Gearing up for return of Leeds Sky Ride

Sky Ride Leeds 2013, kicked off by ambassador Kimberley Walsh.
Sky Ride Leeds 2013, kicked off by ambassador Kimberley Walsh.
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The cycling revolution will continue to sweep Leeds as the city’s Sky Ride returns for its third year.

Bringing thousands of cyclists and spectators into a traffic-free city centre, the family friendly mass-participation event will take place on Sunday June 14 from 10am to 3pm.

The 6.5km circular route will begin at The Headrow - where cycling legends lined up during last summer’s ‘Grandest of Grand Départs’ - and pass iconic city landmarks including the University of Leeds and First Direct Arena.

Previous years have attracted more than 8,500 people of all ages and abilities, with many more lining the streets to cheer along friends, relatives and loved ones.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “Sky Ride has been a massive success in Leeds so we’re delighted to be welcoming it back for its third year.

“Building on the success of the Grand Départ and the soon-to-take-place Tour de Yorkshire finale at Roundhay Park we’re confident this year will be better than ever.”

She added: “Sky Ride is fantastic fun and probably your only chance to enjoy riding the city centre free from traffic. The festival atmosphere last year was great so even if you’re not getting on your bike there are loads of fun activities to get involved with.”

The event is one of 15 to be held nationally and is part of a continuing partnership between Leeds City Council, British Cycling, Sky and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, to encourage more people to get cycling. Registration is now open but places are filling up fast. To register, or for more information, visit the website at www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride.