The Tour of Britain celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and with cycling more popular than ever, now is the time to get out on two wheels!
The eight-day Tour, beginning on September 15 departs from Peebles in Scotland before further stages through England and Wales, with the finale in London’s Whitehall. Some of the biggest names in world cycling will be among the 19 teams racing, including the likes of British heroes Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
So if you are inspired by the Tour of Britain or want to emulate the likes of Team Sky’s Chris Froome and Sir Bradley, you may be looking for an opportunity to follow in their footsteps…
In partnership with councils across the country, the Sky Ride Local programme of guided rides is providing opportunities for individuals, families and groups to dust off their bikes every weekend. There have never been more opportunities to take to the saddle.
All Sky Ride Local events are open to everyone – and they’re organised and guided by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders, who are on hand to offer encouragement and support throughout. There are rides for all ages, with varying levels from easygoing through to more challenging rides.
British Cycling Ride Leader Ray Whitehouse said: ‘There are so many opportunities to get out on your bike with Sky Ride Local. As well as the family-friendly easygoing and steady rides, the challenging rides can really give you an idea of what it is like to take on the hills and push yourself – just like the pro riders!’
The excitement doesn’t stop there – British Cycling and Sky are offering one lucky person a money-can’t-buy Tour of Britain prize, with the arrival of the Winning Combination competition. The winner will not only receive a Pinarello road bike belonging to Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas, but also an exclusive seat in the Team Sky race car during stage 5 of the Tour of Britain (including travel and accommodation).
To register for one of these exciting rides or to find out more about the Winning Combination competition, visit goskyride.com.