Cycling in Wirral

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This page signposts you to cycling opportunities in and around Wirral.

It is work in progress - so if you spot any mistakes or omissions, then drop us an email - ttwk.food@gmail.com


Bicycle Belles


The group started in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength. They lead monthly short friendly cycle rides, just for women, using the quieter parts of the Wirral and a little further afield.

Newcomers are welcome.

Read more on the CTC webpage - www.ctcchesterandnwales.org.uk/BicycleBelles.html

Visit their BlogSpot to read about rides and see photos www.wirralbicyclebelles.blogspot.com


Bikeathon


Wirral Bikeathon is an annual bike ride, usually in June. It's a huge cycling event (with 1,000+ cyclists!) for all the family, giving everyone the opportunity to have a fun day out enjoying some healthy exercise whilst raising money through sponsorship to support the vital work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

For more details see their website www.wirralbikeathon.com
Or contact Tel: 0151 327 3129 Email: info@wirralbikeathon.com


Bikeright!


Bikeright! www.bikeright.co.uk is the UK's largest cycle training organisation. Their services include cycle training, Bikeability, bicycle maintenance courses, cycle instructor training courses, cycle training for the emergency services, mountain biking skills, cycle to work, commuter cycling, consultancy, cycling events management, and cycling for health.

TravelWise Merseyside and Liverpool PCTs Decade of Health and Wellbeing have linked up with BikeRight! to offer free cycle training and bicycle maintenance sessions to anyone over 16 who lives, works or studies in Merseyside. Course details and booking instructions can be found on their website:

  • on the cycle training page www.bikeright.co.uk/freewheeling, or go direct to the
Merseyside cycle training page

  • on the bicycle maintenance page www.bikeright.co.uk/freebikefix, or go direct to the Merseyside maintenance courses page


Birkenhead North End CC


For more details about Birkenhead North End Cycling Club (BNECC) and it's activities, visit their very informative website www.bnecc.co.uk

BNECC is a large and extremely active cycling club. The club has a long and distinguished history of champion riders, including Olympic riders Rachel Heal and 2004 silver medallist Steve Cummings. Activities include frequent runs, training, trials, races and social events.
Download their normal club activities here.

Youth Section activities include road safety & skills training, off road rides, coaching sessions, led cycle rides, bike loan, grass track races and visits to Manchester Velodrome.

The club is a British Cycling-registered Go-Ride club, with qualified coaches to help develop young riders (see the section below, Go-Ride). Last year young riders from the club competed regionally and nationally in road racing, hill climbs, cyclo-cross and MTB.


Breeze Bike Rides


Breeze rides are fun, social, local bike rides for women that go at a speed that suits everyone. They are a really great introduction to cycling, and often start or finish at a cafe so everyone can have a drink and a chat.

There are lots of Breeze rides locally - several every month, usually on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings.

The rides are popular and places are limited and have to be booked ahead - you can find and book rides online by visiting their website www.breezebikerides.com or by telephoning Breeze local champion, Fiona Hanik on 0151 637 6434.

Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. Their aim is to help thousands of women feel confident and comfortable about going on a ride. They train up Breeze champions to lead the rides, and are currently looking at making bikes more accessible to women, through hire schemes, female-friendly bike shops, and some women-only mass participation events as well.


CTC


For further information visit the CTCs website www.ctc.org.uk

The national cycling charity, CTC is the UKs largest and oldest cycling body with more than 70,000 members and affiliates. CTC was formed in 1878 and works for all cyclists, protecting their right to use the roads, working for improved offroad access and for better public transport links.

Members enjoy free third-party insurance cover, legal and technical advice, route and travel information and access to more than 200 local groups and to national and regional CTC events.


CTC Two Mills


More details about the group and their rides at www.ctcchesterandnwales.org.uk/twomillsgroup.html Part of Chester & N Wales CTC, they organise:

  • full day cycle rides every Sunday, usually leaving from the famous Eureka Cyclists café on the A540 (Wirral) at 10am.
They are a friendly, mixed group. Rides are led by experienced volunteers who try to keep a reasonable pace and stay together as a group

  • Tuesday Evening Cyclists
Every week from early May to September leaving from the old station in Hadlow Road, Willaston at 7.15pm. These are very popular rides whatever your level of cycling.


Chester & N Wales CTC


Whatever your choice of cycling, whether it be fitness, competition, transport or just plain fun, you'll be sure to find a kindred spirit in Chester and North Wales CTC.

Visit their webiste www.ctcchesterandnwales.org.uk for information on events, routes, news . . . and to find out details / contacts for the various informal riding groups which operate in the area via the CTC:
  • Ynys Môn - Anglesey
  • Chester T and MBC
  • Eryri Cycling Group
  • Ladies Rides
  • Mold Informals
  • Watson's Wanderers
  • Wednesday Riders
  • Wrexham Reivers


CTC Cymru


Cycling in North Wales (and everywhere else), CTC Cymru has a really useful and informative website www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

Pages include:

  • Cycle rides & routes - details of illustrated on road rides, off road rides and cycleways plus information about group runs and activities

  • Cycling news - up-to-date local and national stories - see info about the new route between Shotton and Ness
www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/pages/superb.htm

  • Links - huge variety of links about regional, national and international groups, holidays, campaigns, equipment and more.


Go-Ride

Go-Ride Grass Track Summer Series 2013
Go-Ride offers opportunities for aspiring young cyclists, organised by Birkenhead North End Cycling Club.

