Ellie's call to get people cycling
Carlisle-born cyclist Ellie Dickinson has urged people to take advantage of a new initiative designed to get people into the sport.
British Cycling and HSBC UK have recently launched HSBC UK Guided Rides, rides which are led by trained British Cycling ride leaders.
These are split into into three levels – easy-going, steady and challenging - with each level designed to appeal to riders of differing levels of ability, confidence or experience.
The two organisations have a goal to get two million people on a bike by 2020.
Ellie, who was recently crowned European under-23 Madison champion, believes that the rides are the perfect way for newcomers to cycling to develop their confidence.
She said: "The growth in the popularity of cycling over recent years has been great to see, but we know that there are still many people who maybe don’t have the confidence to get out on the bike by themselves.
"HSBC UK Guided Rides are a great way to build your self-belief and skills on a bike in a supportive, welcoming environment.
"I’m sure the people of Cumbria will really embrace the opportunity."
There is a 12-mile ride on Sunday at Ennerdale.
There will be a six-mile ride on Saturday, August 19 at Windermere and a 17-mile ride in Carlisle on Sunday, August 20.