Sheffield Friday Night Ride isn’t a club you need to join, and it doesn’t cost a penny to take part. Enticing even the most amateur of cyclists with mottos like "no-one gets left behind, and no-one gets too far ahead" and "we have nothing to lose but our chains", SFNR is a chance to throw off the shackles of the week and ride round the city with like-minded spirits.
Each ride follows a theme, which – in the past – have ranged from 60s Sheffield to social housing to breweries. They've even done rides that end with yoga sessions. They're all meticulously researched and planned and, whatever the theme, you'll likely be led to corners of the city you’ve never been to before. Whichever route the ride takes, at some point there’ll be an incredible view, and, being Sheffield, a really big hill to free-wheel down. The rides tend to make a few stops for the leader to share historical or cultural facts about the city. And they always wind up at a good pub, where you’ll be able to wash down a beverage or two with your new cycling buddies.
The next Friday Night Ride takes place on 3 August and follows the theme of Sheffield Paintings.
The route will take in three of the views painted by Stanley Royle in his Sheffield Quartet in 1922 (the site of what's now Park Hill, Crookes, and Mayfield Valley) as well as locations featured in pieces on display in Weston Park Museum's Picturing Sheffield gallery, plus one or two that have more recently appeared in landscapes by Jonathan Wilkinson and Dave Akehurst – before finishing at the Gardener's Rest. It's a nearly 15-mile route – see the map.
Meet in front of the Arts Tower for a prompt 6:30pm start. Bring a spare inner tube, lights and a lock.
This ride is number 98 – ride number 99 is to follow on 24 August and FNR organisers have big plans to mark their 100th ride over ten years as part of Heritage Open Days on 7 September.
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- Gemma Thorpe