheels.

Associate Sponsors

Blue Sjy Plumbing

Event Partners

Joining Jack
Michelle Charnock Photographer
Wigan Council
Inspiring healthy lifestyles
Fylde Coast Running


Thank you for joining Jack and helping to make a difference

PHEW! What a day! How great was it to be at Mesnes Park on Sunday for the magnificent 7th Develop UK Wigan Bike Ride!

And we are delighted to reveal that Sunday's event has raised an incredible £18,500 for our awesome organising charity Joining Jack!

A huge thank you to everyone who took part on the day, whether you conquered the Hardcore or Highway 50 mile Main Ride or took on the challenge of the 5 miles of the famous Family Ride, or came along to support riders and Team JJ. It was an incredible day, in soaring temperatures and a pretty hot final total for Team JJ!

An all-star line-up of JJ Legends took their place on the start line for the 50 Mile Hardcore route alongside Alex and Andy Johnson, Jack's mum and dad, with our flying front man Ewan Dowes, former Wigan Warriors' favourites Steve Hampson and Mick Cassidy, and Super League stars Wayne Godwin and Stephen Wild in the line-up. We also had former Wigan and England captain Sean O'Loughlin supporting us on the morning to support some of his former team mates.

Once again it was one of our very own JJ Legends, Ewan Dowes who led the riders back in the sunshine in a time of 2hrs 29mins 29secs. In fact it was a repeat of the 2022 first three crossing the line together with Wigan Wheelers' Adam Taylor and Jack Unsworth alongside him.

Our very own Jack Johnson led the charge in the Family Ride along with around 200 other riders with supporting mums, dads, aunties, uncles and grans and granddads). Thomas Unsworth was back first in a time 16mins 33secs and for the first time at our event, we had our lovely friend Chris Milow setting riders off and then welcoming them back with a shout out!

This year's total has quite astonishingly taken us to more than £168,000 raised for Team JJ since our inaugural ride back in 2017. A fantastic effort from everyone involved!

We are just about recovering at Bike Ride HQ and looking at the calendar to confirm a date for 2024 for our epic 8th ride when we hope to get close to that £200,000 milestone! Watch this space and our social media for details.

We are absolutely thrilled to reveal that our super 6th Develop Wigan Bike Ride has raised a fantastic £16,000 for Joining Jack!

More than 350 riders signed up to take part in either the 50 Mile Main Hardcore and Highway routes, and the returning 5 Mile Family Ride at the weekend, with hundreds more cheering them on at Mesnes Park HQ and along the routes.

Thank you to all our amazing sponsors, event partners, volunteers, riders and supporters for all their fantastic efforts to make Sunday another incredible event for Team JJ - roll on the magnificent 7th! ... watch this space folks for details of our 2023 Event.

For the first time ever we are excited to bring you one fantastic medal which all finishers of the 50 mile main ride AND the 5 mile family ride will receive!

Featuring a spinning centre, principle sponsor and organising charity this is our favourite bike ride bling to date! Will you be adding to your collection?

Save your seat today to reserve yours...

50 mile ride medal for 2022
5 mile ride medal for 2022

We love the design for this years Official Develop Uk Wigan Bike Ride Jersey!

You can join Jack and James and show support for our organising Charity Joining Jack by ordering yours when you register for either the 50 mile main or 5 mile family ride, or you an place a separate order on the website of our event partner and Jersey designer -

We're excited to see lots of you rocking this awesome red number on June 19.

And registration is officially ... OPEN!

We are absolutely thrilled to confirm that the 6th Develop UK Wigan Bike Ride for Joining Jack! will return in 2022 and registration is OPEN!

Following the successful return of our 5th ride in the summer, raising a sensational £17,000 for Team JJ, we are delighted to set the date for our Super 6th event on SUNDAY, JUNE 19th, 2022.

After 2020's virtual ride due to the global COVID pandemic, and this year's relocation to Ashfield Park, next year's event will see us return to our original venue at Mesnes Park.

We are planning to repeat the HARDCORE or HIGHWAY routes which proved a huge success this summer, and we are also offering a Virtual Entry at a slightly discounted rate for any riders who are unable to join us on the day or who may not meet the age criteria or fancy completing 50 miles in one go.

