7,500 celebrate Preston's Guild year Sky Ride event
The crowds and the sun came out for Sky Ride Preston, the first in the city, and part of this year's Guild celebrations.
Riders of all ages enjoyed a traffic-free city centre route which took them through the historic Flag Market area to the beautiful Avenham and Miller Parks. Many took advantage of the lovely weather and rode the route several times. A highlight was the chance to ride beside the River Ribble and on the old tramway under a canopy of trees.
Preston City Council and its many partners provided entertainment all day long. Children enjoyed the chance to try everything from rugby and golf to netball, trampolines, fitness activities and go-ride racing. British Cycling Ride Leaders were on hand at the Bike Cafe to promote Sky Ride Local rides. And there was a wealth of cycling info and opportunities from Cycling Lancashire, the NHS, Cycling Projects and local club Ribble Valley Juniors. Event partners Shout Preston kept the carnival atmosphere going all day, together with fellow sponsor MWR Solicitors and a host of local supporters.
Peter Haymes, British Cycling Recreation Manager, North West said: 'What a great way to celebrate the Guild year here in Preston to see 7,500 people of all ages having fun on bikes. British Cycling and Sky are proud to be part of such a special event. A massive thank you to the council and all the partners, staff and especially the volunteers from across the community.'
There are plenty more bike rides coming up in Preston this summer. Find out more about Sky Ride Locals in and around the city.
Check out the video from the day made by our friends at Lancashire One: