Sky Rides are back for 2015!

Published Wednesday, 29th July 2015
Sky ride participants
New World Record Breaker Richard Nutt (third from left) and team mate Dominic Hurley join some of the Sky Ride Leaders

Rotherham’s new world record breaker Richard Nutt has jumped on his bike to launch a series of guided bike rides across the borough.

Organised bike rides are free and offer new and experienced cyclists the opportunity to take to the roads in groups with a Ride Leader, often off-road, in scenic surroundings or along country lanes.

Joining others from Rotherham Council and British Cycling at Rother Valley Country Park for the official launch, Richard, set a new world record in June by covering the furthest distance in seven days by travelling 2830km – sometimes on as little as two-and-a-half hours sleep each night.

Taking it slightly easier for the launch of the Sky Ride Locals, Richard said: “I’m delighted a programme of rides is returning for a second year running. The events go all over the borough so lots of cyclists, of all ages and abilities, can get together and discover the joy of getting out on their bikes.

“The bike rides are ideal for anyone wanting a little bit of support or the company of others looking to have fun – I know on my recent record-breaking attempt, this made a world of difference to me!”

The length of the routes on the Sky Ride Locals varies – from three miles off-road for children or adults who don’t feel very confident about cycling, and 11 and 17 miles, up to 30 miles for those looking for something a little more challenging.

Guided rides mean you don’t have to worry about the route or getting lost. You have help in case anything goes wrong such as a puncture, and you have the support of being on the roads as a group. They are also great for having the experience of a Ride Leader.

Almost 250 people joined a guided ride around Rotherham during 2014 with 48 group bike rides taking place across the borough, publicised through the Sky Ride website.* 

Rachael Ellis, who joined several of the rides with her 11-year old son Aaron last year, said: “We loved the rides, and often discovered routes we wouldn’t have otherwise known about. Aaron could chat to other people in the group without being ‘stuck’ with his mum, and I felt I was able to relax knowing he was with others within the group. I also didn’t have to worry about the route – it was all sorted by the leader, so we could just enjoy the ride. Meeting new people and stopping off for ice-cream and coffee half way round was also a bonus!”

Advisory Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: "We received a lot of positive feedback from cyclists who took part in the group rides. Whether you are young or older, whatever your fitness ability or confidence level, there will be a group ride for you; it’s a wonderful way to get lots of fresh air, to get out into the countryside and to feel good, healthier and more energised." 

Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, added:  “What better way to get some exercise, get outdoors and see your area in a new way than to join some of the themed Sky Ride Local bike rides taking place in and around Rotherham this summer.

“There’s no time like the present to get your bike out. Whether you want to build your cycling confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge, now’s the time to register your free place on a Sky Ride Local bike ride in Rotherham.”

The first rides, which are delivered in partnership by Rotherham Council and British Cycling, will take place as below:

  • Sunday 9 August, 2 pm, along the Old Mineral Line, Dinnington (3 miles)
  • Sunday 16 August, 10 am, from Rother Valley Country Park* to Hollingwood Lock (15 miles)
  • Sunday 23 August 23,10 am, around Rother Valley Country Park* (3 miles)
  • Sunday, 30 August, 2pm, along the Trans Pennine Trail to Wentworth Castle (17 miles)

Cycle hire is available at Rother Valley Country Park. To book, please phone 0114 2471452 ext2

To register for free, go to the Sky Ride Website:

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