Council officials hope to cash in on Tour de France fever - by getting people out on their bikes.

They have arranged two “Skyrides” this coming weekend, for riders of all ages.

One sets off from the Leeds Road playing fields complex at 10am on Sunday, July 13.

The route is 14 miles and takes in roads between Deighton and Mirfield as well as footpaths alongside the Huddersfield Broad Canal and the River Calder.

Organisers say the ride is perfect for anybody wanting to increase the distance they ride while remaining fairly flat all the way round.

The second ride is a more challenging 27 miles and is billed as Quest of the Summer Wine.

It sets off at 10am on Sunday from the Holmfirth swimming pool and takes in a hilly route across much of the Holme Valley.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “Don’t be put off though as there are plenty of flat sections in between hills to appreciate ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ country and as with all our rides, it’s a bike ride we do together.

“You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to know your way around a bike and be fairly fit to take part in our Challenging rides. If you’re comfortable riding with other people and fancy a fresh challenge, these rides are perfect for you. They ares paced at between 11 and 12 miles an hour.

“If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way”.

Helmets must be worn by all under 18’s regardless of ride level and riders must have equipment to repair punctures,

See more at: http://www.goskyride.com

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