Cycling events take place across Northamptonshire for those inspired by Women’s Tour

Bike Race: Kettering: finish of Stage 3 of the Women's Tour race Aviva ''Friday June 19 2015 NNL-150619-161416009

Bike Race: Kettering: finish of Stage 3 of the Women's Tour race Aviva ''Friday June 19 2015 NNL-150619-161416009

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A series of cycling events are taking place this summer for those inspired by the Aviva Women’s Tour which passed through the county last week.

Thousands of people turned out to watch stage three of the race on June 19th as it made its way through Northamptonshire from Oundle to Kettering.

Alongside the Women’s Tour, a programme of cycling events has been organised by Northamptonshire County Council for anyone who is interested in getting back on their bike.

The Summer of Cycling programme includes guided bike rides and cycling festivals for all ages and abilities, including British Cycling SkyRide Local and women’s Breeze rides.

The following free bike rides are taking place over the coming weeks:

Sunday 5th July at 10am, 12-mile route starting from Daventry Country Park

Sunday 5th July at 2pm, 5-mile route starting from the Salcey Forest cafe

Sunday 12th July at 10am, 18-mile route starting from Brampton Valley Way car park

Sunday 12th July at 2pm, 4-mile route starting from Stanwick Lakes visitor centre

Sunday 19th July at 10am, 21-mile route starting from the Quarryman’s Cafe at Irchester Country Park

Sunday 19th July at 10am, 10-mile route starting from the Nene White Water Centre, Northampton

People can also come along to Northampton Cyclefest at Beckets Park on Saturday 1st August and Daventry Cyclefest on Saturday 5th September at Daventry County Park, which both offer a free family day of cycling and bike-related activities.

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Cycling is a fantastic way of getting active because it’s something you can do as a family while benefiting from some physical exercise.

“Our Summer of Cycling programme features a whole host of guided bike rides and events, plus a wealth of information about cycle routes across Northamptonshire.

“I’m sure the return of the Aviva Women’s Tour has inspired many people to get back on their bikes and I’d encourage everyone to make the most of this opportunity to get cycling!”

To find out more about cycling in Northamptonshire, including further information about bike rides near you, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cycling.