Champion cyclist Joanna Rowsell MBE revealed as Sky Ride Leeds special guest

Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell. Picture by British Cycling
Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell. Picture by British Cycling
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British track cycling star Joanna Rowsell MBE will be the guest of honour at this year’s Sky Ride Leeds.

The second annual event will see thousands of people take to traffic-free streets in Leeds city centre for a free family-orientated mass bike ride on Sunday June 15 from 10am to 3pm.

Rowsell, who won Olympic gold with teammates Laura Trott and Dani King in the women’s team pursuit at London 2012, is set to watch on as riders of all ages and abilities follow the same stretch of The Headrow that the Tour de France Grand Depart stage one will roll from on Saturday July 5.

The 25-year-old, who is an Olympic and double world champion, said: “This is a huge year for cycling in Yorkshire. With Leeds hosting the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in a few weeks, there’s never been a better time to get on a bike. I encourage everyone to sign up for Sky Ride Leeds and give cycling a go.”

Sky Ride Leeds will take riders on a 6.5km loop around the city centre that passes by Leeds First Direct Arena and Woodhouse Moor or on a shorter route for young families or riders with adapted bikes who are building their confidence on two wheels.

For more on Sky Ride Leeds 2014 see today’s free in-paper supplement or visit to book your free place.

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