Birmingham residents are invited to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a bike ride

This coming Bank Holiday weekend, people in Birmingham are invited to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by taking part in a Sky Ride Local ride, led by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders.

Skyrides: everyone is invitedA number of Sky Ride Local rides are taking place in Birmingham; these free, organised rides are the perfect way for family and friends to get out and explore the local scenery.

Dawn Rahman, Recreation Manager for British Cycling, said: Joining a Sky Ride Local ride is a brilliant way for friends and family to get out over the long bank holiday weekend. We’ve planned some of the best routes around Birmingham and it’s a great way to see the area from the saddle.

The rides are a suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Don’t worry if you’ve not been on a bike for a while, our friendly and experienced Ride Leaders are there to help and support you. Sky Ride Local rides offer people something different to do over the bank holiday.’

This year Sky Ride Local is bringing over 1,000 free bike rides to locations across the UK, as part of a national campaign by British Cycling and Sky to get one million more people on their bikes by 2013.  Registering and taking part in a Sky Ride Local ride is a fantastic way to join the biggest celebration of cycling the UK has ever seen. Places on rides must be booked in advance. For more information and to find a ride in your area visit

About British Cycling:

As the national governing body for cycling, British Cycling is responsible for governing the development of the sport in England and is also the home to the GB Cycling Team which won 34 medals at the 2008 Beijing Games making it Britain’s most successful Olympic and Paralympic sport.

With London 2012 on the horizon, British Cycling has a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire mass participation in the sport and together with BSkyB, its principal partner, aims to get one million more people cycling regularly by 2013.

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.