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Published 8th Aug 2011

Enjoying ice cream on Sky Ride Local Middlesbrough ride

A series of free bike rides in and around Middlesbrough for cyclists of all abilities continue and are again proving to be very popular this summer.

Sky Ride Local rides are fun, friendly and free community bike rides that help people get out and explore their local area.

They’re led by a British Cycling trained ride leader who can provide support and give tips, whatever age or ability.

Sky Ride events started in Middlesbrough last year and have been hugely popular.

Almost 4,000 people turned out at the main Sky Ride event in July, which visited the new 1km Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit.

The Sky Ride local routes this Sunday (14/8) are:

The Mooch to Morton, a four mile family-friendly ride, which takes in the perimeter of Hemlington Lake, with its varied flora and fauna. The ride then moves out of the Lakeside Park with a loop towards Morton, where you'll pass Newham Grange Farm in Coulby Newham - you might even catch a glimpse of the animals. You'll then pass through the wooded Fairy Dell before returning to Hemlington Lake, where you can relax after the ride in beautiful surroundings or take advantage of the play park.

The Challenging Tour of Cleveland, This rolling 27 mile out and back route starts at the new Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit, taking in the small towns and villages of Cleveland enroute to Guisborough on the edge of the Cleveland Hills. There's historical interest along the way - you'll pass through Great Ayton, birthplace of adventurer Captain Cook before skirting the market town of Guisborough on your way to the undoubted highlight of the ride – a hilly loop that flirts with the edge of the imposing Cleveland Hills, with views dominated by the spectacular and distinctive Roseberry Topping Hill and the rugged beauty of Eston Moors.

Sky Ride local rides are happening in Middlesbrough every Sunday until the end of September.

Sky Ride, in partnership with British Cycling, has the aim of boosting cycling’s popularity across the U.K and having one million people cycling regularly by 2013.

The Sky Ride local rides are completely free of charge and are open to everyone.

However, spaces are limited and are on a first come first served basis.

To find out more and to register for these events you can visit their website at:

Breeze Network – Bike Rides for Women

The Breeze network from British Cycling is all about fun, local bike rides for women, by women – and there's a whole range of support, training and ride opportunities too. The network's informal and relaxed. It’s what you want it to be.

Breeze is part of British Cycling’s commitment to getting more women riding bikes for fun, and encouraging more women to join British Cycling. Together we can change cycling for women

Sunday 14th August

The Riverside Loop:

This ride starts at the Tees Barrage and heads along the river to Newport bridge. We then cross Newport Bridge on the cycle path and ride along the other side of the river towards the Infinity Bridge. After crossing the bridge we then ride back to the Barrage. The whole route is on traffic free cycle paths.

Book your place at

Useful links

Love Middlesbrough: Notable Middlesbrough - Sports

Middlesbrough Cycle Centre

Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit


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