These rides start at 6:45 pm every Monday from Straw's Bridge in Ilkeston. They are free to join, supported by Erewash Borough Council & led by trained volunteers. All you need to do is bring your bike, dress for cycling and have a bottle of water handy if you want one.
Our Beginners ride is for people who think they would benefit from getting more active, so you don’t need to be able to breeze along on a bike for mile after mile or climb any hill in your path. The sort of person we want to encourage to join our Beginners Rides are those who want a gentle introduction to cycling. If that describes you or anyone you know, that’s great, these are just the sort of people we want to encourage.
Once your fitness improves, we have our Intermediate and Advanced rides for you to progress onto. You can even start on one of these rides if you already have a basic level of cycling fitness.
All of the rides last for about 90 minutes & they stick mainly to cycle paths and bridleways, so there are very few roads and little traffic to negotiate. The pace of the ride is carefully controlled in order to make sure that no one struggles to keep up and that we can all keep together as a group.
We know that taking the first step and trying something like this can be a bit daunting, so the focus is on encouragement and not leaving people to struggle. The only surprise will be how quickly your cycling ability improves!
Our rides usually take place around Shipley Park so are traffic free.
If we do venture out of the park it is only on quiet roads
We always have a mid point refreshments break.
Please bring a drink and clothing appropriate for the weather forecast.
We never leave anyone behind
All routes use cycle paths, bridleways and cycling trails. Most rides are entirely off-road, but occasionally we link the trails using short stretches of very quiet roads. We aim to cover about 10 miles.
Traffic free. Surfaces mainly tarmac or packed stone cycle tracks.
We always stop halfway for a snack, which is usually provided by the organisers.
A serviceable bike, helmet, appropriate clothing for the conditions, water if needed.
This ride has three levels. Beginners, Improvers and Advanced. In beginners, you can ride at whatever pace suits you. You can even walk some of the way if you want to. You won't hold anyone up, people in the Beginners group are there to help and encourage you back into cycling. If you've already improved your cycling fitness, you can have a go at Improvers of Advanced to test yourself a bit more.