The partnership between Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, British Cycling and Living Sport aims to help people of all ages, abilities and confidence get out and about on their bike to explore the city and county.
The fun starts in November with the start of a Sky Ride Local programme offering a series of free, fun, guided bike rides around Cambridgeshire.
Led by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along planned scenic routes, the rides are for all abilities "“ whether you're building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge.
Mat Cork, British Cycling's Recreation Manager for Cambridgeshire said: "Cycling is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy, plus its lots of fun too. With great routes and stunning scenery I'd encourage people of all ages and abilities to get out on their bikes and take part in a Sky Ride Local ride in Cambridgeshire."
Cllr Noel Kavanagh, Cycling Champion at Cambridgeshire County Council said: "When we learnt that the Tour de France was going to come to Cambridge this summer we promised we would create a real legacy from hosting the world's greatest annual sporting event. This new partnership is just the beginning of our efforts to ensure that joyous sun drenched day continues to live long in all our memories. We are launching by giving residents of all ages and abilities the opportunity to take part in three Sky Ride Local bike rides this autumn. So please join us on these special rides which I am sure will be the start of something fantastic."
Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Community, Arts & Recreation at Cambridge City Council, said: "Seeing the very best cyclists in the world parading along the historic streets of Cambridge in July, I was struck by how important cycling is to our city. Every day thousands of us hop on our bikes to get to work and go about our daily lives but how many of us then go out at weekends with family and friends in order to keep fit? Indeed how many others would like to cycle but simply don't have the confidence? The aim of this partnership is to help all our residents "“ no matter their skill level "“ to enjoy cycling and reap the health benefits from going out on a ride. So let's begin now to ensure the memory of the Tour de France coming to Cambridge remains fresh as we live up to our title of the UK's cycling city."
Upcoming rides in Cambridgeshire:
1. The Wimpole BikeBus Ride, Sunday 2 November at 10am (12 miles)
2. The Wimpole BikeBus Ride, Sunday 9 November at 10am (12 miles)
3. The Great Bites Bait Lock Adventure, Sunday 16 November at 10am (7 miles)
Registration is free and there will be also be a full calendar of rides starting in the New Year.
For more information on these and other bike riding opportunities please visit: goskyride.com/Cambridgeshire.