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Cyclists are being invited to get on their bikes and enjoy a series of free guided bike rides around the borough from next month.

The HSBC UK Guided Cycle programme begins in early September and a variety of cycle rides will be organised until November.

Routes currently planned will take in parts of Gedling Village, Colwick Park, The Dumbles and Bestwood Country Park.

This programme of guided rides, which are being organised by Nottingham City Council and British Cycling, are perfect for all abilities and are led by fully qualified Ride Leaders ready to show you the way and offer a little friendly support if you need it.

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A spokesperson said: “We group our HSBC UK Guided Rides into three types – Easygoing, Steady and Challenging. So whether you’re just starting out, or trying to improve your fitness, there’s something for you.”

Guided rides in Gedling borough

Midnight ten-miler (10 Miles) September 5, 19, 26

The ride begins at midnight from the Co-Op on Westdale Lane in Mapperley and is 10 miles long. Riders will go up Westdale Lane and across Plains Road and then descend down Gedling Road to a nice fast flat Arno Vale Road and then on to Mansfield Road. Riders will then make the long climb up Woodthorpe Drive and descend down Porchester Road before climbing up and then descending down Carlton Hill. It’s then back on to Main Road in Gedling and then Westdale Lane with a climb back to the Co-Op.

Water, Woodlands and Meadows (4 Miles) Sunday, September 17

Riders should meet at the Racecourse Park & Ride on Daleside Road at 2pm. This easy route takes you for a nice leisurely loop around Colwick Country Park.

The Dumbles (24 miles)  – Sunday, October 1

This ride begins at Woodthorpe Grange Park at 9.30am and explores some of the quieter picturesque villages on the borders of Gedling borough and Newark and Sherwood. Starting at Woodthorpe Grange Park the route travels through Mapperley before heading out towards Lambley and Lowdham and then heading towards Caythorpe. You will then ride on roads alongside the Trent, heading towards Hoveringham before having an opportunity to stop at Manor Farm Tea shop in Bleasby.  The ride then returns back towards Nottingham via Gonalston and Epperstone. You will then finally climb up Bank Hill in Woodborough and return to Woodthorpe Grange Park along Mapperley Plains.

Bestwood Country Park Saunter (7 miles) – Sunday, October 8

Riders should meet at Bestwood Park Community Centre on Beckhampton Road for 2pm. This lovely out and back route allows you to see the delights of Bestwood Country Park. Bestwood Country Park offers 650 acres of open green space and varying wildlife habitats to explore. Along the route you’ll have the opportunity to see waterbirds and wild flowers and also the Bestwood Winding Engine House, which is the last remaining part of Bestwood Colliery

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For more information, or to book a place on one of the rides visit: https://www.letsride.co.uk/guided-rides

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