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Improve and Explore

The possibilities are endless when exploring on a bike.

On the road (or path, or trail) to discovery

Once you've got started, and even whilst you're building up your distance slowly, you can discover some amazing places to cycle in Derbyshire.

Cycling on the road isn't for everyone. There are some great traffic free trails, parks and bridleways to explore as well. If you're enjoying the scenery, you're more likely to do it again.

Cycling in a group can build confidence.

Explore with a group

A great way to explore is with a club or cycling group. They'll show you nice routes and are often very sociable and welcoming.

Always be clear about the ability level of the group, how far they're going, and whether it's likely to be the right pace for you- so you don't get put off by a bad experience.

If the main club rides aren't suitable, there will usually be other riders who are looking for the same as you- so ask around, and post your own ideas up on their forums or facebook groups.

There are a host of cycling clubs spread across Derbyshire, and you can track down the nearest ones to you in our Club and Activity Search.

Rides with a leader

There are lots of 'led rides' around Derbyshire, to help you build your confidence, meet other people of similar abilities, and enjoy new routes.

Other providers of led rides are below. You may also like to visit the 2015 Peak District and Derbyshire 'Summer of Cycling' website for led rides, events and festival information.

Please let us know if there are more that we haven't listed here.

Breeze: women-only cycling

The Breeze network is British Cycling's national network of bike rides for women, led by volunteer Breeze Champions - supportive women who lead local rides.

Breeze currently operates in Chesterfield, Darley Dale and South Derbyshire areas. We are always looking for more Breeze leaders in Derbyshire. Contact us if you are interested and find out more about Breeze.

Cycle Derby

Cycle Derby is a great project, helping more people of all ages, to learn to ride, and become competent cyclists.

For more information, visit the Cycle Derby website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Sky Ride

Sky Ride features a range of different ways to get out on two wheels, including Big Bike events, guided rides and social rides, organised by their network.

You can also like them on Facebook or follow them Twitter.

County Rider

Derbyshire County Council are offering free one-to-one cycle training to people aged 18 or over who live, work or study in Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield and Erewash.

The programme can be tailored to suit your needs. Your instructor will design the programme to suit you whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced cyclist who wants to become an even better rider.

You can find out more by clicking here.

Get out on the mountain bike

The off-road terrain in Derbyshire is spectacular and well suited to mountain bikers. Indeed, Annie Last, from Great Longstone, used the county's 'ups and downs' to help her claim eighth place at her home Olympics of London 2012.

Informative websites to find out more about where you can ride include Peak District MTB, which you can also follow on Twitter via #peakdistrictmtb. Keeper of the Peak is a good source of info too #KoftheP. MonkeySpoon is a North Derbyshire/Peak District website. Ride Sheffield and the National Trust cycling pages are great, and others worth following on Twitter are @PeakDistrictNT and @NTSport and on the facebook page.

Map where you're going.

Maps and routes

There are lots of tools and maps to help you plan your journeys, including Cycle Derbyshire Map, Cycle Derby App, Cycle Derby Map, Strava and Visit Peak District and Derbyshire - Cycling

And you can take advantage of a whole network of Derbyshire cycle routes, which are detailed by through the link by each district.

Cycle-friendly places

There are lots of hotels, bed and breakfasts, cafes and other places which are cyclist friendly.

There is also a fund for places that would like to become more cyclist friendly, in the Peak District. Click here for more information.

There are lots of good bike shops across Derbyshire.

Derbyshire cycle shops

Yo can find the contact details for a whole host of Derbyshire cycle shops by clicking through on this link.

They will be able to provide expertise as well as products, not just in terms of bikes, but clothing and accessories too.