Birmingham is the place to be for cycling this Autumn. Not only is the Cycle Show coming to the city from 30 Sept – 2 Oct this year, but British Cycling’s weekly led ride programme continues through Autumn, allowing people to get out and about and see Birmingham by bike.
Free weekly rides take place on a Sunday and are led by a trained local leader who can help and encourage riders of all ages and abilities. Rides are at four different levels so there is something for everyone. Rides are taking places until 30 October.
The Sky Ride Local rides are part of a national campaign including free events, activities, information and support to help and inspire people of all ages and abilities re-discover the fun of bike riding and get 1 million people cycling regularly by 2013. Birmingham City Council is a Sky Ride campaign partner.
Dawn Rahman, British Cycling Recreation Manager said; ‘If you fancy a fun, free, relaxed afternoon out with your friends and family, you can’t beat a social bike ride. We’ve planned some of the best routes around, like Le Tour de Birmingham –including the Jewellry Quarter, Paradise Forum and Cannon Hill Park, or you could try The Chocolate Trail taking in some lovely parks and Bournville the chocolate capital of Engalnd. It’s great to see a bit of Birmingham from the saddle. And if you’ve not been on a bike for a while the friendly Ride Leaders are here to help and support you.’
Sky Ride 2011 is backed by a line-up of celebrities and pro-cyclists including Sir Chris Hoy, X Factor Winner Alexandra Burke, Presenter Lorraine Kelly, TV Star Gethin Jones and TV personality Jeff Brazier.
To register for a free ride in Birmingham, visit: www.goskyride.com/birmingham
Sky Ride Local rides are free small, weekly community bikes rides that give participants the chance to get out and explore your local area. Led by a British Cycling trained leader, who is on hand to provide support and tips on how to improve for people of any age or ability they will be taking place across the country this summer.