Be inspired by our Olympic heroes

Great Britain's (left to right) Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the team sprint at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park.
Great Britain's (left to right) Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the team sprint at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park.

BIKE rides for adults inspired by British cycling’s golden success in the velodrome are setting off in Blackpool.

The adult-only sessions cover 20 to 50 miles of both flat and undulating Fylde coast roads, and are perfect for cyclists who want to take their training to the next level.

The rides are also ideal for anyone who is looking to take part in cycling competitions throughout the summer or are just interested in keeping fit.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “There are lots of Sky Rides taking place across Blackpool for all levels of riders, from beginners to experts.

“We’re really pleased to be working with British Cycling to offer this range of safe and fun ways for all the family to get on their bike.

“These Strong Plus routes are aimed at those people who are already confident on their bikes and can take on a high quality ride that can provide them with a real challenge.”

The Blackpool rides form part of Sky Ride Local, a national campaign aimed to offer a quality led-ride experience for people of all ages and abilities, and get one million more people on their bikes by 2013.

Organisers hope the nation has been inspired by Team GB’s heroics in cycling during the London 2012 games which saw numerous gold medals for the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Bradley Wiggins and Jason Kenny in both the velodrome and on the roads.

Jill Puttnam, British Cycling’s national operations manager, said: “The recreational rides are led by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders, who give thousands of people a great group riding experience every summer.

“Many participants who take part in the Sky Ride Local events go on to do more independent riding and form their own social cycling group.”

To find a ride, use the ride finder at www.goskyride.com.

Alternatively, for more details about sportive events visit: www.britishcycling.org.uk/sportives.