Get cycling with Cyclesolihull

self-guided route leaflets for local rides

regular free leisurely rides

cycling information and advice


Getting Started

Where to Cycle

Cycle training

Riding with children

Types of Ride

Ride Programme

Route Leaflets

Starting Points

Ride FAQs


Contacting Cyclesolihull

Sunday Cycle Rides

Evening Explorer Rides

Saturday Stretcher

Taster Rides

Special Rides




Taster Rides

Taster Rides are the perfect introduction to Cyclesolihull rides. They are about 5 miles long but otherwise similar to the other Cyclesolihull Sunday Cycle Rides. So if you are new to cycling and want to give the rides a try without having to cycle very far, these rides might be just the thing for you. They are also a good introduction for small children who may not have cycled very far before. In planning Taster Rides the needs of parents accompanying younger riders are especially considered.

Taster Rides take place on quiet country lanes so they are suitable for relatively new cyclists.

Someone at the front ('the leader') will lead the way and a 'backmarker' will be appointed so no one gets left behind. Every so often the ride will stop to regroup so the overall pace is of the slowest rider. Additional support at junctions may also be provided if children are on the ride.

Taster Rides take place on selected Sundays, starting at 2 pm (1.30 pm in winter) from one of three different locations (more information on start points). All rides return to the start point and finish by about 3.30 pm (3 pm in winter). Although many people cycle to the start point, convenient free parking is available at all start points.

Taster Rides and experienced cyclists

Please come along even if you think 5 miles is too short! It is helpful to have some experienced cyclists to keep an eye on the young riders, act as unofficial marshalls at junctions...and generally offer a helping hand. You can always have a longer ride getting to and from the start point!



Cyclesolihull Weather Station

What will the weather be like?

Weather forecast

See the local BBC forecast

See where the rain is now with the Met Office rradar

Cyclesolihull rides go ahead unless there is persistant heavy rain (not just showers), very strong winds, snow or ice. Rides are rarely cancelled (5 in 2010 due to snow and ice) but if we feel this is necessary because forecast bad weather we will try and put information about this on the website before the start of the ride.


Taster Rides

Monthly short Sunday rides of about 5 miles. See our Ride Programme or home page for details of upcoming rides.

Try Cyclesolihull's other rides:

Sunday Cycle Rides take place every Sunday at starting at 2 pm (April to September) or 1.30 pm (October to March). They are between 5 and 20 miles long, depending on which of the 50 or so Cyclesolihull routes is being cycled.

Evening Explorer rides are weekly on selected weekdays from early May to mid-August. They start at 7 pm from various locations and are about 10 miles long, following the shorter 'S' routes. The ride will finishes before 9 pm.

Saturday Stretcher rides are the longest Cyclesolihull rides at about 30 miles. They are at a faster pace than the Sunday and evening rides and there is no fixed route. They are aimed at more experienced cyclists. 

All rides have a refreshment stop of 20 to 30 minutes at a cafe or family freindly pub with outside seating.