By James Morrell
The Sky Ride will return to Sheffield this weekend with a selection of cycling events.
The project, which takes place in Sheffield every year, aims to inspire people to cycle and stay fit.
Sky Ride events in March will also form part of a new Sheffield sporting festival, the Outdoor City Weekender.
A four mile ‘History and Heritage’ ride will take place this weekend on Sunday, the starting point at Niagara Leisure Centre in Oughtibridge.
A Sky Ride for more experienced cyclists , the 22 mile ‘Tour de Bradfield’, will take place on the same day and start at Forge Valley Community School.
Sky Ride events in March will form part of the Outdoor City Weekender, a festival of outdoor pursuits. It will take place across the weekend of 11th to 13th of March. There will also be running, climbing and walking events.
Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield has so many great routes on offer, and they’re not all hilly! As The Outdoor City our links to the great outdoors mean we’re never far from beautiful scenery and can offer rides that cover a range of abilities and age groups.”
Last year, fifteen towns and cities across England took part in the Sky Ride, with over 100,000 taking part.
Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards said: “I hope that young and old, individuals and families, experienced cyclists and novices alike will take to their saddles and get pedalling with this fantastic series of free bike rides.”
Similar cycling events will take place in Barnsley and Doncaster.