And we are super excited to be confirm that next year's event will also mark the return of our famous 5 Mile Family Ride! This will also take place on Sunday, June 19th, on completely closed roads, and will start and finish at Mesnes Park. There are no ages restriction and we invite adults to ride for FREE with a registered child. Save your place HERE!

Please note the change in date following a previous announcement earlier this week with a different date. Along with our event partners, the Wigan Bike Ride team have taken the decision to bring next year's event forward by two weeks after it was confirmed that our original date would clash with the Ironman event and the logistics involved meant this is no longer possible.

The new date for the 6th Wigan Bike Ride is Sunday, June 19th, 2022.

The Johnsons

Join Team JJ's Fundraising Campaign

We are absolutely thrilled to be back with our first flagship fundraising event since the start of the pandemic, and we’re counting down the days to July 10.

We hope you like our idea of a two route event and whether it’s Hardcore or Highway we just wanted to say thank you for registering and supporting Joining Jack.

Our event is now live on Just Giving along with a specialist fundraising campaign for this year’s ride. If you are raising money for Joining Jack you can join your Just Giving page to the campaign.

Last year's Virtual Ride helped us smash through the £100,000 fundraising barrier since our event launched back in 2017, and we are hoping this year to make some serious strides towards another big milestone to helps to fund vital research and clinical posts that offer hope to ALL boys living with Duchenne.

We will be in touch through our newsletter, social media and via the event website with a final update before the big day but just wanted to give you a heads up about this year’s campaign.

Andy and Alex are stepping up their training and Jack and James can’t wait to see everyone again.

Thanks again for signing, loads of luck for the ride, see you all on the 10th!

Ride with pride in the 2021 Team JJ Jersey

Introducing the official Joining Jack Wigan Bike Ride cycle shirt

We are absolutely thrilled to unveil this year's official Team JJ cycle shirt supporting our organising charity Joining Jack!

Sporting a retro look with the original Team JJ trio of colours, the jersey is a nod to the original Joining Jack rugby shirts from the charity's launch back in 2012 and also complements this year's brilliant bling.

We are delighted to confirm that we will once again have an awesome team of JJ Legends sporting Team JJ's colours in this year's Ride with the likes of back-to-back Man of Steel winner Paul Sculthorpe and Wigan RLFC legends Gary Connolly, Mick Cassidy and Steve Hampson, lining up to take on this year's hardcore challenge.

A huge thank you to our awesome sponsors who feature on this year's Bike Ride Ride jersey, our title sponsors Develop UK who have been with Joining Jack from the beginning and whose support has allowed us to stage our event, along with our associate sponsors, Bluesky Plumbing, Fleetsmart, and our official event photographer Michelle Charnock Photographer. We also want to give a big shout out to our jersey designers and event partners ADM Direct for putting together another fantastic Joining Jack Wigan Bike Ride official jersey - we can't wait to see everyone sporting Team JJ's colours on July 10th.

The official Team JJ Bike Ride jersey is available to order on registration HERE or separately from ADM Direct HERE.

2021 Team JJ jersey
2021 ride medal

Bring home the Bling at the 5th Wigan Bike Ride

We are back in 2021! Have you booked your seat to join Jack in July?

We are delighted to be back with the 5th Wigan Bike Ride, sponsored by Develop UK, on Saturday, July 10th, and we can now unveil this year's brilliant bling!

After missing out on last year's 4th event, and staging a Virtual Ride for our organising charity Joining Jack, we are so excited to be back and absolutely thrilled with the design for this year's medal by our event partners ADM Direct. Fancy getting your hands on one of these? Save your seat here!

The World on Wheels is back!

We were incredibly touched by the response to our Virtual Wigan Bike Ride last year, with riders from all over the world taking part, and raising a fabulous £10,000 for Team JJ. So much so that we have decided to add a Virtual Option to this year's registration.

So, if you can't join us on the July 10, there is also a Virtual Option on our registration page here at the reduced fee of £20. All you have to do is complete your 50 miles in one ride or a number of rides, and email your evidence to us at by July 10. Your medal will then be posted out to you following our live event. So whether you are joining Jack on July 10 or taking part virtually, we can't wait to see or hear from you.

  • Registration for the 2021 Wigan Bike Ride will close earlier than usual (midnight Wednesday, June 30th) to allow the Bike Ride team to comply with all COVID guidelines.
  • All ridepacks will be posted out ahead of the event - beginning in mid-June.

