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Sky Ride returns to Hull

Cycling fever is set to hit Hull today as around 6,000 people descend on the city for Sky Ride Hull.

The event, which draws both cyclists and spectators, is a chance to ride on traffic-free streets.

The route, which starts from Queen Victoria Square, takes in some of Hull's best-known landmarks, including the Deep, Ferens Art Gallery and the Scale Lane bridge.

We're expecting thousands of people to be part of the event this weekend - it's an ideal opportunity for cycling fans to see the city in a new way, or for complete novices to get introduced to two wheels. There is a range of bikes for hire including adaptive cycles, meaning everyone can come and take part. The atmosphere will be friendly and energetic, with plenty of opportunities to get off your bike and enjoy a range of free activities, from displays and entertainment to fun challenges - and it's all free.

– Cllr Helena Spencer


Cyclists prepare for Rio Olympics

Three years ago, the London 2012 Olympics were drawing to a close - with Team GB cyclists one of our biggest medal-winning successes at the Games - thanks, in no small part, to riders from our region. Now they're back in the saddle, training for the games in Rio next year. Calendar has been given access to the velodrome in Manchester used by our cycling hopefuls, to get an insight into their rigorous training regime. Matt Price reports.


Kennaugh defends British Cycling Championship crown

Peter Kennaugh of Team Sky successfully defended his British Championship title in Lincoln.

Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh Credit: Press Association

The Manx rider was pushed close by his countryman, Mark Cavendish but pulled away on the final climb to hold on to the title.

Elsewhere, Burley in Wharfedale's Scott Thwaites came home in 5th, followed by Sheffield's Adam Blythe in 6th.

Lizzie Armitstead wins British Cycling Championship

Credit: Press Association

Otley's Lizzie Armitstead has won the Women's British Cycling Championship for a third time.

The 26-year-old was involved in a horror crash during the Tour of Britain earlier this month, but recovered in time to compete today in Lincoln.

Speaking to British Eurosport, she praised the crowds for their support saying she would head to Donegal, Ireland to celebrate with her boyfriend.

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