Dying to live...not living to die...pedal on

In 2002 Neil Smith and Tony Spry took on the first Bobby on a Bike, cycling 1,800 miles down the West Coast of America, from Canada to Mexico. That first ride, those first inspiring moments, laid the foundation to what Bobby on a Bike has become.

Years later it’s going from strength to strength, raising money and awareness for numerous charities, inspiring others to achieve the unachievable, pushing the limits, by creating and taking on new challenges.

Those words spoken years ago - ‘Bobby on a Bike is only limited by the bounds of our imagination’ are as true today as they were then.


Upcoming Events

June 2017; Our second Dragon Boat marathon event, this time we're upping the ante and attempting to paddle our Dragon Boat 125 miles along the River Thames, from navigable source in Wiltshire to London.

September 2017; A team of ten is heading to Canada to take part in the annual 1,000km ride with Cops for Kids, a RCMP supported charity committed to assisting children that have suffered a medical, physical or traumatic crisis in their young lives.

Easter 2018; The Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon, the world's longest non-stop canoe event. 125 miles of Kennet and Avon Canal and River Thames, finishing in the heart of the capital, at Westminster Bridge.

May 2018; The 10th May Ride, 4 days, 400 miles from Aldeburgh to Aberystwyth. Our 10th May Ride will include the return trip of our Canadian exchange, with RCMP and Cops for Kids visiting the UK.

May 2019; 14 years since we last cycled the 1,800mile of the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico, our team will head back to complete it again...

Meet the team

  • Neil Smith MBE

    Neil Smith MBE

    Neil is married to Melanie and has three sons, Daniel, Matthew, and Adam. He is a Police Dog Handler with Suffolk Constabulary, based at Force Headquarters, Martlesham Heath, handling a general purpose...


  • Jeff Crib

    Jeff Crib

    Jeff joined Suffolk Constabulary in 1992 and now works as a Collision Investigator at the Headquarters Roads Policing Unit. He is married to Christine. They have three children, Ben, Dan and Thea,...


Original team member

  • Tony Spry

    Tony Spry

    Neil and Tony rode together for the first time in the London to Southend ride in 2001, on hearing about a plan to cycle 1,800 miles from Canada to Mexico, Tony was hooked. Taking part in the 2002 and...


Our Story

The 6th ‘May Ride’ in aid of SSAFA 2013 Watch our story play

Our story so far

June 21 - 24 2015

Here's a snap shot of the bobby on a bike years up to 2012, please explore the rest of the site to find out more of what's gone on since.

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Featured Charitable cause...Tac's Rest

In 2015, we were able to purchase a holiday caravan at Brynrodyn. Now up and running, we are able to give to give free 'week stays' to families who may been through tough/difficult times.
Our 2016 events will raise money to help with the running costs and enable us to provide further benefits to the families staying there...thus enhancing their experience.


Tac's Rest at Brynrodyn

The Book

Police Officers, Neil Smith and Tony Spry had never undertaken anything like this before. Eighteen months of planning, training and fund raising lay behind them - ahead a 27 day ride to Mexico. The challenge was nicknamed ‘Bobby on a Bike’. 2005 saw the Bobby on a Bike team complete another Canada to Mexico ride, in less days, increasing their daily mileage.

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Our Charities

  • EACH
  • American Lung Association
  • Prostate Cancer UK
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Help For Heroes
  • Break the Pattern
  • RNLI Lifeboats
  • St Elizabeth Hospice
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Our Supporters

  • Cycle Revolution
  • Anglian Home Improvements
  • Ashton KCJ