Whether you are complete beginner, getting back into cycling, wanting to cycle with your children or a serious cyclist looking for like-minded people, there will be a free local ride for you to join as Portsmouth City Council once again launches its summer programme of free guided rides in partnership with British Cycling.
Starting on Sunday 12 June a total of 15 Sky Ride Local rides will be held, which will see trained British Cycling ride leaders guide groups across various distances starting with an easy going three mile ride from Mountbatten to Cosham Park.
Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council said: "We want to get more people interested in cycling in 2016 - whether it is watching the professionals in action at the Pearl Izumi Tour Series in Guildhall Square on Thursday 9 June, coming to the Pedal Portsmouth Family Festival of Cycling on Sunday 3 July, or by signing up to take part in our summer programme of free British Cycling rides.
"The guided rides are a perfect opportunity for families and individuals of all abilities to cycle varying distances, you can choose a ride to suit your comfort factor. I'm looking forward to seeing many more residents enjoying the city and beyond by bike."
This year the council are challenging residents to sign up for the final ride which is a 29 mile Portsmouth to Fishbourne Loop on Sunday 25 September.
A bit like a couch to 10k running programme, participants are encouraged to sign up for a number of Sky Ride Local rides throughout the summer gradually increasing the distance before taking on the final challenge, which starts and finishes at Portsmouth Watersports Centre.
In addition to the Sky Ride Local programme, there are a number of other opportunities to enjoy cycling in the city this year.
Portsmouth City Council will once again be running Pedal Portsmouth Family Festival of Cycling on Sunday 3 July. There will be a host of activities to enjoy including a fully accessible 3km traffic free cycle course.
British Cycling's women-only programme of guided rides, Breeze, continue to run throughout the year offering the chance to get fit, have fun and make friends. In addition, British Cycling host Britain’s biggest online cycling community, Ride Social. Register to join rides that are happening locally or set up your own rides. Please note these are not guided rides.
To find out more and register for a Sky Ride Local, Breeze or Ride Social ride visit www.goskyride.com/Portsmouth
For more information about cycling in Portsmouth and the Pedal Portsmouth Family Festival of Cycling visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk or 'like' the Pedal Portsmouth Facebook page.