What is Sky Ride?
Sky Ride has been around for a few years now. A collaboration between Sky and British Cycling to get even more people riding their bikes and falling in love with cycling, events take place across the UK throughout the spring and summer months. From big and busy rides, to local guided routes and women-only events, at Ridersmate we’re always ready for some road cycling!
Who can take part?
The beauty of Sky Ride events is that they’re traffic-free and suitable for all ages and abilities. It very much has a sense of community about it, with everyone coming together to celebrate the freedom of getting around on two wheels. Each event has a designated route open for a set period but there’s no official start point or start time, you can ride as much or as little of the route as you like, and stop as many times as you want. Sky Ride publishes a route map for each event as soon as the details are confirmed.
How do I get involved?
It’s completely free and very easy to register. You’ll even get a free Halfords bike check worth £14.99 just for signing up, and Halfords bike experts are present at the events for additional advice and servicing. This is handy because even if you keep your own ride in tip-top condition, it’s a great way to get friends and family who are newer to cycling to join in. You can also register anyone joining you on the day all in one go, so there’s no need to add each person separately.
What if it rains?
The guys at Sky Ride are just like us, in that nothing keeps them from riding! You’re given a map and a reflective bib and then off you go, come rain or shine. Being a pro, you’ll already know that bringing a helmet, rain poncho, water and snacks are part of a rider’s best practice.
Is it a race?
Not at all. As mentioned, people can start and finish any time they like, so there are no winners or losers. However, if you can’t put aside your competitive streak for even one day, the routes come with a ‘sprint zone’ for racing friends and family – just make sure they agree to it first, otherwise your granny might get a bit miffed when you go shooting off into the distance.
Take your Ridersmate every time
Sky Ride events are very busy and very safe, so even if you do have an accident there’ll be someone there to help you. Having said that, we recommend that you get into the habit of wearing Ridersmate every time you get on your bike, that way it will become an automatic part of your routine and you’ll never run the risk of going on a ride without it.
Image credit: Sky Ride