Sheffield cyclists ride distance of 30 Tour de Frances

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Sheffield cyclists have ridden the distance of more than 30 Tour de France circuits as part of a bike loan scheme.

More than 800 people signed up to Sheffield CycleBoost this year and completed 108,000 kilometres .

That is equivalent to more than three return trips to Australia or 30 Tour routes.

The project lends people bikes, teaches them how to ride and offers support on fixing their machines as well as commuting confidently.

It is delivered on behalf of the city council.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for sport and leisure, said: “I signed up for the CycleBoost scheme after many years of intending to cycle more, but this scheme gave me the confidence to actually do it.

“The training really helped with my road craft skills and the bike maintenance course reassured me that I can deal with most basic problems that may arise.

“I would certainly recommend anyone to give it a try – you will not only improve your health and save on travelling expenses, but you will also help to improve the local environment.”

CycleBoost will run again next year.

For more information on how to sign up visit http://sheffieldcycleboost.org/.

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