Help get cyclists on their bikes

Calderdale will host part of next year's Tour de France. PA Wire
Calderdale will host part of next year's Tour de France. PA Wire

The hunt is on for cycling enthusiasts in Calderdale to inspire people to get on their bikes.

British Cycling is looking for the next generation of Ride Leaders to promote the exciting, friendly and sociable elements of bike rides.

The free Ride Leadership Award supports individuals to lead and deliver group bike rides in their local area and shares tips and advice on all practical aspects of a bike ride.

It is hoped the initiative will capitalise on the interest surrounding cycling in Calderdale after the region was chosen to host part of the Grand Depart of next year’s Tour de France.

Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said: “Ride Leadership is a great way to bring local people together and continue to build excitement for cycling as we eagerly await the Tour de France coming to Calderdale in summer 2014.

“Hopefully it will encourage local cyclists to get involved and help inspire our communities to enjoy cycling for sport and for fun.”

“After completing the leadership award, Ride Leaders will receive free kit and British Cycling Ride membership. Anyone interested in attending the course should visit or email and tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Ride Leader.”

There will be a course at the Drama Studio, Ravenscliffe School on Saturday, June 29 where anyone interested in becoming a Ride Leader can find out more information.