Cycling is a great sport, loved by millions around the world. The sport has a lot of different disciplines - BMX, Cycle Speedway, Cycle-cross, Mountain Bike, Road and Track Cycling is an excellent form of physical activity for people seeking to improve their fitness and cardiovascular health.
Team Green Britain Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by making 'everyday cycling for everyone'. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to the local shops, school, the library or just to visit friends. We want to get more people cycling, more often, and the event offers something for everyone - from families, schools and companies, to seasoned cyclists and those who have never cycled before.
Last year almost half a million people participated at events across the country However, Research shows that 77% of people own a bike yet only 14% use them regularly, so this year Team Green Britain Bike Week is encouraging people to dust down and liberate the thousands of once-loved bikes languishing in sheds around the country, by taking part in Britain's Biggest Bike Fix.
Could you inspire more women to get cycling?
....We are looking for a number of new Breeze champions. There's no need to be a cycling expert – just be confident on a bike and keen to help others. We're looking for enthusiastic people to inspire women to get more out of their bike, have fun with friends and get a recognised qualification at the same time.
To become a Breeze champion:
Please note you'll need to bring your bike to the training course.
View a list of course across the country running from 9 February – 13 July 2013 (other dates tbc) Click here
For those who wish to try some competition but are afraid of riding in large groups, or being dropped by the pack, time trialing offers the ideal opportunity, as riders are set off at 1 minute intervals with the winner being the one who records the fastest time. Individuals can establish "personal best" times over fixed distances in order to measure their own progress.
Time trialling is not just for the young, but has a significant following by older riders, many of whom compete well into their seventies, riding to beat "Standard" times that are set according to age. Time trialling has much to offer active people in Cumbria and Border City Wheelers, a cycling club based near Carlisle, runs a full time trial programme from entry level upwards. Find out more about Cycling Time Trials.
Social Cycling Groups makes it easy to get together, find a place to ride and enjoy a bike ride at a level and time that suits you.
It provides the ideal opportunity to take control of your cycling, discover new chances to ride and make some friends along the way.
The Bike Bus (service 800, Stagecoach) will be running from Ambleside to Haverthwaite and will take up to 12 bikes inside the vehicle. Following feedback last year the buses have been modified so that children’s and electric bikes can be easily transported as well. Follow the link for the bike bus timetable: Here
Linking with the Bike Bus, the Bike Boat will run from the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole to Wray Castle to carry people and bikes across the lake to the west shore of Windermere. This service will run by Windermere Lake Cruises. Follow this link for the boat timetable and ticket prices: Here
Go Lakes Travel are gearing up for a busy spring and summer, making new links in the cycle chain from Bowness up to Ambleside and beyond. The following projects will all be happening between the end of May and the middle of August:
On top of all this we are busy making progress on schemes out from Ambleside to Grasmere and Langdale. Keep watching this space!
Contact: Dave Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org 01539 792698
The first SkyRide Local takes place on Sunday, 19 May at 2.00pm starting from Cartmel Race Course, (14 miles, Ride Steady). This will be a special ride to launch the programme and we are delighted to have a well-known celebrity taking part in the ride. To book on this ride or any ride in the programme visit www.goskyride.com and search ‘Lake District’.
We’ll be distributing posters and fliers to promote the Sky Ride Local programme and explain how to book, so, please let us know if you can display one.
From bustling centres such as Ambleside, Bowness and Hawkshead, we have carefully planned the rides to use only quiet roads and traffic-free trails. Sky Ride Local is a perfect way for families and less confident cyclists to discover safe places to enjoy cycling in the Lake District and all rides are led by qualified British Cycling leaders. There will also be a series of Breeze rides especially for women. Again, these can be viewed and booked from www.goskyride.com
The Cyc-loan scheme provides an opportunity for accommodation providers and attractions to link up with existing cycle hire, sales and service outlets to offer cycle hire at their premises. GoLakes Travel provides cycles at minimal cost to rental ‘hosts’ for the season, and hosts hire them to the public or their guests. Hosts must arrange for the bikes are regularly serviced by a local, qualified cycle specialist (usually a existing cycle hire operator or bike shop) and ensure that their staff undergo basic training in managing the day-to-day rental and safety inspections. The host retains all the rental income and uses this to meet the costs of servicing the bikes and offering hire.
The scheme is a great way for businesses to try cycle hire without having to commit to the capital cost of purchasing cycles. The Cyc-loan scheme helps them get started by
minimising financial commitment and by putting them in touch with local cycle servicing
If you have a visitor-orientated business in the Go Lakes Travel area and are interested in the
Cyc-loan scheme, please visit www.cumbriatourism.org/cycloan or get in touch with Richard Ingham email@example.com 01539 724555 ext 1017
There are 26 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.
Dates for your Diary - Paris to Roubaix 7th April
Tour De France - 29th June
World Junior Track Cycling Championships - 7th August
World Championships - 21st September
NW Regional Development Manager,
T: 0161 274 2128
M: 07793 844651
NW Recreation Manager,
T: 0161 274 2000
M: 07860 404831
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