Spring Series 2014 - Cannon Hill Extreme

Sunday 9th March 2014 at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Outside Midlands Art Centre, Cannon Hill Park Edgbaston Road B12 9QH
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
4 hours 0 mins  (3 hours 0 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in Birmingham

You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to know your way around a bike and be fairly fit to take part in our Challenging rides. If you’re comfortable riding with other people and fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you. They start at around twenty miles long, and are paced at between 11 and 12 miles an hour.This 30 mile ride has a bit of everything and will satisfy the more committed cyclist looking for a challenge. The ride starts and finishes at Cannon Hill Park, just off Edgbaston Road. Once out of the city, the leafy lanes and complete tree canopy make the miles go by effortlessly, you'll have to try not to stop to take in the beautiful scenery! Encountering wide roads, narrow roads, long straights, hairpin bends and sharp climbs with fun descents, this is a perfect Challenging route. Come on lets go!

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
Please make sure your bike is in good working order and bring equipment with you to repair punctures, Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait. 

Car Parking
Yes, at Midlands Arts Centre Car Park, off Edgbaston Road.
Nearest Train Station
University approximately 1.5 miles away. 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Midlands Arts Centre and Cannon Hill Park  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Andy Smith
    Andy Smith This is now the 4th year I have been a Leader and Route Planner. This initiative has been great for getting people either back into cycling or starting from almost scratch. I am pleased to be a Leader again and look forward to some great riding over the coming months. I am a Paramedic by day job, also a National Standards Cycle Instructor and a Public Safety Cycling Instructor.
  • Colin Reed
    Colin Reed As a boy I used to ride my bikes a lot, but sadly I didn't carry on. Many years later I taught my children how to ride and occasionally I commuted by bike in London. Then in 2011 I bought a flat bar road bike and began commuting frequently a few miles to work. I discovered the fresh morning air and it gave me a great start to the day! It wasn't easy at first but I wanted to get fit and after a few weeks it got easier. Many months later I tried cycling more than 10 miles and it really boosted my confidence. So I tried some easy rides with a cycling club and rode further than I ever imagined possible. I loved riding through the countryside! I had definitely caught the cycling bug. Since then I've built up my ability. I've done many club rides, several sportives, and two long distance rides raising £32,000 for charity. One was 300 miles from London to Paris, and the other was 450 miles from Paris to Birmingham. In the last three years I've come a very long way. It seems totally unbelievable to me but, if I can do it, anyone can! Hope to see you on a SkyRide soon. Until then, enjoy your cycling and stay safe.
  • Mark Whiteman
    Mark Whiteman Hi, this is my second year as a Sky ride leader. I have always enjoyed playing and coaching sports throughout my younger years. I turned to cycling has my main sport when injury prevented me from taking part in other sports. I enjoy meeting new people and what better way to do than on a Sky ride and you get fitter too.
  • Gareth Somers
    Gareth Somers Hello 'Sky Riders' I came back to cycling some several years ago starting with an eight mile Sunday morning ride. This was to get fit for my first thirty two mile charity ride. Then I truly got the bug, and I joined the Skyride Team in 2013. I love to see the enjoyment people get, both young and old, from getting out on their bikes and exploring the countryside. I hope you enjoy your 2015 Skyride as much as the ride leaders do, we are all looking forward to seeing and spreading the word of how much fun cycling can be. Lets hope the sun shines this summer on our Sky Rides in 2015. Ride safe, Gareth
  • Westley Beckford
    Westley Beckford Hello everyone, I love off road mountain biking and ride up the lickey hills most weeks, I am an off road instructor and a bikeability instructor. I work at Lindsworth School in Kings Norton which caters for pupils with special educational needs and in September i am organising a vocational on and off road mountain bike course which will involve basic maintenance. I am looking forward to meeting all you keen riders soon. Wes B
  • Ian Hackett
    Ian Hackett Hello, Im Ian, a new ride leader for 2013, Im looking forward to helping you enjoy your cycling. I commute to work on my bike and like to get out on longer rides of a weekend, cycling is sociable and a great stress buster...and the cake can be delicious! See you soon.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Rob Mackie Monday 19th January Great ride and great route , will be going on this one again
  • Gareth Somers Thursday 8th January
  • peter craven Tuesday 9th December
  • Pauline Bennett Monday 24th November I love cycling this route it's a shame this is the last time for 2014.

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