Friday 5 February 2016

People in Sheffield are being encouraged to get on their bikes this weekend with Sky Ride Local, as the first guided rides of 2016 take place in the city.

There is an easygoing four mile History and Heritage ride this Sunday, 7 February, which starts at Oughtibridge and a challenging 22 mile Tour de Bradfield ride along roads and hills covered by the Tour de France riders, for over 11’s. Plus more rides available throughout February and March.

The national Sky Ride campaign to get more people cycling for fun and fitness has seen thousands of people take to their bikes. British Cycling and Sky, in partnership with Sheffield City Council, offer fantastic guided bike rides for people of all ages and abilities and they’re all for free.

The rides are led by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders along local routes and pitched at three different levels – easygoing, steady and challenging and they all explore the beautiful scenery that features throughout The Outdoor City.

Helen Webster, British Cycling’s Recreation Manager for Sheffield said: “What better way to get some exercise, get outdoors and see your area in a new way than to join some Sky Ride Local bike rides taking place in and around Sheffield.

“Whether you want to build your cycling confidence, share some family time or you’re looking for a challenge, now’s the time to register your free place on a Sky Ride Local bike ride in Sheffield.”

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield has so many great routes on offer, and they’re not all hilly! As The Outdoor City our links to the great outdoors mean we’re never far from beautiful scenery and can offer rides that cover a range of abilities and age groups.

“These rides are a fun way to get some fresh air, spend time with family and friends, meet new people and get fit in the process. I hope that young and old, individuals and families, experienced cyclists and novices alike will take to their saddles and get pedalling with this fantastic series of free bike rides.”

To register for a free guided bike ride and find out more about getting into cycling, visit:

Sky Ride Local will be part of Sheffield’s debut Outdoor City Weekender, a festival of outdoor pursuits, with three guided rides on offer across the weekend of 11-13 March. For more information about the Weekender and all the events happening that weekend go to