Gear up for a busy summer of cycling in Northamptonshire

The Women's Tour - picture by Keith Vincent
The Women's Tour - picture by Keith Vincent

Anyone gripped by the excitement of the Women’s Tour when it came through the county is being urged to get in the saddle and take part in a series of cycle rides.

British Cycling’s Sky Ride Local programme is heading to Northamptonshire next month.

Organised by British Cycling and Sky, in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport and Northamptonshire Highways, the initiative offers local people the chance to join organised, guided rides of varying distances and difficulties.

These can range from easy-going spins for all the family, through to steady and challenging rides for those seeking a little more adventure.

Peter Cox, British Cycling’s recreation manager for the central region, said: “Cycling’s never been more popular, and whatever your age or fitness level, it’s easy to get involved.

“We’re delighted to be working with Northamptonshire to make it even easier for local people to get out on their bikes and have some fun this summer.”

People across the county were gripped by cycling fever when the inaugural Women’s Tour came through the county earlier this month, including the Grand Depart in Oundle on May 7.

Thousands of people lined the route from Oundle to Northampton on day one, followed by more people taking in the spectacle as cyclists from around the world whizzed along county roads on day two, including through Sywell, Mears Ashby, Wilby and Wollaston.

It is hoped the event has inspired people to take up cycling and get involved with Sky Ride Local.

Rides, to be led by trained British Cycling ride leaders, will start on June 15 and they will take place across the county.

Sky Ride Local is one of many ways British Cycling is encouraging people to get out on their bikes. For details go to www.goskyride.com.

Full details of the rides and other summer cycling events are available at www.northamptonshiresport.org.

For more details contact Jackie Browne at Northamptonshire Sport on 01604 366976 or email jbrowne@northamptonshire.gov.uk.

Where you can get on your bike

Sunday, June 15: 10am Nene Valley Velo (steady)/2pm Brixworth Country Park (easy-going)

Sunday, June 22: 10am Daventry/Long Buckby circular (steady)/2pm Salcey Forest Cycle Trail (easy-going)

Sunday, June 29: 10am Corby to Boughton House (steady)/2pm Stanwick Lakes (easy-going)

More challenging rides (about 35 miles) start in July