June 8, 2015
British Cycling, along with a partnership of organisations across the county, has scheduled an exciting summer programme of cycling in Cumbria and the Lake District.
As part of a national campaign to get more people cycling for fitness and as a sustainable way of seeing the area, Sky Ride Local will offer a fantastic range of free guided bike rides in locations around Cumbria taking place throughout the summer months. Guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic local routes and pitched at three different levels, there’s something for everyone.
Sky Ride Local has already run successfully in the South and Central Lakes and in Carlisle for the past two years, with almost 1,100 people of all ages and abilities taking part in 115 Sky Rides. Now this is being broadened out across the county. 60 free Sky Ride Locals will be running over the summer months, including new locations spanning Furness, the West Cumbrian coast, Keswick and Borrowdale, the Eden Valley, and more.
Barrow-in-Furness will host the first Sky Ride Local ride of the year on Friday 29 May, with a 10 mile ride down to Roa Island and back. Mainly on quiet roads and cycle paths, the ride will start at 3pm and will include a one-off opportunity to ride the route of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series race (the UK’s leading cycle race) on the streets of Barrow-in-Furness, before the professionals including TEAM Wiggins take to the circuit later in the evening.
It’s all thanks to an investment from British Cycling, See More: Cumbria and the Lake District and Active Cumbria, along with the National Trust, South Lakeland District Council and Carlisle City Council. The partnership will contribute to the county’s wider health policy by offering more opportunities to be physically active, while encouraging residents and visitors to travel in a cleaner, greener way by enjoying more of Cumbria and the Lake District by bike.
Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said: ‘What better way to get some exercise, get outdoors and see your area in a new way than to join some of the Sky Ride Local bike rides taking place in and around Cumbria and the Lake District this summer. ‘There’s no time like the present to get your bike out. Whether you want to build your cycling confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge, now’s the time to register your free place on a Sky Ride Local bike ride in Cumbria.’
Nicola Parker, Programme Manager for See More, said: “Sky Ride Local is a great way to build on the ever-growing popularity of cycling, inspiring people of all abilities to organise their own two-wheeled adventures with friends and family. These fun, free bike rides are really accessible and will help inspire people to get out of their cars and use alternative modes of transport to get out and explore the stunning Cumbrian landscape this summer.”
Kelly Alty, Active Cumbria, Development Officer (Physical Activity) said: ‘Joining a Sky Ride Local is a fantastic way to not only increase the amount of physical activity you do but it also brings the additional benefit of enabling you to take part in a social activity with like-minded people of all ages and abilities. The rides provide a great platform to bring local communities together and focus upon what’s great about our County. The partnership will ensure that we can reach out to all areas of the County and provide opportunities in new areas to increase participation levels.’
As well as Sky Ride Local bike rides; there are plenty of other ways to get on your bike this summer in Cumbria and the Lake District. British Cycling’s Breeze programme is the biggest initiative ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. A team of Breeze Champions are trained to organise friendly, social bike rides throughout the county and inspire local women to get involved.
While Ride Social is Britain’s biggest social network for cyclists, offering more confident cyclists a friendly platform to join bike rides organised by like-minded cyclists in Cumbria, or create rides of their own.
In addition, Active Cumbria have planned a further exciting cycling project which is due to take place in June. Keep watching www.activecumbria.org for more details which will be available soon.
To book your free place on a ride and for more information on how to get cycling in Cumbria visit goskyride.com/Cumbria