Well….regular readers will know that I have had an epiphany about giving back to the sport and pastime that I enjoy so much ….by getting involved in providing guided rides within the Sky Ride initiative in Scotland.
It would be fair to say that from a standing start last year, the Sk Ride project in the Edinburgh area has maybe not enjoyed the same hi-profile success as other areas because it didn’t actually have a lot of rides available , which was actually down to a lack of trained leaders.
Well – we hope to correct that right away, as no less than 12 new leaders completed their Level 1 training and will now be joining their other Sky Ride and British Cycling counterparts to get more rides up and running.
Yeay! I hear you say…uh huh thats right.
So …what are you waiting for – Sky Ride Local rides are guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders (aka me!) along scenic planned routes. With different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge. Rides are all free and are grouped in levels to suit everyone from beginners to experienced cyclists. Whichever you choose, you’ll be riding on safe routes, in good company. Find a ride now.
To make things easy the Skyrides are classified as follows:-
Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes. Ideal if you’ve not cycled for a while and are looking for an easy way to get back into the saddle, or if you fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding.
If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, the rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging rides. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.
Also – did you know we’ll be repeating the BIG SKY ride in Holyrood park again this year ?
On closed roads, there will be loads of cyclists to chat with as you enjoy cycling and the sights of the city without worrying about traffic….
7th September 2013 .