Free bikes rides on offer in Ribble Valley

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FAMILIES in the Ribble Valley are invited to get on their bikes and take part in four free cycle rides.

The two-hour rides, led by qualified cycle leaders, will set off from Clitheroe and Longridge every Friday from today (July 22nd) to August 12th, taking in some of Ribble Valley’s most beautiful countryside.

The rides have been organised as part of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Inspire programme, to inspire residents of all ages to get in the 2012 Olympic spirit by taking part in new sporting activities.

All residents taking part need a cycle and helmet, and the Longridge rides will be preceded by cycle maintenance workshops courtesy of Steve Barnett of Longridge bike shop The Orange Apple.

The rides start at 6-30 p.m. and will be led by cyclists from Clitheroe Bike Club and Ribble Valley Junior Cyclists.

Ribble Valley Borough Council sports development officer Tom Bamber said: “Cycling is enjoying a comeback and, as well as being one of the easiest ways to keep fit, is a fabulous family activity.”

The rides will set off from the Platform Gallery in Station Road, Clitheroe, today and August 12th, and from Longridge Civic Hall in Calder Avenue on July 29th and August 5th.

Participants will need to register. Details and registration forms are available from Tom Bamber on 01200 414553.