Ilkeston Cycle for Health gets Maggie back in the saddle

Published on: Wednesday, 12th August 2020
Maggie Throup MP on the Ilkeston Cycle for Health ride on Monday 10 August 2020
Maggie Throup MP on the Ilkeston Cycle for Health ride on Monday 10 August 2020

With health and fitness high on the agenda now even more than ever, Maggie Throup MP happily accepted an invitation to join the Monday night Ilkeston Cycle for Health ride and joined in the fun on a local 10 miles circuit on a perfect balmy evening.

After a safety briefing at the Straw’s Bridge meet up point, the happy riders took to the Nutbrook Trail and headed off to Shipley Park along a gentle route with a few ‘little’ hills along the way to get the heart pumping.

This was Maggie’s first bike ride since 2013 when she used to be a Breeze Cycling Leader to encourage more women to get more involved with the sport, but sadly, she had to stop due to family commitments.

“I’ve rediscovered my love of cycling since joining last night’s ride” said Maggie. “We’re so lucky to have such fabulous tracks and trails around Ilkeston. It’s great to be able to enjoy these by bike and get some exercise in the fresh air at the same time.”

The Ilkeston Cycle for Health rides are an Erewash Borough Council initiative run by local cycling enthusiast volunteers.  They are free of charge and aimed at giving novice riders and those returning after a break, the confidence to enjoy cycling.  All rides adhere to the British Cycling COVID-19 safety regulations and because of this, people need to book on to ensure there are enough group leaders.

The free weekly rides start from Straw’s Bridge on Mondays at 6.45pm.  For more information and to book on, go to the Ilkeston Cycle for Health Facebook page.

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