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Get On Your Bike And Join A Cycling Event In Lichfield
Get on your bike, get fit, and get out and about to enjoy the area in and around the small but well formed cathedral city of Lichfield. That is the challenge facing local bike enthusiasts as Lichfield unveils its 2016 Cycle Rides for All programme.

Cycle Rides for All is to launch on Sunday 27 March with a three and a half mile taster ride setting off from Beacon Park in Lichfield. This event signals the start of free monthly cycle rides that are set to take place towards the end of the month, from March to September.

Lichfield Cycle Rides for All
Previous launch of Lichfield Cycle Rides for All

Each month the group cycles to a new destination, including Fisherwick Lakes, Weeford and Packington Moor Farm, Chasewater, the National Memorial Arboretum and Fradley Junction.

The rides are graded from level 1, which are suitable for beginners, to level 4, which are for more experienced cyclists.

Debby Whiting, from Freedom Cycles, an independent cycle shop in Lichfield, said: "We're really pleased to be starting the Sunday cycle rides later this month and hope plenty of people will join us for the first one of the series.

Lichfield Cycle Rides for All
Past cycle event in Chasewater with instructor Hayley Sheldon

We do a quick safety check of all the bikes before setting off, to make sure they are roadworthy. We also recommend that safety helmets are worn and that you bring a packed lunch and drink, although we do have a café stop on most rides."

Anyone who wants to join the Lichfield taster ride should turn up with their bikes at Beacon Park in Lichfield on Sunday 27 March at 11am. This ride is graded level 1, which means it is suitable for beginners. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Lichfield Cycle Rides for All
Samuel Johnson statue joins in the fun at Beacon Park cycle launch

To see the full Cycle Rides for All programme, please visit online here.

To find out more, or to check whether a ride is taking place if the weather is uncertain, please call Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Karl Sproston at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846.

Cycle Rides for All is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles, Bromford, North Lichfield Initiative and Lichfield City Council.

Lichfield Cycle Rides for All
Cyclists pedal from Lichfield to Whittington

Cycle Rides for All 2016 programme

27 March Lichfield taster ride. Meet at Beacon Park 11am
3.5 miles, level 1

24 April Fisherwick Lakes. Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
8.5 miles, level 2

29 May Tour de Lichfield. Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am
9 miles, level 2/3

26 June Weeford and Packington Moor. Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am. 23 miles, level 4

31 July Chasewater taster ride. Meet at Burntwood Library at 11am 6 miles, level 2

21 August National Memorial Arboretum. Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am 15 miles, level 3

25 September Fradley Junction. Meet at Freedom Cycles at 10am 12 miles, level 2
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Why? Get Out And About On Your Bike
When: 27 March - 25 September 2016
Phone: 01543 308846
Where: Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: Free
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