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Free, fun summer cycling across the Royal Borough with Sky Ride Local

4th June 2014

Categories: News

The council has once again teamed up with colleagues from British Cycling and Sky to help promote a series of free, fun summer bike rides across the Royal Borough.

Residents – who are either beginners, intermediate or more advanced cyclists – are being urged to get on their bikes and take part in the Sky Ride Local programme which offers the chance to join organised, guided rides of varying distances and difficulties.

Sky Ride Locals are free, local bike rides guided by friendly British Cycling trained ride leaders along scenic planned routes. With different levels, there is something for everyone. Sky Ride Local starts on Sunday June 8 and ends on Sunday 19 October

Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Cycling is one of the council’s top priorities for recreation and sustainable transport. The Royal Borough has excellent cycle routes to explore and is fully supportive of this great initiative that aims to help residents enjoy a fitter, healthier, cheaper and more efficient way to enjoy the outdoors on a bike.”

The first three Sky Ride Locals in the borough are:

  • Ride the 1948 Olympic Road Race on Sunday 8 June at 10am
  • Windsor Jubilee River Jaunt on Sunday 15 June at 2pm
  • Windsor, Ascot and Dorney Lake Challenge on Sunday 22 June at 10am.

For more information about these rides and others that are scheduled throughout the course of the programme visit

Deputy Mayor Cllr James Evans, who is also chairman of the cycle forum, said: “As a keen cyclist myself I appreciate the freedom, fun and fitness that cycling offers – especially when it is part of an organised ride that takes in some of the borough’s most beautiful scenery.

“Where else can you retrace the route of an Olympic road race, take in the stunning views down the Long Walk to Windsor Castle – as part of the Savill Garden Circular rides – and along Dorney Lake which was the scene for some wonderful rowing events as part of London 2012?

“I encourage everyone – young and old – to get their bikes out and take advantage of this great opportunity.”

As part of the drive to encourage more people to cycle, British Cycling is offering a range of prizes – including a cycle satellite navigation system, helmet and lock – for those who register to take part in one of the rides. Participants will be entered into a monthly prize draw to win one of the great prizes.

Andrew Chaston, British Cycling’s recreation manager – south east, said: “Cycling’s never been more popular, and whatever your age or fitness level, it’s easy to get involved. We’re delighted to be working with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to make it even easier for local people to get out on their bikes and have some fun this summer.”

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