Hemel gears up for guided rides

Chance to join a family-friendly free cycle ride

Chance to join a family-friendly free cycle ride

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A brand new series of guided bike rides kicks off in Hemel Hempstead this weekend.

Taking place on mainly traffic-free routes, the rides are suitable for all the family and free of charge.

Organised by British Cycling and Dacorum Borough Council, the first ride is on Sunday, when cyclists will be ‘Taking the Nickey’, and rides continue each Sunday until November 13. On October 30, the ride is Fourways Loop, on November 6 it’s Three Villages and the Countryside and on November 13 it’s Taking the Nickey again.

All the rides set off from Grovehill Adventure Playground, on Redbourn Road.

Sky Ride Locals are free, local bike rides guided by friendly British Cycling-trained ride leaders along scenic planned routes.

David Bourque, of British Cycling, 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 bike ride taking place in Hemel Hempstead today.”

Borough councillor Neil Harden said: “Whether you’ve never cycled before, are out of practice or want to ride with all the family, Sky Ride local rides are for everyone. These free rides are designed to encourage everyone to rediscover the fun of cycling and to give people the chance to get out in the fresh air and explore the countryside this autumn.”

Find out more and to sign up for a ride at goskyride.com

Other cycling opportunities are on offer in Hemel with Breeze and Ride Social.

Breeze is run by women to support more women to ride their bikes. Ride Social is Britain’s biggest social cycling community, allowing cyclists to meet up, form groups and start riding together.