Sky Rides planned to get people on their bikes in Northamptonshire

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There’s a chance to get into the countryside on free guided bike tours this summer with a range of levels from beginners to those looking for a challenge.

In partnership with British Cycling and Sky, Northamptonshire Sport have scheduled a series of guided bike rides for 2016. As part of a campaign to get more people cycling for fun and fitness, Sky Ride Local rides are guided by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders and cover a range of routes, giving the opportunity to see the area by bike like never before. The rides are pitched at three different levels, so there’s something for everyone.

David Bourque, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said: “There’s no better way to get outdoors, get some exercise and explore your local area with friends than on a bike ride. Join the fun and register for a bike ride taking place in Northamptonshire this summer.Whether you’re building your confidence or looking to challenge yourself, there’s a ride for you in Northamptonshire.”

Will Heckford, Sports Development Officer at Northamptonshire Sport, said: “With the Aviva Women’s Tour once again returning to Northamptonshire we hope this will inspire people to take up cycling, and this programme of free guided bike rides offers the perfect way for people to continue their interest.

“There are a range of different rides to choose from catering for riders of all abilities and I would urge people to have a look at the website to sign up to a ride near you.”

Even more cycling opportunities are available in Northamptonshire this year with Breeze and Ride Social.

Breeze is the biggest national programme designed to inspire and support more women to ride their bikes. Breeze is led by women, for women. The programme is supported by a network of trained volunteers called Breeze champions who organise local guided rides on a weekly basis.

Meanwhile, discover more with Ride Social, Britain’s biggest social cycling community. Ride Social allows cyclists to meet up, form groups and start riding together.

To register for a free guided bike ride and find out more about getting into cycling, visit: goskyride.com/northamptonshire.