Gearing up for Doncaster Bike Week

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Hot on the heels of Doncaster Cycle Festival, Bike Week will bring seven days of cycling events to town in a bumper programme that is perfect for riders.

Between June 15 and 21, the event will bring together cycling fans across Doncaster for a programme of events that will include rides, special offers and learn to ride sessions for children.

It is part of a national campaign to emphasise the health benefits of cycling, as well as other positive impacts such as a happy social life and being environmentally friendly.

This year’s Bike Week has a special focus, encouraging people to use their bikes to cycle to work.

It will start with a ride of the ‘Byways and Bridleways of Doncaster’, part of the Get Doncaster Cycling Festival, on Saturday, June 13, and is run by Tickhill Velo Cycle Club.

The 10-15 mile course is suitable for all abilities, and will show riders some special routes through the lesser-used bridleways that lead to countryside around Doncaster.

On Monday, Dr. Bike will be in Doncaster town centre, where anyone can pay a visit to have their bike’s problems ‘diagnosed’ and fixed.

Simple solutions to combat wear and tear will be available free of charge, as well as useful suggestions on taking care of your bike. The service, which usually costs £25, will be available at Clock Corner from 10am to 4pm.

Throughout the week, Hayfield Wheelers Cycle Centre on Princegate is offering free bicycle parking in a safe, indoor environment that also gives you access to lockers, showers and changing facilities with just a five minute walk to the Frenchgate Centre.

There will also be ‘learn to ride’ sessions at Thorne and Moorends Marshland and Denaby Main Primary schools, where foundation and key stage one pupils who are not yet able to ride a bike without stabilisers will be given special tuition.

The sessions are designed to have all of the children able to ride safely on two wheels after just one hour.

In addition, Doncaster Wheelers Cycle Club will be delivering youth coaching sessions at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday, June 15, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

The sessions are designed for 6-16 year olds to learn the skills of road cycling and racing.

Councillor Pat Knight, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “Cycling is a really great way to keep fit and healthy while having fun and meeting people, and I am really glad that it is growing in popularity in Doncaster. I am sure that Bike Week will prove just as popular as the Cycling Festival, and I hope that it encourages local people to get out on their bikes.”

For full details of the events in Doncaster Bike Week and more information on local cycling opportunities, visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/cycling