  • Go-Ride Fun Coaching and Skills Sessions
From April through to end October 2013, for young riders aged 5-12 years, most Saturday mornings at Bebington Oval Leisure Centre poster here

  • Go-Ride Grass Track Summer Series 2013
This offers an entry-level opportunity for aspiring young racers to have a go. Entry classes from U8 up to U16. Download the poster here (pdf)

  • Go-Ride Circuit Races
Sunday 9th June, Birkenhead Park

For more details contact the organiser:
Geoff Brandt
Tel:07770 577784
Email:geoff.brandt@ntlworld.com
or visit www.bnecc.co.uk or www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride


Health on Wheels


Beginners cycling opportunity at Birkenhead Park on Mondays from 10am - 12noon
Bikes are owned by Cycling Projects and stored in the park.
Contact the Visitor Centre on birkenheadpark@wirral.gov.uk or 0151 652 5197 for more information.


Maps

Travelwise cycle map
  • Wirral Circular Trail

A network of signposted routes around Wirral for walking and cycling. Wirral Council has put together a map of the route, presented in a booklet, one section at a time, which includes information about things to do and see along the way.
Get them from Wirral libraries and one-stop shops, at Wirral Country Park Visitor Centre in Thurstaston, and online www.visitwirral.com/attractions-and-activities/cycling-guides

  • TravelWise Cycle Maps

Knowsley Cycle Map
Liverpool Cycle Map
Sefton Cycle Map
St Helens Cycle Map
Wirral Cycle Map
Liverpool Loop Line Cycle Map
Everton Park and the Mersey

Can be downloaded or ordered from the TravelWise website www.letstravelwise.org/content227_Cycling.html


Mersey Tri Club


The Triathlon Club of Merseyside www.merseytri.org.uk is a friendly club who takes its membership from all over Merseyside.

They have members who have competed in Ironman distances and members who just enjoy the "healthy and friendly" triathlon lifestyle. They also organise junior events (aged 8-16) - mini Tri, and novice events for young people wanting to give triathlon a go. Everyone is made welcome.


Pedal Pushers


A social cycling group, meeting at 10.30 am on Friday mornings at Birkenhead Park Pavilion.
Bikes available if needed. To book your place contact Age UK Wirral on 0151 482 3456 or Kevin on 0795 071 0182
download flyer.

A 'Health on Wheels' cycling project, offered through Age UK Wirral at the Meadowcroft Community Wellbeing Hub.


real rides

real rides
real rides www.realrides.co.uk is a local company offering principally off-road and mountain biking skill courses and rides, at weekends or in school holidays, usually in Delamere or North Wales.

The instructor is accredited to teach the Mountain Biking Proficiency Award (GoMTB). Private sessions for individuals, groups or families can be tailored to your needs.

Contact Jon for all booking and enquiries
- tel: 07876 156 136.


Resources


A to B Magazine has a helpful website www.atob.org.uk with pages which review and summarize different aspects of cycling, including train travel with bikes both home and abroad, electric bikes and bicycle trailers etc.


Sustrans


Sustrans www.sustrans.org.uk is a charity that promotes sutainable travel - cycling, but also walking, and public transport.

They work with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations to provide the information, advice, training, events, and infrastructure (eg National Cycle Network) people need to undertake their journeys on foot, on two wheels and by public transport.

If you're interested in cycling and want to make a difference, why not volunteer with Sustrans? Their volunteer Rangers help look after a section of the National Cycle Network near home, and so encourage more people to walk and cycle. Email volunteers-uk@sustrans.org.uk with information about your skills and interests, the time you want to give and where you are based, and they'll get back to you.


TravelWise Merseyside


TravelWise aims to help more people cycle, more safely, more often and for different types of trips.

Check out the cycling pages of the website for all the following (and more!):

  • FREE Bike for Work Package
  • FREE Adult Cycle Training
  • FREE Bike Maintenance sessions
  • BIKEABILITY Cycle Training for Children and Young People
  • 10 Key Hints and Tips
  • Wheels for All
  • Bike Rides
  • Cycle Maps and Routes
  • Taking your Bike on the Rail Network
  • Cycling to Work
  • Cycling Works! Online Trip Counter
  • Bike Shops
  • Cycling Groups and Local Projects
  • Community Cycling
  • Cycle Champions

www.letstravelwise.org


West Kirby Bike Hub

West Kirby Community Fire Station Cycling Hub
West Kirby Community Fire Station Cycling Hub has organised this web page. It's an informal group of cycling enthusiasts from many of the organisations on this page, who want to promote and facilictate cycling in West Kirby and throughout the Wirral.

The Hub is coordinated by Transition Town West Kirby with the collaboration of Merseyside Fire Service and Sustrans Bike It. It acts as an information resource, giving information about all aspects of cycling, from choosing and maintaining a bike and cycling confidently, through to opportunities for racing, triathlon and mountain biking, and supplying free maps and security bike marking.

It pops up intermittently in West Kirby - dates will be shown on the home page of this website. Contact ttwk.food@gmail.com


Wirral Cycle Forum


The Wirral Cycle Forum meets on a quarterly basis to advocate and promote safe cycle use across Wirral. It allows cyclists to meet regularly with Council Officers, Councillors and other interested parties to exchange views and ideas on what can be done to promote cycling; these views can help to identify problems and solutions for the cyclist.

If you are interested in joining the Forum, all cyclists of all abilities are welcome to come along. For more details see www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/transport-and-streets/walking-and-cycling/cycling/cycle-forum


Wirral Cycling Group


Wirral Cycling Group was formed in 1990 by a group of cyclists who wished to promote more cycling on the Wirral by organising escorted cycle rides. They provide support and a sociable environment in order to encourage more people to use their bicycles to explore the countryside and improve their level of fitness.

They have group rides starting from various locations throughout the Wirral on Wednesdays and Sundays, usually starting from Arrowe Park or local railway stations.

For more information see their website www.wirralcycling.org.uk