Carlisle is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.

Sky Ride Local events

We have an exciting new partnership with British Cycling, funded by Groundwork UK , to deliver free bike rides throughout Carlisle during 2014-15.

To view our full ride schedule please visit

Ride Social campaign

Ride Social is Britain’s biggest social cycling community, helping you get together with like-minded cyclists and ride your way. The Ride Social website, powered by British Cycling, lets you  organise your own bike rides using your favourite routes. Share your ride for local cyclists to join and before you know it you have your own cycling group.

To celebrate the launch of Ride Social, British Cycling and Sky are offering you the chance to join a bike ride with a Team Sky cyclist!

Here’s what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic experience:

  • Head to
  • Create a ride on Ride Social that takes place between 14 November 2014 -  8 February 2015
  • Take a selfie of you and your group having fun on your ride
  • Upload this photo to Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #ridesocial

Keep an eye online to see which Team Sky cyclist you’ll be joining. The prize ride will take place in spring 2015.  Log on to for a chance to ride with Team Sky and check out the new look Ride Social.

Cycling Clubs and Venues in Carlisle

The Border City Wheelers has been promoting cycling in Carlisle since 1925. The friendly club is welcoming to new members of all ages and abilities. They have an active membership of over 200 involved in most types of cycling, including road racing, time trialling, grass track racing, sportives, reliability rides and social riding.

The Eden Valley Cumbria Group of the CTC organises rides every Wednesday and Sunday. These are largely on scenic routes and quiet lanes, varying in length and pace. Normal rides are 50 to 70 miles in the summer (plus an annual 100 miler), less in winter. Most rides have designated breaks at cafés, allowing cyclists to ride directly there, to shorten or lengthen their day.

The Watchtree Wheelers Cycle Centre opened in July 2009 and is based at Watchtree Nature Reserve, between Wigton and Carlisle. The centre provides adapted cycles for all abilities, as well as high quality instruction and guidance, including learning to ride, improving riding skills, and selecting the right bike for your needs.

Cycle Carlisle aim to make cycling in Carlisle, safe, convenient and popular. To encourage people to use cycling as part of their normal daily transport and turn Carlisle into a progressive cycle-friendly city.

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