Team Sky rising star Ian Boswell races in for Sky Ride Leeds

Caption: Team Sky's Ian Boswell will be attending Sky Ride Leeds this weekend (credit Team Sky if image used)

One of the rising stars of Team Sky Ian Boswell will be joining Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell in attending Sky Ride Leeds this weekend.

The 23-year-old American, who recently helped Sir Bradley Wiggins win the Tour of California, will be lining up with British Cycling star and double world champion Joanna along with thousands of people on The Headrow taking to traffic-free streets in Leeds city centre from 10am-3pm on Sunday for a free family-orientated mass participation bike ride.

Oregon-born Boswell is in his second season with Team Sky riding alongside British Tour de France winners Sir Bradley and Chris Froome after joining in 2012. He marked himself out as a future champion after finishing second in the under-23 category of the 2012 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race before also impressing at the Tours of Utah and l’Avenir.

In his first year with Team Sky in 2013 he helped them to victories at Paris-Nice and the Tour of Norway before starting this season strongly in his homeland alongside Sir Bradley.

In attending Sky Ride in Leeds on Sunday, he will get to join thousands of others in experiencing the exact same start point and initial stretch of road to be used for the Tour de France Grand Départ next month.

Team Sky rider Ian Boswell said:

“With only weeks until the Tour de France Grand Départ takes place in Leeds, there’s never been a better time to be inspired to get out on your bike. I am looking forward to attending Sky Ride Leeds and it will be great to see everyone on their bikes cycling in exactly the same spot that will see Team Sky line up for stage one. It’s going to be a great day and I can’t wait to see everyone out there on their bikes.”

Sky Ride Leeds 2014 will take riders on a 6.5-kilometre loop around the city centre with a shorter route available for young children and families, riders with adapted bikes and those new to cycling who are building their confidence levels.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“We are really excited to have Ian Boswell from Team Sky coming to join Joanna Rowsell and thousands of people for Sky Ride Leeds.

“The event is shaping up to be another fantastic day so come along and be part of it – you will even be able to say you rode part of the Tour de France route, and on Father’s Day too to make it even more special.”

Among the new elements this year are a special ‘loud zone tunnel’, additional supporting activities at Woodhouse Moor and a sprint zone, enabling riders to race head-to-head and emulate British sprint star Mark Cavendish.

Places at Sky Ride Leeds can be booked by registering at goskyride.com. Anyone who signs up will be entitled to a free expert bike check at Halfords.

Sky Ride Leeds is one of 14 big bike events to be held nationally and is part of a continuing partnership between Leeds City Council, British Cycling, Sky and West Yorkshire Metro which aims to encourage more people to get cycling.

In addition to the mass-participation Sky Ride event, a series of 50 free, fun, guided Sky Ride Local bike rides will take place around Leeds this summer tailored for beginners to experienced cyclists, while there will also be women-only rides on offer through British Cycling’s national Breeze programme.

For more information on Sky Ride and to sign up for Sky Ride Leeds go to www.goskyride.com

For more information on the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ for Leeds, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/granddepartleeds or sign up for email alerts at granddepartleeds@leeds.gov.uk

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Roger Boyde

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Leeds City Council

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British Cycling

Courtney Perks, Marketing and Communications team

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Sky Ride
Sky Rides are big, celebratory events which take over a town or city centre so thousands of cyclists can ride together on a traffic-free route. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how old your bike is, or how fast you ride.

Sky Ride Local
With Sky Ride Local we’ve done all the planning for you. We’ve found the best routes, trained up Ride Leaders to guide and support you, and picked some cracking places to visit along the way.

British Cycling’s Breeze programme is the biggest initiative ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. Our amazing Breeze champions are trained to organise friendly, social bike rides up and down the country and inspire local women to get involved.

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. British Cycling also works hard to represent cyclists’ interests at all levels, including campaigning on important issues including road safety. As a membership organisation, British Cycling provides a suite of benefits and support to its members who currently number over 89,000. All membership revenue is invested back into cycling. British Cycling was named Governing Body of the Year at the 2013 Sports Industry Awards. For more information, visit www.britishcycling.org.uk

West Yorkshire Metro
West Yorkshire Metro is now part of the new West Yorkshire Combined Authority. For more information go to www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/transport/


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