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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Carlisle bike rides make up for losing Tour of Britain

Cyclists inspired by Sir Bradley Wiggins’ visit to Carlisle have a huge two-wheeled treat in store.

Sky Ride Local is staging a series of free, guided bike rides throughout Carlisle throughout the coming months.

Guided by leaders from British Cycling, the sessions will take place along scenic routes and are pitched at three different levels.

Riders can opt for a leisurely ride around the city’s parks or through the Watchtree Nature Reserve.

There will also be the chance to head away from the city with routes ranging from three miles of traffic-free cycling and up to 30 miles along quiet roads and paths.

It’s part of a national campaign to get more people involved in cycling for fun.

The aim is also to build on the success of the visit of cycling superstars including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish to Carlisle during last year’s heralded Tour of Britain.

Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s director of recreation and partnerships, said: “What better way to get some exercise, get outdoors and explore your local area than to join some of the friendly Sky Ride Local bike rides taking place in and around Carlisle this summer.

“With rides beginning on Easter Sunday, there’s no time like the present to get your bike out.

“So whether you’re still building your cycling confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge, why not register your free place on a Sky Ride Local.”

The first event takes place on Easter Sunday from 11am at the Watchtree Nature Reserve.

Organisers say it’s a great ride for the whole family and for anyone wanting to build the confidence on two wheels in a safe environment.

The day will also feature an Easter Egg Hunt with various prizes up for grabs.

For more information and to sign up for a ride in Carlisle visit www.goskyride.com/Carlisle

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