North East Lincolnshire Council is working in partnership with British Cycling and North Lincolnshire Council to offer free training for local people who want to become Sky Ride leaders
Sky Ride Local is back for 2013 and we’re looking for confident recreational cyclists to train as ride leaders and route planners.
You don’t need to be a cycling expert, just be confident riding in groups and have heaps of enthusiasm.
Sky Ride Local cycle rides are fun, free community bike rides that offer a great way of getting out and exploring the local area.
They are part of British Cycling and Sky’s campaign to get more people riding their bikes regularly.
Whatever your age or ability, and whatever kind of bike you ride, there’s a whole range of ways for you to get involved.
North East Lincolnshire Council is working in partnership with British Cycling and North Lincolnshire Council to offer free training courses for local people who want to become Sky Ride leaders.
To sign up for a free training course you need to be a keen and competent cyclist.
Anyone interested must be passionate about raising the profile of cycling and getting more people on their bikes.
Successful ride leaders will be paid a competitive rate for every Sky Ride they lead and receive full training and support from North East Lincolnshire Council and British Cycling.
In addition to free training, ride leaders receive branded kit, British Cycling Ride membership and access to other goodies.
For more details or to apply to become a ride leader visit www.goskyride.com.
Alternatively call Pete Allison, North East Lincolnshire Council’s sports development officer, on 01472 323389 or email email@example.com.
Cllr Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for Tourism and Culture at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “2012 was a magnificent year for cycling in Britain and we want that success to continue for many years to come.
"It’s a very exciting time for cycling in this country and you can be part of it by becoming a ride leader and inspiring others to start riding more often.
“Ride Leaders need to be friendly, confident, chatty individuals who love encouraging others and are happy to operate as one member of a team. If this sounds like you then please do get in touch.”
The first Sky Ride leader in North East Lincolnshire is Lindsey Roads Cycling Club's Dave Evans.
He says the Sky Ride Local initiative provides a very supportive atmosphere for new or returning cyclists.
Dave was part of North Lincolnshire's SkyRide team in 2012 and saw the joy that both children and adults experienced on five mile rides for novices on traffic-free cycle paths, progressing to 10 mile flat rides on country lanes and a 16 mile ride with a few hills.
This progressive approach ensured that the riders confidence was gradually built over several rides.
Dave added: “The social interaction in the groups was vibrant with everyone made to feel welcome, especially riders who attended on their own.
“Another great feature is that any bike will do as long as it is roadworthy with a safety check being carried out before the ride starts.
“To be a successful Sky Ride leader you need the ability to get on with people, to be clear when addressing the group, and be an experienced cyclist all wrapped up with oodles of enthusiasm.
“Riders wanting to progress to longer and/or more intense rides beyond Sky Ride are able to join their local British Cycling affiliated club.
“Lindsey Roads is the longest established and largest club in North East Lincolnshire."
What people said about Sky Rides held in North Lincolnshire last year:
“We have had great fun, made new friends and we have become very interested in cycling as a hobby. The rides are organised in a way that you feel safe on the roads and the pace is set by the slowest person so no-one is left behind. We look forward to trying different routes”
“The leaders were very pleasant and made the whole group feel welcome and the different abilities were catered for everyone stuck tight as a group. Thank you for a pleasant morning riding”
“The team running this ride were very helpful. Our eldest daughter has down syndrome and rides an adapted trike, she was fully included in the ride and the team were keen to make sure she enjoyed herself.
"Our youngest child was at times a little unsure but the team were very quick to keep checking up with us that she was ok. And she has since said she really wants to do another one. Well done to the team we were with”