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Cycle rides for all with choice of free group trips to park
It is time to get back in the saddle and sign up to take part in the latest free group cycle ride which is taking place this month. June's Cycle Rides for All event takes place on Sunday 24 June with the destination being the delightful Chasewater Country Park near Brownhills. However, the latest Cycle Ride for All is a bit different from the others in the series, as it will provide cyclists with two different options for joining in the ride. Lichfield cyclists can join in from the city's Beacon Park at 10am to go on a 20-mile ride to Chasewater and back again. Alternatively, Burntwood cyclists can meet up with the group at Burntwood Leisure Centre at 11am to join in a 6-mile ride around Chasewater.
Cycle Rides for All are graded from level 1, which are suitable for beginners, to level 4, which are for more experienced cyclists. The Chasewater ride from Lichfield is graded level 4, which means it is unsuitable for beginners. The ride is graded level 1 for anyone starting from Burntwood, which makes it suitable for all. Cycle Rides for All is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles and Lichfield ReCycle. Jamie Dodd, Health & Wellbeing Activator at Lichfield District Council, said: "The cycle rides are a great way to discover the brilliant network of local cycle tracks we have across the district and a good way to meet other local cyclists. All the bikes receive a quick safety check before setting off, to make sure they are roadworthy. We also recommend wearing cycle helmets and that you bring a packed lunch and drink, although there is a café stop on most rides."
Riders urged to sign up for latest Cycle Rides For All
Anyone who wants to join the ride should bring their bikes to Beacon Park at 10am or Burntwood Leisure Centre at 11am. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. For the full Cycle Rides for All programme, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cyclerides. To find out more, or to check whether a ride is taking place if the weather is uncertain, please call Lichfield District Council's parks team on 01543 308867 or Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633. Cyclists need to be aware that the routes may change depending on leader availability. An alternative route may also be offered if there are not enough ride leaders for a particular event.
Chasewater on Sunday 24 June - meet at Beacon Park at 10am – 20 miles, level 4, or Burntwood Leisure Centre 11am – 6 miles, level 1 Burntwood Taster Ride on Sunday 29 July - meet at Burntwood Leisure Centre at 11am – 6 miles, level 1 National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 19 August - meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am – 15 miles, level 3 Fradley Junction on Sunday 30 September - meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am -12 miles, level 2