See The Sights Of London By BikePosted on: 09 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Enjoy a family day out and see the sights of London by bike.
It's time to dust off your bikes and get all the family back on the saddle for the Sky Sports London Freewheel on Sunday September 21st 2008.
Sky Sports are working in partnership with the Greater London Authority to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get actively involved with cycling.
Sky Sports want all participants to enjoy a great day out and capture views of some the capital's most spectacular landmarks as you bike along a car-free central route past the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.
The entire route is 12km and there is no start or finish so it's not some gruelling cycle marathon; you cycle as little or as much as you want and there is even a shorter route for younger cyclists ensuring a nice day out for the whole family.
Less confident cyclists can sign up to join one of the local rides and start the journey from their borough to the city's heart. Or you can meet at one of the main hubs at the Emirates Stadium, Clapham Common, Victoria Park and Ravenscourt Park to join a led ride into the central route. Once registered the organisers will contact you nearer the time to let you know more details about the Hubs and the Led Rides.
Once you're on the route, there will be entertainment and along the Mall there will be exciting cycling activities to experience with Sky Sports and British Cycling, who have recently announced an exciting partnership which will provide increased support for cycling in the run-up to London 2012 - and beyond.
There is also a welcome rest stop at St James Park where you can relax, take a breather, pick up some free light bites and enjoy some of the great entertainment.
Download the route map here.
Get Involved With Cycling
If you can't make Sky Sports London Freewheel don't worry as British Cycling has a range of initiatives to encourage everyone to get involved in cycling.
Whether you're a commuter, mountain biker, mega fit sporting rider or just getting into cycling for the first time, visit Everyday Cycling, your one stop shop to find out more about cycling with some great ideas and information to get you inspired.
Everyday cycling is packed full of news, events and routes for everyone to enjoy plus some great interactive features. The Everyday Cycling event calendar carries information on everything from fun charity events to endurance rides, while the 'Where to Ride' resource includes traffic-free family rides, long distance routes and trail centre reviews.
For more information, go to www.everydaycycling.com.
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