Council urges residents to get on their bikes

​Date: 25/06/2014

Wakefield Council is encouraging residents to get on their bikes this summer as the Tour De France returns to the UK for three stages.

As the yellow fever grips the nation, the Council in partnership with Sky Ride Local is offering residents the chance to get involved in the fun with planned bike rides throughout the district.

Cllr Les Shaw, cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "The Tour de France is one of the most eagerly awaited cycling events on the annual sporting calendar. And to celebrate this we have various activities taking place in and around Wakefield.

"I'm sure this iconic race will inspire and motivate many people in the district and we are urging everyone to get the dust off their bikes and go for a ride. The bike rides with British Cycling are free, fun and a great way to get active with all the family."

Sky Ride Local are planned with the best routes and include trained Ride Leaders for guidance and support. There is something for everyone – from rides to help build confidence to routes to build stamina. The rides also provide three different levels which comprise of:

• Easy going – perfect for families
• Steady – giving an extra pace
• Challenging – providing experienced cyclists with a more advanced route

The next two rides take place on Sunday July 13 at Nostell Priory which starts at 10.15am and is a steady paced ride and on Sunday July 20 at Frickley Country Park beginning at 2pm, is ideal for families.

Other rides are also taking place as a part of the Wakefield District Cycle Forum on Saturday June 28 at Junction 32 from 10.15am and Wednesday July 2 at Nostell Priory at 10.15am.

For more information on the rides