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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

Thousands gear up for Leeds Sky Ride

Thousands of cyclists, young and old, braved the summer showers to enjoy a traffic-free Leeds city centre today when the Sky Ride returned for its third year.

Team Sky rider Xabi Zandio and Great Britain para-cycling star Sophie Thornhill were on hand to help officially start the mass-participation bike ride.

Cyclists get ready for the Leeds' Sky Ride Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Team Sky rider Xabi Zandio and GB para-cycling star Sophie Thornhill joined Mayor Judith Chapman and council leader Judith Blake for the start of the Sky Ride . Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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Sky Riders take to Leeds streets

The third Sky Ride of 2014 takes place in Leeds today and it will have a Tour de France theme.

It begins at 10am and will follow a traffic-free route taking in the University of Leeds, Millennium Square and the Civic Hall.

World and Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell will be taking part.

Olympic cycle champ Jo Rowsell Credit: British Cycling

Olympics star Jo on track for Leeds Sky Ride

Olympic cycle champ Jo Rowsell Credit: British Cycling

One of the superstars of British track cycling is to be guest of honour as Leeds hosts its second Sky Ride next week.

Olympic and double world champion Joanna Rowsell MBE** will be on hand to see thousands of people take to traffic-free streets in the city centre from 10am-3pm on Sunday 15 June for a free family-orientated mass participation bike ride.

The 25-year-old who was one of the stars of London 2012 will watch as riders of all ages and abilities start from the exact same point and follow the same stretch of road on The Headrow which the world’s finest cyclists will use when the Tour de France Grand Départ begins in Leeds in a month’s time.

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Sheffield embraces Tour de France legacy with family cycle event

Promotion for a family cycling event in Sheffield this summer has begun to get as many people out on their bikes as possible.

Cycling event launched in Sheffield

Sky Ride Sheffield will be one of 15 major cycling events taking place across the country this summer to ensure the spirit of the Tour de France lives on.

The event takes place on Sunday August 10.

York's first Sky Ride

It's been announced York will host its first large-scale cycle event.

In September, the city will play host to a Sky Ride.

Residents and visitors will be able to ride the traffic-free route from 10:30am until 4pm on September 14.

“The Sky Ride will be a great opportunity to ride with family and friends on a traffic free route in a very special atmosphere. There will be loads of free things for the whole family to do on the day, so get your bikes ready and come and join us!”

– Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism
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