If you’re keen to get out on two wheels a bit more but don’t know where to start, a series of free guided bike rides could be the answer.

Part of a national campaign to get more people cycling for fun and fitness, Sky Rides are led by friendly, fully-trained British Cycling ride leaders along a host of scenic routes throughout the county.

Now in their third season, the rides are pitched at three different levels and explore themes from Wildlife and Wilderness to City Streets and Parklife.

Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships, said:

“What better way to get some exercise, get outdoors and see your area in a new way than to join some of the themed Sky Ride Local bike rides in and around Nottingham this summer.

“Whether you want to build your cycling confidence or are already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge, now’s the time to register your free place on a Sky Ride Local bike ride in Nottingham.”

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Whatever your age or fitness level, cycling brings massive benefits. We’re delighted to be working with British Cycling to make it even easier for people to get on their bikes this summer as part of a fantastic few months of activities and events in Nottingham.”

Nottingham’s position as a leading cycle city is now firmly established. Last month’s Milk Race saw tens of thousands of spectators enjoy fast-paced city centre racing from some of the world’s best cyclists, and a programme of exciting events and activities continues throughout the summer, including Cycle Live on 20 and 21 June and the Tour of Britain on 11 September.

Works to the new £1.5km closed-road cycle track are nearing completion at Harvey Hadden Sports Village. The circuit will be a focal point for cycling development within the city and across the region, offering a high-quality competition and event programme along with opportunities for everyone to cycle. The facility will officially open this September.

To register for a free guided bike ride and find out more about getting into cycling, visit: goskyride.com/Nottingham