SkyRide is back – so get ready for a summer on two wheels
Sky Ride Local has returned to our region with an exciting programme of planned bike rides throughout the summer and into the autumn. Whether you’re a beginner, a rider who wants to stretch your legs and improve your fitness, or a more experienced road cyclist who wants to give Lizzie Armitstead or Bradley Wiggins a run for their money there is a ride for you!
Cyclists can choose from three levels of bike rides: ‘Easy-going’ for the beginner, ‘Steady’ for the more regular rider and ‘Challenging’ for the more confident road cyclist.
Join qualified British Cycling trained leaders and boost your confidence on two wheels; and meet some like-minded people along the way. There are a variety of starting points for rides across the district.
In addition to SkyRide Local, which offers led rides on six different themed routes, Sky Ride also offers:
- Ride Social which allows cyclists to buddy up with likeminded riders and organise their own rides
- Breeze which is a social network for women
- Big Bike Events are where thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route with rides planned for Leeds and Bradford.
Enjoy a great day out for families, with loads to do both on and off a bike. Many rides include café stops so you can rest your legs and have a chat.
Cllr Jean Calvert , Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Development said:
“Kirklees is a great place to cycle and there’s lots happening in our region with the return of SkyRide this year.
“We hope that people will have been inspired by the Tour de France Grand Depart last year, and the Tour de Yorkshire in May this year, and be eager to take part in cycling this summer.
“We have invested in the partnership with British Cycling because we recognise the benefits to health, social confidence and the opportunity to discover the rich offerings of our region’s landscape.
“I am proud that SkyRide is back again and I would encourage everyone to get involved and discover the sheer enjoyment and exhilaration that cycling has to offer. Cycling is here to stay and that’s something to shout about”
Into its third year, the exciting partnership between Kirklees Council, British Cycling and West Yorkshire Metro’s “go-cycling” project (www.wygocycling.com) aims to encourage more people to get out on a bike for fun and fitness whilst taking in our fantastic region with its rich and varied countryside. All rides are free.