Edinburgh’s first Sky Ride is a brilliant success

Edinburgh comes to life as Sir Chris Hoy, Edith Bowman and 10,000 cyclists take part in the city’s first Sky Ride.

10,000 cyclists enjoyed a fantastic day at Sky Ride Edinburgh, as the city was transformed into a bike rider’s paradise. Participants cycled around the 10km traffic-free route passing by some of the city’s most iconic landmarks - Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace and Arthur’s Seat. There were plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy; at Holyrood Park crowds were stunned by some amazing BMX and mountain bike demonstrations. Others enjoyed a well-earned break with a coffee from the British Cycling Bike Café and lots of children got creative, decorating their Sky Ride bibs in the Art Attack area. The Bike Station and The Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative were busy all day providing Dr Bike advice and repairs to participants.

‘Sky Ride Edinburgh has been fantastic,’ said Peter Riddell, Recreation Manager at British Cycling. ‘It’s great to see thousands of people out on their bikes cycling the route and taking part in the day's activities.'

Sky Ride Edinburgh 2012

Edinburgh’s first Sky Ride was extra special with 6-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and Sky Ride Ambassador Edith Bowman attending. Hundreds of people watched eagerly as Edith hosted a special Q&A session with Chris – look out for a video on our Facebook page.

Scottish Cycling provided even more fun for kids with Go-Ride Racing, giving over 100 youngsters their first taste of competitive cycling.

If you're itching to get back on your bike after Sky Ride Edinburgh? – Sky Ride Local is running free, local led-rides every Sunday until the end of October.

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