Leeds gears up for return of the Sky Ride

The 2013 Sky Ride Leeds event. Matt Crampton from Sky Track Cycling, Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and and Ben Swift from Team Sky.
The 2013 Sky Ride Leeds event. Matt Crampton from Sky Track Cycling, Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and and Ben Swift from Team Sky.
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The streets will once again become a sea of bicycles as thousands of people descend on the city for Sky Ride Leeds.

Cycling fans of all ages and abilities can take part in the free event on June 14.

Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy is a Sky Ride ambassador and is urging people to get involved.

He said: “We’ve made it easier than ever to get out on your bike and spend quality time with your family and friends.

“You can ride safely on traffic-free streets, with a huge festival atmosphere and loads to do both on and off the bike.”

He added: “They are great fun and a great way to get on your bike.”

British Cycling’s Liam Phillips, the 2013 BMX World Champion, is also lending his support to the event.

He said: “Every year, Sky Ride big bike events seem to be better than before and it is really encouraging to see so many people inspired to join in.

“Everything about these events is geared towards making cycling fun and accessible.”

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “This year’s Sky Ride Leeds will also follow on from the finale of the first Tour de Yorkshire in the city in May, so we look forward to seeing thousands of people of all ages join us for another wonderful day out and Sky Ride.”

Sky Ride Leeds is one of 15 taking place across the country this summer.

British Cycling’s director of recreation and partnerships, Stewart Kellett, said: “We had such a great year in 2014 – the Tour de France, Commonwealth Games and Tour of Britain made cycling even more accessible in Britain – and we are excited to continue that.”

To take part in the Leeds event, visit goskyride.com.

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