Sky Ride Manchester is biggest event yet

The sun shone in Manchester on 15th July as the city welcomed 21,000 cyclists of all abilities to enjoy a great day out and a fantastic traffic-free bike ride.

There was loads for the whole family to do, with Go-Ride Racing at Sport City, taster sessions on the velodrome and BMX track at the National Cycling Centre, and BMX stunt demonstrations and a Disney Junior area in Castlefield.

'It's been an amazing day,' said Joel Lavery, British Cycling's National Partnerships Manager. 'This year we've been delighted to stage our flagship event in Manchester, the home of British Cycling. In such a special year for cycling, it's just terrific that it's been a record-breaking event. Huge thanks to Manchester City Council for letting cyclists take over the streets again!'

Sky Ride Manchester 2012

There was much to inspire people to get out on their bikes too, with a chance to see some elite racing bikes up close, and find out more about the stars of the GB cycling team and Team Sky – currently riding high in the Tour de France.

Sky Ride Ambassador Kelly Brook was on hand to meet riders and sign bibs, and Art Attack presenter Lloyd Warbey helped youngsters exercise their creativity.

If Sky Ride Manchester has inspired you to get cycling more often, don't forget there are loads of Sky Ride Local rides taking place in the region every Sunday. Find out more.