Gear up for the big Leeds cycle ride

IN GEAR: Young cyclists get ready.
IN GEAR: Young cyclists get ready.
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Leeds-born cycling medallist Katy Marchant will attend this Sunday’s HSBC UK City Ride event in her home city.

The 24-year-old cyclist, who won bronze in Individual Sprint at last summer’s Rio Olympics, will be joined by her colleague Sophie Capewell at the event.

The HSBC UK City Ride programme, which aims to visit 14 cities during 2017, is British Cycling and HSBC UK’s first step in trying to influence two million people to cycle by 2020. Having been hugely popular in other cities like Birmingham, thousands of riders are expected to descend on the streets of Leeds.

Katy said: “Having attended quite a few HSBC UK City Rides throughout the summer, I’m absolutely thrilled to be going along to my home city this Sunday.

“Leeds is a fantastic city for sport, and while I’m sure that people will embrace the event, it’s also hugely important that we inspire people to make cycling part of their everyday lives going forward.

“Getting people on bikes is what the partnership between HSBC UK and British Cycling is all about, and would create healthier, happier, greener cities – exactly what I’d like to see for Leeds.”

The free-to-enter ride around the city will start at Millennium Square, moving towards Woodhouse Moor then back to the city centre, passing the University of Leeds.

The 7km route will give all participants the chance to see urban and rural areas of the
 city and will include obstacles and challenges all riders will have to tackle and overcome.

The route also has a shorter, accessible loop, suitable for adapted bikes, perfect for those with reduced mobility and families with younger children who are wanting to build their confidence on a bike.