Series of guided rides for new cyclists wishing to ride further

'Ride Further' events take place all around the UK this autumn from the people who brought you Sky Rides

Mayor of London Skyride 2009, 20 September 2009

New cyclists who want to ride for longer and further can do so by taking part in a new tour-guided event.

On the back of the success of the town centre-based, closed road Sky Ride that take part at numerous locations across the country throughout the summer, the Ride Further events are designed for those who want to take their cycling to the extra level and involve themselves in the social side of the sport.

There are nine routes at six locations taking place in the autumn and each ride will involve about 40 miles of cycling around nearby countryside with a café stop en route.

Those who take part in the free events must be at least 16, competent at riding 30 miles and able to maintain an average speed of 13-15mph. Road bikes and a basic repair kit are also required.

Stewart Kellet, British Cycling’s director of recreation and partnerships, said: “The beauty of these rides, which will run for about six weeks from the middle of September, is that they allow a bit more of a test to those people who are seeking to take their cycling further, while still providing a supported environment, led by our excellent Ride Leaders.”

Ride Further dates

Bournemouth (Looping the New Forest, 42 miles): September 28; October 19

Southampton (Test Valley Villages and Views, 44.5 miles): October 5; October 26

Sheffield: TBC

London (Dick Turpin Ride, 41 miles): October 5; October 19; November 2

London (Arcadian Kent Explorer, 40 miles): September 28; October 12; October 26

Birmingham (Warwickshire Wanderer, 43 miles): September 21; October 5; October 26

Birmingham (Cannon Hill Extreme, 41 miles): September 28; October 12

Manchester (The Charisma of Cheshire, 40 miles): September 28; October 12; October 26

Manchester (Secret Lanes to Jodrell Bank, 40 miles): October 5; October 19

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.