THE world's most famous cycling race is being used as the inspiration to get people on their bike in South Cumbria.
British Cycling is organising a series of free guided family bike rides over the summer, including in Ambleside.
Caroline Gilbert, recreation manager for Cumbria at British Cycling, said: “There’s no greater cycling event than the Tour de France to get people excited about cycling and inspire them to start riding.
"Cumbria offers some fantastic scenic routes for both new or experienced riders and with the Tour of Britain just around the corner, there’s no better time to get on your bike.”
The Sky Ride Local rides feature some of the best routes around the area, guided by qualified riders and designed to suit cyclists of varying abilities.
The 10-mile ride from Ambleside around the Grasmere Trail will take place on August 5.
To book a free place go to goskyride.com/Cumbria and find a ride near you.
Other rides being run in Cumbria this summer are:
Workington – Waterways & Woodlands – 12 miler Friday 31st July
Penrith – Eat, Drink & Ride – 14 miler Sunday 2nd August
Brampton – History & Heritage – 18 miler Sunday 2nd August
Carlisle – City Streets & Park Life – 2 miler Friday 7th August