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Mayor 'overwhelmed' as thousands take part in Sky Ride

The Mayor of Leicester has said he is "overwhelmed" by the number of people who took part in the fifth annual Sky Ride in the city.

Thousands of people took to the streets, which were closed off to traffic for the day, to cycle the 3.7 mile route.

Sir Peter Soulsby also said it was "amazing" to have been able to ride through the city's Curve Theatre, which opened its doors to give the Sky Riders a rare opportunity to cycle through the building.

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Sky Riders travel through city's Curve Theatre

Leicester's Curve Theatre opened its doors to cyclists taking part in the city's annual Sky Ride.

Riders were able to see a brief glimpse of some of the productions going on throughout the day as they pedalled through a special indoor route.

The theatre's associate director, Suba Das, told ITV Central why they decided to welcome the cyclists.

Leicester Sky Ride returns for fifth annual event

Streets in and around Leicester city centre have been closed off to traffic today to make way for an annual bike ride.

Sky Ride Leicester returns for its fifth year, taking a tour of some of the city's main cultural, sporting and historic landmarks.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the ride, which sets off from Bede Park at 11am.