Thousands take to the streets for Sky Ride Leeds

Thousands of people took to the streets of Leeds city centre for the second annual Sky Ride event yesterday. Guests of honour were British Cycling's Olympic and double world champion Joanna Rowsell MBE and Team Sky rider Ian Boswell.

Reflecting on the event organised by Leeds City Council, British Cycling,Sky and West Yorkshire Metro, Leeds City Council executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“It was another fantastic Sky Ride event for Leeds, despite the wet start to the day thousands of people came out to take part and especially families with young children which was great to see.

“Our cyclist guests Joanna Rowsell and Ian Boswell really engaged with the event which was brilliant so thanks to them and everyone who helped stage the day. I completed a couple of laps of the course and all the way round I could hear people talking about the Tour de France coming up in three weeks’ time, so people are getting really excited now and Sky Ride Leeds set the tone perfectly for the amazing events to come.”

British Cycling Recreation Manager for Yorkshire Dan Goodey said:

"The event was brilliant, thousands of people enjoying a fantastic, fun day of traffic-free cycling around Leeds city centre. With only weeks until the Tour de France Grand Départ starts on the same stretch of road as yesterday’s Sky Ride, it certainly feels like cycling fever has hit Yorkshire in a big way."


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Leeds City Council press office,

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