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‘My Journey’ Cycling News: Cycle to Work Day 5 Aug, Canny Commuting, Ditch the Stabilisers, Cycle September Sporterium

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Cycle to Work Day – Thursday 05 August

Cycle to Work Day is an opportunity for all employees to get in the saddle and experience the benefits of riding a bike. From boosting wellbeing to better health and improved finances; cycling offers it all.  And whilst the event might be called Cycle to Work Day, it doesn’t matter whether you’re working from home, in the workplace or somewhere in between – everyone can ride for the chance to win.

Anyone who logs a trip with Love to Ride on Thursday 05 August will go into the draws to win over £2,000 worth of cycling prizes.  Visit the Cyclescheme Love to Ride Community to find out more and get involved.

Ditch the stabilisers

Ditch the Stabilisers sessions are back for summer!

We’re running a series of free lessons throughout the summer holidays to help parents teach their children how to ride a bike.

The sessions will take place across public parks every Thursday and will be guided by experienced coaches, who will give advice on how to get children balancing on their bikes and starting to pedal by themselves.

There is no charge for the lessons, but places are limited and booking is necessary. Please visit our website to search for events and instructions on how to book.

Canny Commuting

Hints and tips for new and experienced cyclists in the Canny Commuting webinar series

You can now view the Series 1 recordings of our Canny Commuting webinar series and learn from seasoned active commuters. The format is informal and contains hints and tips for anyone considering commuting by bike.

Here are the links to the first five episodes, which all focus on cycling:

  1. Check your bike is safe – Learn a few simple checks to be confident that your cycle is safe to ride before you set off. View the recording.
  2. Finding your way – How to plan the safest, easiest and most enjoyable cycle route, using a selection of free online tools. View the recording.
  3. Arrive Smart –  How to walk or cycle to work without needing to shower or change when you arrive. View the recording.
  4. Carrying heavy stuff on a bike – How to walk or cycle with heavy objects that you need for work, such as laptops. View the recording.
  5. Fixing punctures – How to take the pain out of punctures, to get you back on the road as quickly and easily as possible. View the recording.

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Cycle September

Next month is Cycle September – the global bike challenge – when there will be amazing prizes up for grabs!  Just ride anywhere, any time, to take part. It’s not about how fit you are or how far you ride, so even a 10-minute ride around the park would count and get you scoring points.

The points you earn count as entries for you to win, and you can even get your workplace involved! You score more points by encouraging your friends, family and colleagues to ride as well. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up at lovetoride.net.

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Entries are still open for the Southampton Sporterium, taking place on 4 September

Southampton Sporterium is THE cycling event for the city and it’s taking place on Saturday 4 September. The event comprises both a sportive, which is still open for entries, and a criterium, where you can watch national-level riders race around the city centre course in a high octane day of racing!

If you fancy a challenge, why not take on the Sportive 60km or the 100km distance around the Hampshire Hills, covering both Meon Valley and Test Valley in a stunning ride.

The Sporterium is one action packed day that is worth getting on your bike for!

If you’re interested in taking part in either of the sportive distances, you can sign up here.