There will be no Sky Ride in Birmingham this year, the second year in a row the closed-road event will not be held. That’s despite the city’s council saying in May last year when it cancelled the 2014 edition that it hoped to bring the mass participation ride back this year.
Birmingham has become the second major British city to cancel its mass participation Sky Ride – although unlike Edinburgh, which is focusing instead on racing with the ultimate aim of attracting the Tour de France, it’s hoped the mass participation event will return to the West Midlands city next year.
British Cycling is calling on cyclists to sign up for free training as Ride Leaders to help it capitalise on the surge in interest in cycling following Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic success last year and of course Bradley Wiggins’ victory in the Tour de France.
A women's cycling group, set up by a mother in Basingstoke, has won plaudits from a Government minister and local MP who took part in a recent women's only ride.
Maria Miller who is Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pension, and the local MP, joined a Breeze cycle network ride in Hatch Warren Community Centre, run by Ruth Crawford.
Figures released by Sport England as part of its latest Active People Survey show that the equivalent of 81,000 more people in England cycled regularly in the 12 months to April 2012, compared to the previous survey released six months ago.
British Cycling and Sky have issued an invitation to join world champion Mark Cavendish, currently enjoying a welcome day of rest as he chases the Giro d'Italia points jersey, for what is billed as a leisurely bike ride in one of London's parks next Tuesday 29 May.
As the countdown to London 2012 steps up a gear today – the opening ceremony is just 100 days away - British Cycling’s chief executive has highlighted ways in which people inspired by the exploits of the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Mark Cavendish and Shanaze Reade this summer can get involved with cycling. The governing body has also revealed that more than 100 cycling clubs have already entered the Go Ride Games initiative for under-16s, announced earlier this month.
You may recall that back in May we reported that Sir Chris Hoy had launched a search for the Nation’s Perfect Hill to Ride Down – well, the nominations are in and a shortlist of ten has been drawn up, including Arthur’s Seat in the four time Olympic champion’s home city, Edinburgh, and Ralph Allen Drive in road.cc’s own home town, Bath.
Boris Johnson was yesterday joined for the third year in the row by model Kelly Brook to launch the Mayor of London’s Sky Ride which takes place this year on Sunday 4 September on a traffic-free 7.2-mile route in the heart of the capital.