Thank you for Joining Jack!

Wow! What a fantastic few weeks for our FIRST EVER Develop UK Virtual Wigan Bike Ride.

We have had an amazing response to our decision to stage this year's event as a Virtual Ride and we are delighted to confirm that with just short of 300 riders taking part, we have raised a terrific £10,000 for our organising charity Joining Jack.

We just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU from everyone at Team JJ and say well done to all our awesome riders on completing their 50 miles!

With so many major events cancelled or re-scheduled this year due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines surrounding mass participation events, we are absolutely thrilled with the response to our Virtual Ride.

Since the inaugural Wigan Bike Ride back in 2017, we had previously raised £95,000 for Joining Jack and had set ourselves a target of £5,000 to hit the £100,000 mark. We have well and truly smashed and doubled that figure that is all down to YOU!

There have been so many fantastic individual and team efforts from everyone involved with riders of all ages from all the world taking part to support Team JJ.

Everyone has earned their official Ride T-shirt and medal from our sponsors Develop UK and medal, featuring JJ, The Duchenne Destroyer, from Joining Jack. These have now been posted out so keep an eye out, we hope you like them - you have definitely earned them!

Dear riders,

It is with a heavy heart that we are informing you that the 2020 Develop UK Wigan Bike Ride due to take place on Sunday, July 5 is cancelled.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we suspended registration in March for this year's event. We have now taken the decision to cancel the 2020 event.

As a charity, we had been forced to cancel our first flagship fundraising event of the year, the Run Wigan Festival in March. At the time we also took the decision to suspend registration for this year's ride to give us more time to consider the Government guidelines and take a step back as we followed closely the aftermath and implications of the Government lockdown.

We had hoped to be able to reopen registration and pick up plans for this year's event once social distancing guidelines were relaxed.

Unfortunately, given the current climate and the strict restrictions still in place, we have been unable to do this and so this week took the difficult decision to cancel.

But we have a plan ... introducing the 2020 Virtual Wigan Bike Ride

After consultation with our Charity Trustees, we have decided to stage the 2020 ride as our FIRST EVER VIRTUAL RIDE! And we want you to be part of it!

As a charity we have been pretty devastated by the cancellation of not only our own flagship events but of the hundreds of other events which our amazing JJ Army take part in.

We love seeing everyone donning their Team JJ colours for the Bike Ride so we thought this would be the perfect way to bring everyone together - virtually speaking - and get Wigan on Wheels sporting their Team JJ colours once again.

Here's how it will work:

  • All riders registered up to March 22 for this year's Wigan Bike Ride will be automatically transferred to the 2020 Virtual Wigan Bike Ride.
  • From July 5 to July 31, you can complete a 50 Mile bike ride. This can either be the traditional Wigan Bike Ride route * (available on our website HERE) or a 50 Mile route of your choice.
  • This can be completed in one ride or in a number of smaller rides to complete the 50 mile total - 10 miles over 5 days, 5 miles over 10 days, or even 2 miles over 25!
  • All we ask is that you email evidence of your completed ride - this can be a Strava screenshot, a picture of you in your Team JJ colours, or a short video, to and we would love you to tag both our event and Joining Jack in any social media post using the hashtag #wiganonwheels
  • Everyone who completes the 2020 Virtual Wigan Bike Ride will receive a special edition Joining Jack Develop UK Virtual Wigan Bike Ride T-shirt and Joining Jack medal - to be posted out w/b August 9.

As a registered rider:

  • All riders who signed up to our event before registration was suspended in March will receive a 50% discount for the 2021 Wigan Bike Ride.
  • All riders who ordered a Team JJ 2020 Bike Ride Jersey will also receive a full refund for the cost of the jersey as we have been unable to produce these during lockdown. They will be contacted separately to arrange this (PLEASE NOTE: The official 50 Mile Wigan BIke route WILL NOT be signposted)

We are absolutely thrilled to reveal that the 3rd Develop UK Wigan Bike Ride has so far raised a fantastic £35,000 for our organising charity Joining Jack!

This a RECORD amount for the event following our launch back in 2017, which will help fund vital research and clinical posts to make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of boys living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

We want to say an enormous well done and thank you to everyone who took part in Sunday's event and helped to raise this phenomenal amount for TeamJJ - you rock!

