First Sky Ride Leeds is a sunny success
Published 7 July 2013
On a day of glorious Yorkshire sunshine, more than 8,500 people turned out to take part in the first ever Sky Ride Leeds.
Pop star and Sky Ride ambassador Kimberley Walsh was joined by Team Sky’s Ben Swift and GB cyclist Matt Crampton in getting the ride underway from Victoria Gardens on The Headrow (above). Cyclists of all ages joined a 5km loop which took in the University of Leeds and Woodhouse Moor, where they were cheered through a special Tour de France zone by a crowd ringing cowbells, and by messages chalked on the roads in true Alpine style.
There was plenty of entertainment on hand, from street acts and music, to a big screen showing the Tour de France, and a Team Sky zone where fans got up close and personal with some of the pro team’s kit. Lots of youngsters got a taste of cycle racing with Go-Ride, and the Watt Bike challenge by the Town Hall also drew the crowds. The team from Jaffa were on hand to refresh riders with delicious free fruit and goodies, while Halford cycle experts carried out dozens of bike checks and minor repairs.
With a year to go before the Tour de France stages its Grand Depart in Yorkshire, there are plenty of other ways to get out on your bike locally. Sky Ride Local rides are guided by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders, and with three levels to suit all kinds of rider, they’re a brilliant way to see more of your local area on two wheels. Along with Social Cycling Groups set up by and for all kinds of riders, and Breeze rides specially for women, there are lots of free opportunities to keep on riding. Find out more about rides in Leeds.