Alexandra Park Easyrider

Saturday 15th March 2014 at 10.30am 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
Main car park, Alexandra Park, Park Road Oldham  OL8 2BN
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.
1 hours 30 mins  (1 hours 0 mins cycling)
Breeze Bike Rides
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


Breeze Bike Rides in Oldham

Join us for a short ride around Alexandra Park, a beautiful Victorian park close to the centre of Oldham. The park has gardens, a boating lake and a children's play area. Toilets are available in the park.

A short, steady loop of about 1 mile around the park on well-surfaced and mostly level paths. You may complete one loop or several (we will try for 3 this time). This ride is aimed at relatively new cyclists or those returning to cycling after a long break. You will not need to be very fit to take part! We hope to offer this ride at regular intervals so the length and pace can be adjusted to help you build up your fitness level and cycling confidence. On later rides we may venture outside the park onto nearby off-road paths.

Any bike of any type is fine for this ride, but if you've not ridden yours in a while please make sure it is in good working order. Most bike shops will be happy to check your bike for you at little or no cost if you don't feel confident about this. We will perform a quick bike check at the start of the ride but if your bike does not appear to be safe to ride you will not be able to take part. If you have them one or more spare inner tubes of the correct size are a good idea to carry on rides as we may not have spares in your size (your ride leader will happily show you how to deal with punctures if any occur). Most paths in the park are suitable for child trailers and bikes with stabilizers and we will modify the route to suit your needs.

Newcomers to Breeze rides are very welcome. We'll always ride at the pace of the slowest rider so no one is left behind. It's a good idea to bring some water and you may also want to bring a snack. Dress appropriately for the weather: in cool weather it's good to wear lots of thin layers, so you can add/remove them as needed; a rain jacket is a good idea too!

Wearing a helmet is advisable; if you don't have one please do not to worry you can still take part. If you enjoy the bike ride and would like to come again perhaps you could look to buy one then. Please note all children under the age of 16 MUST wear a helmet.

Don't forget…. Breeze are on a mission to spread the word about their rides, and need your help. If you introduce one friend who goes on to take part in a Breeze ride, you'll receive a Breeze water bottle, introduce a second friend, you'll be the proud owner of one of their swish Breeze Buffs, and introduce a third friend and Breeze will send you £15 of Love2Shop vouchers. Read the article on the homepage for more information.

If you have any questions please email us at breezenetworkgm@gmail.comor post us a message on Facebook

Look forward to seeing you there!

Starting Point
Main car park, Alexandra Park, Park Road Oldham 
Starting Postcode

Meet the Champions

  • Becky Eliot
    Becky Eliot About me: I’m a science teacher in my mid-thirties. I enjoy archery, swimming, occasional rock climbing, astrophysics, sci-fi and fantasy and dabbling with computers. Why I wanted to be a Breeze Champion: Having just returned to cycling a couple of years ago after more than a decade it’s really been brought home to me how much riding a bike has done for me. While I don’t honestly think it would bring world peace if we all spent more time freewheeling down hills, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people out there who would be happier and healthier for a regular bike ride. On my wobbly and tentative first few times back in the saddle, wondering all the while if I wasn’t too old for all this, I was lucky to count on some patient and friendly people who imparted useful advice, made sure I wasn’t alone and didn’t laugh at me all that much. Thanks to them I now use my bike regularly. I want there to be someone there to do that for everyone who wants to start or return to riding a bike. I also get to have like-minded people to cycle with, and company is always nice. I’ve seen all the statistics about the cycling gender gap and how women and girls are mostly not getting the exercise that’s recommended. I’m aware of some of the reasons, both from reading up on the subject and from things that have held me back. In my opinion the only cycling gap should be the one between you and the bike in front. I believe that what Breeze offers may be part of the solution. Why I love my bike: Not owning a car, my bike is transport that’s reliable and flexible. It’s exercise that I’ve still managed through various injuries that put running and going to the gym on hold, and has helped me in managing a long-term health condition. It’s exercise I enjoy, not endure. It’s somewhere to unwind at the end of a long and stressful week. It’s fresh air and interesting places I might never have found any other way. It’s all the people I’ve met along the way. What I’d like to say to anyone who is hesitant about booking a Breeze ride: If you’re worried about keeping up, or think you have the least impressive bike around, or you’re horrified at the thought of donning lycra, please be aware that this is not that sort of cycling. I want my rides to be friendly, relaxed and fun, and I really will go at the pace of the slowest rider. I want to see people unwinding, enjoying the scenery and having a chat. There’s often a big gap between going for a ride in the park and joining an organized cycling group. For me Breeze sat perfectly in that gap, and has given me the confidence to contemplate longer rides. I don’t expect everyone will want that, and if you just want to get out in the fresh air and go for a bike ride I really hope you give Breeze a try.

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