#TeamJJ #makeadifference #thebestsupporters #wiganonwheels

What a fantastic day! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us to set up, volunteered throughout the day, manned the water stations and supported our fantastic riders! Thank you to more than 450 riders who registered for our 50 mile main ride and to more than 100 who registered for the Family 5 Miles. You were super!

We had a group of super 6 riders back at virtually the same time in 2 hours and 27 minutes, including our JJ legend Ewan Dowes and JJ supporter Darren Harrison from Starcom. Well done guys! All of our riders on Sunday should have received their times to the mobile number given when registering but if you would like to double check, here's the link to the TIMES.

After a worrying weather report in the week, the sun shone down on us and the rain stayed off for the whole day! Woo! Mesnes Park was super busy with lots of our riders and their families enjoying our pizza’s from the Stone Bakers, taking turns on the juicer bike and having a go on the climbing wall! The introduction of Jelly Babies along with the bananas and water on the feed stations were a huge hit so we will have more of them for you guys next year.

We have had some lovely feedback from our riders. Scott Robinson, who took part on the day said, "A great event. A great course. Getting better every year. superb!" and one of our wonderful Joining Jack supporters Rob Bricout posted, "Well organised, wonderful cause, great community spirit, nice course." Thanks so much guys, we love seeing your positive responses to our events.

Remember, if you’ve ridden for Joining Jack and raised at least £100, you’ll be entered into our fabulous prize draw to win a Garmin 530 and a Varia. If you’re doing paper sponsors, please let us know by 07.07.19 on so that we can enter you into the raffle. Still a week to go to get sponsorship following your massive 50 mile effort!

Please keep your eye out for next year’s date and registration opening.

We are absolutely thrilled to confirm that we will be offering registration on the day at this year’s 3rd Develop UK Wigan Bike Ride.

To register please goto:

Joining Jack Info Desk, Mesnes Park
8-9am, Sunday, June 30th

Main Ride £25 Family Ride £15


#joinjackonjune30 #wiganonwheels

Following the 2018 fires at Rivington, the 50 mile route for the Wigan Bike Ride was changed to the back-up route. We had some feedback from this that it was even better than the original, therefore we have decided to keep this route for the 2019 ride.

Please see the link below for the plot-a-route guide:

The all-important bling and limited edition cycle jersey 2018!

You could look as smart as Jack if you got your hands on one of our limited edition Joining Jack cycle jerseys.

These are available at cost price if you register for the Wigan Bike Ride 2019.

Sign up before the 17th May to guarantee your size. Jerseys are also available on our website while stocks last.

Jack Johnson in 2019 Cycle Jersey 2019 Cycle Jersey and Medal

We are delighted to confirm that our lovely friends from the Gearing Up Bikes team will once again be joining us.

They will be on hand to to look after any last minute checks on our riders' bikes.

The team are also offering our riders the chance to get a pre-event FREE MOT on their two wheels ahead of the big day.

Either head along to the meet the team at the Brick Fest Street Party on June 16 or call 01942 417290, or email to make an appointment.

WOW! What an incredible first ever Wigan Bike Ride!

Sunday July 2nd, marked our first ever Wigan Bike Ride, sponsored by our fab friends at Develop and it really was a day to remember!

Thank you so much for being a part of it. We had 670 riders registered on the day across our 50 Mile Main and 5 Mile Family routes and we think every single one of them helped pedalled their way to making this a perfect day. Even the weather came out to see our riders off from the sun-drenched Mesnes Park start line and welcome them back home - however long they took!

We are still doing the sums for our organising charity Joining Jack but we are confident that the event has raised an incredible £30,000, a phenomenal achievement in our inaugural year.

We are already in talks about staging next year's event which we would love to make even bigger and better and perhaps even top this year's numbers with 1,000 riders on the day. Thank you for all the fabulous feedback, if you would like to send us your thoughts or perhaps give us a thumbs up we would love to hear your reviews on our official event Facebook page.

All of our riders on Sunday should have received their times to the mobile number given when registering but if you would like to double check, here's the link TIMES. As Sunday's event was a ride rather than a race we don't have official positions but for the record, our first riders home in the two distances were:

Main Ride: Michael Ashurst & Simon Deeley

Family Ride: Gary Naylor and grandson Loki, 5

A huge well done to them and everyone who took part.

