Get on your bike for Tour

Team Sky's Chris Froome. Pic: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
Team Sky's Chris Froome. Pic: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.
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It is a once-in-a-lifetime event coming to Sheffield – and what better way to mark it than to saddle up and enjoy the ride.

To celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France in South Yorkshire, The Star is launching a campaign to boost health and fitness by urging everyone to get cycling.

Our Let’s Get Cycling project is a chance for everyone – no matter what age – to embrace the spirit of Le Tour.

We want families, schools, communities and businesses to get involved in our landmark initiative – and need cyclists to tell us why people should get on their bikes.

You might be an experienced race cyclist, a student who cycles to school, a businessman or woman who pedals to work – or maybe a family who loves to cycle.

Contact us with your stories and let us encourage others to get in the saddle too.

Through a series of how-to guides, reports, giveaways and competitions – both online and in print – we are determined to help the cycling legacy of Le Tour flourish.

James Mitchinson, The Star editor, said: “The world’s most watched annual sporting event is coming to our region for the first time on Sunday, July 6, so what better time to take up the challenge and get involved.

‘They say once you’ve ridden a bike you never forget, so even if you haven’t ridden for years, there’s no excuse not to take it up again.

“Cycling can be great, whether solo, with friends or as a family. It is a social pastime and you won’t fail to be glad you have decided to join the campaign.”