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Free bike rides kick start the World Series Triathlon

A pioneering organisation is offering free bike rides to tempt people into trying a triathlon discipline ahead of next month’s World Series triathlon.

Zest Health for Life, which operates in deprived areas of Leeds and parts of South Yorkshire to address health inequalities and social isolation, is working with hire scheme Bike & Go to ensure that even those who don’t own a bike can still participate in cycle rides being organised in advance of the Columbia Threadneedle World Series Leeds, which kicks off on June 11.

ZestThe bike rides are taking place as part of Tri Something New, a programme launched by Leeds City Council and British Triathlon and supported by Sport England, to encourage people to try at least one of the three triathlon activities over the next few weeks.

Each ride will set off from Leeds Station, one of Bike & Go’s train station bases, which also includes Wakefield Westgate, Bradford Interchange, Shipley and Halifax.

Dominic Charkin, Community Projects Co-ordinator at Zest Health for Life said: “We see our work with Bike & Go as an opportunity to encourage people who may not have a bike to try out relaxed cycling events.

“We hope that after joining in with our bike rides, people will be encouraged to take up cycling independently and see all the amazing things on their doorstep.”

Simon Olorenshaw, Bike & Go Director, said: “We are delighted that Zest Health for Life have seen the benefit of using our bikes for such an important purpose. Cycling is often seen as an activity for hard-core enthusiasts, but anyone can enjoy the numerous health and wellbeing benefits of riding a bike, whether it’s as a form of transport or to enjoy a leisurely day out. And at just £3.80 for 24 hours plus an annual subscription fee, it’s a cost effective way of getting around.”

For more information on the Tri Something New bike rides contact Natalie Davies 0113 240 6677. To discover your nearest bike hire station go to www.bikeandgo.co.uk

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