And a final well done to David Jones, the winner of a very special prize, the Joining Jack bike donated by our lovely friends at co-owned by the multi-medal-winning Paralympian Darren Kenny, a long-term supporter of Joining Jack.

The team at Estrella asked that anyone riding and raising money for Joining Jack raise a minimum of £100 and their name would be entered into a draw to win the bike worth £1,350. Former Man of Steel and JJ Legend Paul Sculthorpe carried out the draw for us on live on Facebook on the day, helped by his lovely daughter Evie, and David was the lucky winner.

See you all on in 2018! #wiganonwheels!

The Wigan Bike Ride Team

A PORTION of your Wigan Bike Ride registration fee goes to our organising charity Joining Jack and we then invite riders to join Team JJ raising funds for research into Duchenne Musular Dystrophy, ride for any charity or cause close to their heart or simply ride for fun.

Five-year-old James Johnson is riding on his Batman bike, complete with stabilisers, for his big brother Jack, the inspiration behind Joining Jack.

James recently took part in the Joining Jack Run Wigan Festival Family Mile and now can’t wait to negotiate his way around our 5 Mile course, all on closed roads, on Sunday July 2nd – riding for his brother!

  • Are you joining Team JJ or riding for a charity or organisation that has played a part in your life? Or are simply riding for fun? We would love to hear your stories. Email: or post your stories on our Facebook timeline @wiganbikeride


A: All riders who sign up before midnight on Sunday, June 12, will have their ride numbers posted out to them from ahead of the event from the beginning of June onwards.

A: The Wigan Bike Ride Main Ride starts at 9.30am the 5 Mile Family Ride starts at 9.45am.

A: The Wigan Bike Ride is organised by Joining Jack and we are very grateful to all the riders who choose to raise money for the charity. Riders are free to raise funds for other local and national charities. The Wigan Bike Ride team are extremely proud of the funds that have been raised for Joining Jack and a host of other charities. Riders not wishing to ride for a charity are also welcome.

A: Entries can be transferred no later than Wednesday June 8. Please email with your name and provide the name, address, email, mobile no, DOB and emergency contact details of the person you are transferring your entry to. If you have already received your ride pack you must be prepared to pass this on to your replacement.

A: Riders must be at least 16 years old on the day of the ride to take part in the 50 Mile Main Ride. Helmets must be worn by all participants.

A: Ride numbers with integrated timing chips and a bag label will be included in ride packs. You will also receive an information sheet from the event organiser. The remaining information – routes, a sponsor form from our organising charity Joining Jack, information from our event sponsors and partners, and instructions on how to fix your ride number to your bike, are included in our Digital Event guide available at the top of this page.

A: Please email with your name and address for a replacement if you have not received your ride pack by Tuesday June 14, and a replacement will be arranged.

A: Please email with your name and address to arrange a replacement. Please note, replacement packs are not always available so we would really appreciate that you take good care of your pack once you receive it.

A: Please go to the Joining Jack Ride Information Point and replacements will be provided where possible. PLEASE NOTE: There is a small admin fee of £5 for this service.

A: All riders who complete the course will receive a finishers’ bag which includes a medal.

A: A decision will be made closer to the time as to whether we will have on the day registrations. Please keep an eye on our social media links and on our website The closing date for online entries is midnight Thursday, June 16.
Please note, should we reach capacity, we may close registration early.

A: Results will be available on our Facebook page no later than 24 hours after the ride finishes.

A: You should have received a confirmation email from The Entry Point when you registered for the ride which may have gone into your spam folder. You can check on the registration page under ‘current entries’ for your name on an alphabetically ordered list.

A: Please check your emails and the riders’ entrants list in the following

If you have then you can transfer the extra place to another rider before the date specified above in Question 5. Instructions on how to do this are given above.

A: If you ordered your jersey when you registered for the ride, your ridepack and jersey will be dispatched together. If you ordered your jersey after registration through ADM, you ride pack and jersey will be dispatched separately. If you ordered your jersey before June 9th and have not received your jersey by June 15th, please contact us on

Please note: We cannot guarantee delivery for the race on orders made through ADM after June 9th.

A:In 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances the ride organisers were forced to change the original route of the 50 Mile Main Ride. The organisers will endeavour to follow the route as seen on our website, but please be aware this may need to be adapted at late notice. We will always attempt to make all riders aware of any changes to the route with as much notice as possible.


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