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Join a free guided bike ride on Sunday

Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ASPIRING Chris Froomes and Dan McLays can dust off their bikes and join a free guided ride around Leicester this weekend.

Two rides will take place on Sunday (31 July) – and both will suit confident cyclists of all ages and abilities.

The first is a 10-mile tour that will highlight Leicester’s Sporting Heritage – and the second is a shorter, easier ride taking in Western and Braunstone parks.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for sustainability, said: “Since 2010, the Sky Ride Local scheme has been helping people in Leicester to enjoy the benefits of recreational cycling.

“These guided rides are a great way to discover the best routes for cyclists in and around Leicester – and they’re pitched at different levels, so there’s always something for everyone.”

Sky Ride Local rides are guided by British Cycling-trained ride leaders and organised by the city council in partnership with British Cycling and Sky.

Janet Hudson, British Cycling recreation manager for the East Midlands said: “It’s one thing watching the Tour de France on television, but nothing quite beats getting outdoors yourself. You don’t have to be the next Chris Froome to enjoy our rides – we cater for all ages and abilities, so why not register for a free ride in Leicester today.”

To sign up for Sunday’s rides, go to

Leicester’s Sporting Heritage starts at the Bike Park in Town Hall Square at 10am on Sunday (31 July), while Leicester’s Two Parks Delight meets at Braunstone Leisure Centre at 1pm on Sunday (31 July).

Sky Ride Local events take place every weekend throughout the summer.

For more information, and to find a ride near you, visit