A free series of cycle rides return to Preston and Lancashire during March and April.Advertisement
The Sky Ride Local are guided rides around scenic routes ranging from three to 16 miles.
A Preston route takes in part of the Guild Wheel and is labelled as the Guild north explorer.
Other routes planned are the Chorley Grand Prix family ride, Astley Park, a South Ribble Bamber bounce and a Whittle-le-Woods circular.
County councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Increasing numbers of people are discovering the benefits cycling can bring for their physical and mental health, as well as the convenience of making short journeys by bike.
“We’ve made real progress in improving cycling facilities in recent years and this is due to continue in the future with further investment to improve on and off-road routes. The Sky Rides are a great way to experience cycling in Lancashire.”
Related: When the first Sky Ride came to Preston
The rides take place from Saturday 26 March through to Sunday 17 April.
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 Sky Ride Local bike ride taking place in Lancashire this summer.
“The rides begin on 26th March so there’s no better time to get on your bike. Whether you’re building your confidence or looking to challenge yourself, there’s a Sky Ride Local for you in Lancashire.’
When are the rides?
Saturday 26th March: Chorley Grand Prix Family Ride – Astley Park Potter – 3 miler
Sunday 3rd April: Astley Park Potter – 3 miler. Another chance to do this ride for those who want to get out on their bikes the week after the Chorley Grand Prix!
Sunday 3rd April: South Ribble – Bamber bounce – 7 miler
Sunday 3rd April: Preston – Guild north explorer – 16 miler
Sunday 17th April: Whittle-le-Woods circular – 11 miler
Do I need to register?
Yes, via the Go Sky Ride website.
Can kids do it?
Yep! Get those stabilisers ready.