Saddle up!

Here’s a great initiative I’ve been to slow to post up here – sorry about that. It seems that starting last Monday, there will be regular, weekly instructor-led group cycle rides from a number of locations in the Walsall Borough, including Oak Park in Walsall Wood.

This is an initiative I wholly support, as anyone who’s been reading this blog for more than ten minutes could probably tell. It’s nice to see Councillor Harris lending his support, too. Perhaps he’ll join in at the Walsall Wood excursions…

Walsall Council issued the following press release:

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Special gear not needed – just get out and enjoy the ride! Imge from barn Door Cycling.

Social cycle rides led by British cycling trained instructors will launch across Walsall from next week (Monday 2 June) as part of an ongoing Sport England funded programme encouraging residents to become more active.

The social cycle rides are between four and seven miles long and aimed at beginners of all abilities and fitness levels.For those without a bike free hire is also available on one of the rides.

Rides set off from the following venues every week and people can simply turn up. Meeting points are:

  • Monday:- Darlaston Town Hall (6.30pm). Free bike hire is available – bring photo ID with you.
  • Monday:- Oak Park Leisure Centre (7.30pm).
  • Tuesday:- Walsall Arboretum bowls pavilion (5.30pm).
  • Wednesday:- Sporting Khalsa Football Club, Noose Lane, Willenhall (5.30pm).
  • Thursday:- Bloxwich Leisure Centre (6.30pm).
  • Friday:- Bloxwich Leisure Centre (midday). This ride is for ladies only.
  • Friday:- The Stick & Wicket Club,The Green, Aldridge (6pm).

Councillor Anthony Harris, portfolio holder for leisure and culture in Walsall Council coalition, said: ‘Cycling is a great way of keeping fit but it can also be quite lonely if you are doing it by yourself which is where the social cycle groups come in.

‘The aim of the Inspiring Generations programme is to help people of all ages see that sport can be fun whilst improving your health and making friends at the same time. This programme is just one of many ways in which we are encouraging people to be more active, more often and build on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.’

Inspiring Generations is one of 36 projects nationally to receive a share of £5.9 million Sport England funding to support grassroots sports activity. Its aim is to encourage people to Try, Play, Love and Lead Sport.

There are 50 different types of activities being developed across 18 different sports over the three years of the project with the intention these will continue a long time beyond that.

Details of all the activities covered by the Inspiring Generations programme can be found here. People can also register for email updates when new programmes are launched and for information about volunteer opportunities.

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Cycling is a great way to get in shape and keep fit, like these ladies. Image from Barn Door Cycling. Oh, yes.

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