British Cycling and the National Trust are looking for Ride Leaders to lead Sky Ride Local guided bike rides at National Trust Places across the region.

The Sky Ride Local programme offers free guided bike rides for local communities. British Cycling is working in partnership with the National Trust to bring a series of these free guided bike rides to its places in 2014 – including Gibside, Tyne and Wear, Wallington, near Cambo and along Hadrian’s Wall at Haltwhistle.

Nick Chamberlin, National Operations Manager at British Cycling, said:
“We’re looking for confident recreational cyclists to train as Ride Leaders. There’s no need to be an expert or competitive racer, just be confident cycling in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness. We welcome all kinds of cyclists, as long as you have heaps of enthusiasm and you’re happy to support beginner bike riders and families.”

The free, assessed one-day course qualifies Ride Leaders to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.

What: British Cycling Ride Leadership Award course

When: Saturday 30 November

Where: Hexham, Wentworth Leisure Centre

Cost: FREE

After completing the leadership award, Ride Leaders will receive free kit and British Cycling Ride membership.

Jo Foster, Outdoors Programme Manager for the National Trust, said:

“We’re passionate about bringing opportunities for people to explore and enjoy our places through a variety of ways. We see so many people already arriving at our places by bike and with the anticipation of next year’s Tour de France Grand Depart creating a buzz around cycling, we want to encourage more people to get involved and join in at different levels.”

For more information about becoming a British Cycling Ride Leader please visit or email [email protected]