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Killerton gears up for cycling

PUBLISHED: 09:09 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:10 29 April 2014

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Women living in the Exeter and East Devon area are invited to Killerton estate, near Exeter, for the launch of a new cycling initiative

In conjunction with the British Cycling ‘Breeze’ campaign, the National Trust hopes to help local women feel more confident and comfortable about going on a bike ride.

The first of the free instructor-led rides starts on Friday 16 May at 10.30am and follows an almost entirely off-road route from Killerton to the 200 year old Clyston Mill in the neighbouring village of Broadclyst. Places on the ride can be booked at goskyride.com/Breeze.

Sandi Holland, Killerton Sports Development Officer, said: ‘The rides from Killerton are a lovely opportunity for women to get fit in the great outdoors but, best of all, they are fun and sociable. No-one is ever left behind and we almost always stop for tea and cake at some point on the ride. Helping people enjoy the outdoors is one of National Trust’s key priorities and Killerton is pleased to be part of this national campaign.’

The first few rides are designed to help women rediscover the joys of cycling and, as they will be almost entirely on traffic free routes, are perfect for those who have not been on their bikes for some time or who are feeling a bit nervous. Other longer rides will be introduced at Killerton over time; or take a quick look at the Breeze website to uncover a Devon-wide range of rides for beginners and cyclists training for charity rides or sportives.

For those who feel that the first ride to Broadclyst may be a little ambitious for them, there may be the opportunity to access a free private lesson before they attend - contact Sandi to find out more on 01392 881345.

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