Enthusiastic cyclists in the borough are being invited to come forward and train to be cycle champions as part of a new Sky Ride Local programme in Richmond upon Thames.
Sky Ride Local are a series of small, informal cycle rides coordinated by British Cycling and Richmond Council. The group rides are led by British Cycling trained ride leaders, who guide participants along the route, and provide tips and advice on cycle safety and skills.
British Cycling is looking for enthusiastic residents to get involved in the local Sky Ride programme for 2011. By training as a British Cycling Ride Leader, participants will be able to inspire cyclists and receive a recognised qualification. All ride leaders will receive training on how to prepare to lead a ride, delivering and reviewing a ride, health and safety and the code of conduct.
The training is free and provides you with a formal qualification that can be used outside of the programme, in return for the training cyclists volunteer as a leader on a minimum of four Sky Ride Local rides in Richmond in the late summer and early autumn of 2011.
Approximately 30 ride leaders are required for the launch of the 2011 programme later this spring.
Cllr Katharine Harborne, Champion of Cycling for the borough, said:
“We already have a number of led-cycle rides across this borough, coordinated by the Council and local cycling groups. Over the next few months, thanks to this partnership with British Cycling, we will be adding 73 more, providing an excellent way for people to see more of our beautiful area.
“We are already a borough of keen cyclists, and who better to lead the way than local residents. If you’re looking for a new challenge, want to meet other riders or just a family day out with a difference, apply to be a Sky Ride leader.”
Stewart Kellett, Director of Recreation and Partnerships for British Cycling, added:
“Sky Ride relies on a hugely important group of volunteers to make the events happen. Without their amazing energy, enthusiasm and commitment to get people riding, we simply wouldn't be able to offer the Sky Ride experience.
“There's a load of different things to get involved in so if you're up for dipping your toe in the water or want to change the world, there's something for you. Whatever the deal, you'll hook up with some brilliant people and have a lot of fun. Along the way, you'll help make Sky Ride a big success.”
If you are interested in becoming a Sky Ride Leader or for more information – please email firstname.lastname@example.org Richmond training events are on the 15th and 21st May.
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