All about Sky Ride Local

Join us on a Sky Ride Local bike ride

On a free Sky Ride Local ride you’ll be guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along carefully-planned routes perfect for you – whether you’re looking to get fit, spend time with the family, discover new routes or just enjoy the outdoors. With three different levels, there’s something for everyone.

 

Easygoing

Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding? Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.

 

Steady

If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.

 

Challenging

You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging rides. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.

 

Register your free place at goskyride.com

 

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Whatever your age, level of fitness or confidence, we’ve got a great ride for you.

All Sky Ride Local rides are led by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders – real cycling enthusiasts who know the routes and can encourage and guide you along the way.

Easygoing

Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding?  Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.

Steady

If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.

Challenging

You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to be fairly fit to take part in Challenging rides. As well as covering a good distance, there may well be a few hills along the way! If you fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you.

 

How much does it cost to participate in a Sky Ride?

All Sky Ride events are absolutely free! Just register at goskyride.com.

What types of routes can I expect?

The routes are intended to be fun, safe and interesting, with the distance, duration and terrain of the ride varying according to the three colour coded levels - Easygoing, Steady or Challenging.

How do I know which level is right for me?

There’s a Sky Ride Local for everyone - to help choose your ride level, take a look at the descriptions using the ‘Levels’ tab above. If you’re still unsure, then please get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ section on the website.

How fit do I have to be?

Sky Ride Local rides are for everyone, no matter how fit they are. These aren’t races, so even if you’re not the fittest person in the world you can still enjoy it. Just take it easy and select the right level for you. If you’re still unsure, pick an Easygoing ride and if you find it too easy try Steady the next time. You’ll also be able to ask the Ride Leaders when you’re on a ride to advise you on others which suit you.

How do I register for a Sky Ride Local?

Just click ‘Find a Ride’ at the top of the page and put in your postcode or location to see all of your nearest available rides. Find a ride that suits you, check your diary and click register! You’ll receive confirmation and reminder emails ahead of the ride. If you give us your mobile number we’ll send a text reminder a few days before the ride.

Can I sign up for more than one Sky Ride Local?

Yes, absolutely. Whether you take part in one, two or more Sky Ride Local rides depends entirely upon you. Please remember to cancel your place if you can’t make it, though, so someone else can fill your space.

The ride I want to go on is full. What can I do?

If the ride you want to go on is full register your interest anyway, so if anyone cancels or new places are created we’ll let you know. Alternatively, you could look for another ride with available places. Availability is shown for every ride.

How do I cancel my pre-booked place on a Sky Ride Local?

If for any reason you can’t make it, simply log back in with your username and password. Go to your dashboard, find the ride in your ‘Ride Diary’ section and click cancel. You’ll automatically receive a cancellation email to confirm. You can also cancel via SMS if you provide us with your mobile details when you register or update your personal profile.

What if I turn up on the day without registering?

If we’ve got space for you to join in on the day, then of course you can come along. We’ll just need you to complete your registration details with the Ride Leader and accept the terms and conditions like everyone else.

If the ride is at full capacity then unfortunately you won’t be able to take part. To avoid missing out please register in advance.

Is there a rider minimum age? Do I need parental/guardian consent?

The minimum age for Easygoing and Steady rides is five years old. Children under five can join in these levels as long as they're appropriately strapped into an approved (BSI standard) child seat or trailer.

The minimum age for Challenging rides is 11. If you provide a false age for your child they won't be covered by our insurance if there's an accident.

Our parental/guardian consent policy is as follows:

  • Under 16s – classed as minors, must be registered by and accompanied by a parent/guardian. There is a limit of four minors to one adult and that adult is responsible for and must remain with those minors at all times
  • Aged 18 and over – classed as adults, able to register themselves and attend on their own
  • Aged 16 and 17 – classed as adults, but able to register themselves only and therefore cannot register or be responsible for any minors (under 16s). Those aged 16 and 17 can attend the event on their own.
  • If a minor turns up with another adult/guardian aged 18 or over to take part in Sky Ride Local, it is assumed through acceptance of the terms and conditions the adult/guardian responsible for the minor will have the minor’s parental consent to their participation on the ride.

Who leads Sky Ride Local?

Friendly Ride Leaders trained by British Cycling lead the way on Sky Ride Local, so you’ll always be in safe hands. If you see a ride you fancy, click the ‘Ride Leaders’ tab to find out who’ll be leading it.

What equipment do I need as a Sky Ride participant?

To participate you'll need a bike. All bikes used for Sky Ride Local need to:

  • be in good working order
  • have fully inflated tyres
  • have two brakes that work or be fitted with a front brake if a fixed wheel bike
  • be an appropriate size to allow the rider to participate safely in the session
  • be appropriate to the environment, surface conditions and activity.

NOTE: Bikes without brakes are not considered safe or appropriate.

The Ride Leaders will do a simple bike check at the start of the ride but aren't mechanics so won’t be able to work miracles!

You should also try and bring a puncture Repair Kit and/or spare tubes, and an appropriate pump (with valves if necessary) that fits the tyres being used.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

All Ride Leaders and anyone under the age of 18 (including those in child seats and trailers) must wear a helmet that conforms to a recognised standard, is in good condition, and is correctly fitted and worn. For those aged over 18 the wearing of helmets conforming to the above standards is strongly recommended.

What clothes should I wear?

Comfortable and safe ones! It’s a good idea to make sure you don’t have anything likely to get caught in the workings of your bike such as flapping trousers or long laces. Wear comfy, flat shoes and bring something extra in case the weather changes.

What else should I bring?

It’s well worth bringing some food and water/drink, some money (if the ride stops at a cafe) and a mobile phone if you have one.

What happens if my bike breaks during the ride or I have an accident?

If anything goes wrong with your bike, or if you have an accident, please let your Ride Leader know. They’ll be able to administer first aid if necessary and/or assess whether your bike can be fixed. If the bike can’t be fixed at the time, or if you’re unable to continue the ride for any reason, the Ride Leader will discuss with you what course of action to take.

Am I insured whilst taking part in a Sky Ride?

Your registration on the ride through goskyride.com includes insurance cover. This covers third party liability, but not personal injury cover. If you register on the day (due to there being an available space) you’ll be covered by insurance as long as you’ve signed the appropriate register and agreed to the terms and conditions.

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