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Cyclesolihull provides regular free cycle rides open to everyone!

Sunday and Evening rides are at a leisurely pace and our aim is that the rides should be friendly and fun whilst providing an opportunity to explore our local area. Rides do not have to be pre-booked - simply turn up at the start point for a pleasant few hours cycling with some other people.

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What will the weather be like?

See the local BBC forecast

See where the rain is now with the Met Office rradar

Cyclesolihull rides go ahead unless there is persistant heavy rain (not just showers), very strong winds, snow or ice. Rides are rarely cancelled but if we feel this is necessary because forecast bad weather we will try and put information about this on the website before the start of the ride.

last updated on 5 May 2019

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Tuesday 7th May at 7 pm from Cath-de-Barnes (9 miles, Route S3)

Our first Evening Explorer ride of 2019! An easy ride on cycle paths and quiet lanes via Barston. Finish by 9 pm.

 

Saturday 11th April at 9.30 am from Coleshill, Parkfield Rd car park B46 3ND (30 miles, Saturday Stretcher)

Our weekly longer ride at a faster pace with the route decided by the leader. Finish by 1.30 pm.

 

Sunday 12th May Vélo Birmingham in Solihull – no Cyclesolihull ride. See details left of how you can enjoy the event with Cyclesolihull.

No ride today so why not cycle over to the route and cheer on the 17,000 riders, many of whom will be riding to support various charities. You are also welcome to join us at our Cyclesolihull promotional cheering point at the 69 mile point in Bentley Heath between 11 and 3.

Other rides early in May

Thursday 16th May at 7 pm from Dorridge Station (9 miles, Route S1)

Saturday 18th at 9.30 am from Knowle (30 miles, Saturday Stretcher)

Sunday 19th May at 2 pm from Dorridge Station (21 miles, Route L1)

 

Our full ride programme is available to download HERE.

 

Remember all Cyclesolihull rides are free and do not have to be pre-booked - simply turn at the start point with your bike for a pleasant few hours cycling with a few other people. 

 Cyclesolihull welcomes Velo Birmingham & Midlands

On Sunday 12 May we will be hosting a promotional stall and cheering point on the Velo route in Bentley Heath B93 9BW. You will find us between Newbold Close & Slater Road. Do cycle over and say hello between 11 am & 3 pm and cheer some of the 17,000 riders. Information about our rides and local cycling will be available and we could love to see Cyclesolihull riders old and new!

 

Summer Evening Explorer rides start again on Tuesday 7th May.

 

 

Which is the best Cyclesolihull ride for you?

Taster Rides - about 5 miles

'S' Routes - about 10 miles

'M' Routes - about 15 miles

'L' Routes - about 20 miles

These rides are timed at about 8 mph including catch-up stops (Taster riders may be a little slower).

Saturday Stretcher Rides:

about 30 miles

10 mph including catch-up stops

Choose the ride type that suits you and turn up with your bike - it's as simple as that!

See our ride-specific pages for more details about each type of ride.

Cyclesolihull in a nutshell...

Cyclesolihull rides are free and aim to be fun and friendly. Most of the rides use one of 50 fixed routes, mainly along quiet lanes and avoiding busy or difficult roads. Nearly all of the routes have downloadable leaflets so you can check them out before riding. Everybody is welcome on the rides - male or female, young or old - there is no need to book so just turn up at the start point with any roadworthy bike. E-bikes are welcome on our rides.

If you are not sure you can cycle the distance it is best to try one of the summer Taster or 'S' rides first. This is especially important if you are bringing children - we want their first Cyclesolihull ride to be a happy one! Younger riders are welcome on all Sunday rides but it is suggested they try a Taster or S ride first. Saturday Stretcher rides are longer and a bit faster so are not suitable for children. If you want further information about rides email us at info@cyclesolihull.org.uk or speak to Stephen on 07896 885726. To help you keep in touch you can subscribe to our email newsletter and you can follow Cyclesolihull on facebook and twitter (@cyclesolihull). See our contacting Cyclesolihull page.

Cyclesolihull Community Rides are a great way to get cycling more!

  • no need to worry about getting lost.
  • informal help if something goes wrong with your bike.
  • meet new people.
  • nothing to pay or join - just turn up.
  • no need for special bikes or clothes
  • a variety of rides to suit all types of cyclist.
  • children who are used to riding on quiet roads with their parents are welcome on most rides

Cyclesolihull routes cover most of the minor roads in and around Solihull so are an ideal way of exploring the local area. Discover somewhere new close to home!

What's it all about?

Cyclesolihull is a volunteer-led community initiative to encourage more people to cycle in Solihull. Cycling is a fun and healthy way of getting around. We produce a growing range of route leaflets to encourage people to explore their local area by bike and provide regular opportunties for people to ride together along these routes. It is easy to get involved - just ride the route yourself or turn up and join one of the community cycle rides! Last year over 1400 people joined some 70 rides. We also provide general information about cycling in the solihull area to anyone who requests it.

Cycling for Everyone

lf all this sounds great but you can't ride a bike or need more confidence to cycle on the road consider some cycle training. This is available locally - you can find details on our Getting Started and Cycle training pages.