Thousands get ticket to ride in Leeds

Cyclists taking part in a previous Sky Ride Leeds.
Cyclists taking part in a previous Sky Ride Leeds.
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Thousands of people will be getting on their bikes this weekend for the third annual Sky Ride Leeds.

Sunday’s family-friendly mass participation event gives cyclists of all abilities the chance to pedal their way around a traffic-free 6.5km route.

Starting out on The Headrow, the course takes in local landmarks such as the First Direct Arena and the University of Leeds.

And organisers are hopeful the event will build on the momentum generated by the Tour de France Grand Départ and the Tour de Yorkshire cycle races.

Speaking after the announcement of this year’s route, Leeds City Council’s Coun Lucinda Yeadon said: “Leeds is a keen cycling city, we continue to invest in cycle-ways across the city and have more people than ever before inspired to get out on their bikes.

“I myself only started riding a few years ago and Sky Ride has been a brilliant experience for me so it would be great to see even more people come out and join me this year.

“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.”

Team Sky rider Xabi Zandio will start the event on The Headrow at 10am.

The route is open until 3pm, which means cyclists can choose what time they set off.

Sunday’s extravaganza is the result of a partnership between the council, British Cycling, Sky and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

For further information on the ride and related entertainment in locations such as Woodhouse Moor, visit the www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride web page.