17 November 2014

British Cycling and Sky have marked another successful year of cycling in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, with the presentation of a framed GB Cycling Team jersey.

A year of cycling

After an exciting summer that saw the first ever Women’s Tour, the Tour de France hit British roads and hills, the ever-popular Tour of Britain and more cycling competition gold at the Commonwealth Games, Northamptonshire County Council’s cycling programme has seen hundreds of people get out on bikes and join in the amazing season of biking.

To recognise the success of the partnership, British Cycling Recreation Manager for Northamptonshire presented the framed jersey to deputy leader Councillor Heather Smith, as a lasting reminder of an unforgettable summer.

‘We enjoyed a summer like no other in Britain, from the Tour de France in Yorkshire to Northamptonshire hosting the inaugural stage of the first ever Women’s Tour, as well as supporting our heroes at the Commonwealth Games. It’s a great time to be inspired by cycling and we’ve really enjoyed working with Northamptonshire County Council to get more people on more bikes than ever before,’ said Peter Cox from British Cycling.

Councillor Heather Smith said: “We were so proud to host the first leg of the first-ever Women’s Tour back in May this year.
“It was a hugely memorable day with thousands of people turning out to cheer on the cyclists as they raced through the county. And importantly, it kicked off a host of cycling events and activities, and was a great way to demonstrate Northamptonshire’s commitment to getting people on their bikes and being more active, therefore improving their health and wellbeing.”

In the last five years of British Cycling’s partnership with Sky, more and more people in Britain have been getting into cycling regularly – more than one million now cycle once a month. The partnership with Northamptonshire County Council has helped contribute to this figure and there are hundreds of opportunities to continue to ride in Northamptonshire through Sky Ride Local guided rides, women-only Breeze rides and Britain’s biggest social cycling network, Ride Social.

Peter Cox said ‘Ultimately, we want to continue to get more people on bikes, riding recreationally and really falling in love with cycling. After such a positive summer in Northamptonshire, and with so many more opportunities to keep cycling with Breeze and Ride Social, we are looking forward to that continuing long into autumn and beyond.’

To find out about more opportunities to ride your bike in Northamptonshire, visit www.goskyride.com or www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cycling

For the first year of the British Cycling partnership:

  • Almost 600 people have taken part in the programme.
  • 61% of people attending rides are women.
  • We now have 24 ride leaders in the county and 15 Breeze Champions (female leaders)

About Sky Ride

British Cycling and Sky have come together to help get even more people riding their bikes and falling in love with cycling. However you ride, we've created a whole range of ways for you to get involved – from big traffic-free events, to local guided rides; from women-only rides and support, to tips, ideas and great routes. In 2012 we achieved our joint goal (a year early) of getting one million more Britons on their bikes and cycling regularly (once a month) by 2013.

Sky Rides are big, celebratory cycling events which take over a town or city centre so lots of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route. With a real festival atmosphere, they’re a fun, free day out for families and friends to enjoy, with loads to do both on and off a bike.

Sky Ride Locals are free, local bike rides guided by friendly British Cycling trained Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes.
With different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge. For more information, visit goskyride.com.

About British Cycling

British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling as recognised by the UCI – the international federation for the sport. Based in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport (BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-Cross, Road, Track and Cycle Speedway), from providing the support and encouragement people need to get riding their bikes for the first time, to being home to the hugely successful Great Britain Cycling Team. Continued success at the highest level is inspiring a boom in participation across the nation. There have never been more opportunities to ride a bike, be it for fun or sport, and British Cycling is at the heart of this growth.

For more information, visit www.britishcycling.org.uk