Time to dust off the bicycle and enjoy views

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MANY people have old bicycles rusting away in their sheds.

Now a new scheme in Chichester is aimed at getting people who have not ridden for a long time back on the saddle.

Free cycle training sessions are being held at Chichester College, at Westgate Fields, as well as a series of rides.

The rides are easy, flat routes through beautiful countryside in the Chichester district.

Routes range from five to 12 miles and last from 45 minutes to around two hours.

Meanwhile, bike maintenance courses, organised by Chichester District Council and run by Cycle Matters, will show people how to keep their wheels in good condition.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, in charge of leisure services, said: ‘There has been an increased interest in cycling over the summer following the success of the British cycling team at the Olympics.’

The first sessions will be held on Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3.30pm. Call (01243) 534694 to book or visit chichester.gov.uk/cycling.