Saddle up for a cycling special in Leeds

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Final preparations are under way for what promises to be one of the highlights of 2015’s Leeds sporting calendar.

Thousands of cyclists of all abilities are expected to take part in Sunday’s third annual Sky Ride Leeds, a family-friendly mass participation event that will follow a traffic-free 6.5km route around the city centre.

The course starts out from The Headrow and includes familiar locations such as the First Direct Arena and the University of Leeds.

Motorists are being warned to expect disruption, with roads such as Albion Street, Merrion Street, Elmwood Close, Clarendon Road and Great George Street all closing either fully or in part.

But civic chiefs are confident the event will still prove a hit with the people of the city.

Leeds City Council leader Coun Judith Blake said: “The stage is set for a fantastic day at what will be the third Sky Ride here in Leeds.

“Each year sees a wonderful turnout that really brings a party atmosphere to the streets of the city.

“We are very lucky in Leeds to have some great cycle routes and we would love to see more people inspired to use a bike regularly.

“Cycling is huge in the city, as shown by the support for the Grand Départ and this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

“I have no doubt that Sky Ride will be another fantastic day for cycling in Leeds and it really promises to be a great day out for all the family.”

Sunday’s event – the result of a partnership between the council, British Cycling, Sky and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority – will run from 10am to 3pm and cyclists can choose what time they set off.

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