Cyclists inspired by Tour de France are invited to join free summer bike rides in Leeds

Caption: The scene at the start line of the Grand Départ in Leeds, which Sky Ride Local organisers hope will inspire the city's cyclists this summer.

Cyclists inspired by the Tour de France are being invited to saddle up for a series of free events around Leeds.

Following the huge success of this month’s Grand Départ, the Sky Ride Local events will give cyclists a chance to emulate their heroes and take in some of the sights and sounds of Leeds.

British Cycling in partnership with Leeds City Council is running the series of free bike rides throughout the summer.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“Everyone in Leeds was proud of the incredible success of The Grand Départ.

“Now we’re hoping that amazing experience will galvanize the city’s cyclists and inspire them to get on their bikes this summer.

“These free events are a great way for people, whatever their level of ability and experience, to get active and be part of what we’re sure will be a lasting cycling legacy for Leeds."

The Sky Ride Local bike rides will take in some of the best routes in Leeds, with British Cycling selecting the rides and training up friendly Ride Leaders to guide and support those taking part.

Three different difficulty levels also mean anyone can take part, from novice riders to more seasoned cyclists looking for a challenge.

And anyone taking part in two or more Sky Ride Local rides in July and you can grab some British Cycling gifts, including water bottles, neck Buffs and the chance to win a VIP cycling experience to the Tour of Britain this September.

The next rides coming up are:

Date: Sunday, July 20

Time: 10am

Start location: Rothwell Leisure Centre


Date: Sunday, July 20

Time: 10am

Start location: John Charles Centre for Sport

For more information about Sky Ride Local and other bike riding opportunities in Leeds this summer or to book a place on a free guided bike ride, visit goskyride.com/Leeds.


Press release issued by:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk


About Sky Ride

Sky Rides are big, celebratory cycling events which take over a town or city centre so lots of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route.

With a real festival atmosphere, they’re a fun, free day out for families and friends to enjoy, with loads to do both on and off a bike.

Sky Ride Locals are free, local bike rides guided by friendly British Cycling trained Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes.

With different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge. For more information, visit goskyride.com.

About British Cycling

British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling as recognised by the UCI – the international federation for the sport.

Based in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport (BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-Cross, Road, Track and Cycle Speedway), from providing the support and encouragement people need to get riding their bikes for the first time, to being home to the hugely successful Great Britain Cycling Team. Continued success at the highest level is inspiring a boom in participation across the nation.

There have never been more opportunities to ride a bike, be it for fun or sport, and British Cycling is at the heart of this growth. For more information, visit britishcycling.org.uk.