29 June 2015

Northamptonshire County Council is inviting people who were inspired by the Aviva Women’s Tour to take part in one of the many cycling events taking place this summer.

Thousands of people turned out to watch stage three of the race on 19th June as it made its way through Northamptonshire from Oundle to Kettering.

Alongside the Women’s Tour, a programme of cycling events has been organised throughout the county for anyone who is interested in getting back on their bike.

Summer of Cycling

The Summer of Cycling programme includes guided bike rides and cycling festivals for all ages and abilities, including British Cycling SkyRide Local and women’s Breeze rides.

The following free bike rides are taking place over the coming weeks:

  • Sunday 5th July at 10am, 12-mile route starting from Daventry Country Park
  • Sunday 5th July at 2pm, 5-mile route starting from the Salcey Forest cafe
  • Sunday 12th July at 10am, 18-mile route starting from Brampton Valley Way car park
  • Sunday 12th July at 2pm, 4-mile route starting from Stanwick Lakes visitor centre
  • Sunday 19th July at 10am, 21-mile route starting from the Quarryman’s Cafe at Irchester Country Park
  • Sunday 19th July at 10am, 10-mile route starting from the Nene White Water Centre, Northampton

People can also come along to Northampton Cyclefest at Becket's Park on Saturday 1st August and Daventry Cyclefest on Saturday 5th September at Daventry County Park, which both offer a free family day of cycling and bike-related activities.

Family activity

Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Cycling is a fantastic way of getting active because it’s something you can do as a family while benefiting from some physical exercise.

“Our Summer of Cycling programme features a whole host of guided bike rides and events, plus a wealth of information about cycle routes across Northamptonshire.

“I’m sure the return of the Aviva Women’s Tour has inspired many people to get back on their bikes and I’d encourage everyone to make the most of this opportunity to get cycling!”

To find out more about cycling in Northamptonshire, including further information about bike rides near you, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cycling.