Get back in the saddle with Sky Ride

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Cyclists wanting to get back in the saddle after the Tour de Yorkshire raced through our county can book a place on the first Sky Ride of the season.

The ride takes place on Sunday, May 8, from Crow Nest Park, in Dewsbury.

It will be an easy, traffic-free session along the greenway, river and canal paths to the south of Dewsbury town centre.

The free ride starts at 10am and participants should meet at the Park Café off Heckmondwike Road.

The gentle one-hour route will be suitable for anyone who has not cycled for a while and is looking for to get back in the saddle.

It is also intended be a confidence builder and provide a fun way to encourage friends or kids to start riding.

On Sunday, May 15, families are invited to join in with the third Tour de Roberttown, a 2.7mile community cycle ride around the village.

Attendees are also being encouraged to bake a cake inspired by the event, which will be judged during the event.

Those who want to take part should meet in Commonside, Roberttown, at 11am.

It is estimated that more than two million spectators watched from the route of the second Tour de Yorkshire over the course of the weekend.

And organisers say the race will have generated at least £50m for the region’s economy.

After Friday’s 185km first stage between Beverley and Settle, the elite cyclists raced 136km from Otley to Doncaster on Saturday.

The race culminated in a final 198km stretch between Middlesbrough and Scarborough on Sunday as the route wound through the North York Moors and picture-postcard seaside towns.

Welcome to Yorkshire chief Sir Gary Verity said: “It’s been a huge success with bigger crowds than we had last year.

“We built on last year’s event and have some thoughts that we will debate in the office this week.

“Some of our ideas depend on if we get an extra day which will mean we can do a lot more for women’s cycling.

Having a fourth day will have a massive impact.

“There is a lot more we can do.”

To take part in the Sky Ride, but places need to be booked online at www.goskyride.com