11 July 2016
Yorkshire-born Olympic bronze medallist Katy Marchant will be in attendance at this Sunday’s HSBC UK City Ride Sheffield, British Cycling has confirmed.
Marchant, who won bronze in the individual sprint in Rio last summer, will join men’s team sprint champion Callum Skinner for this weekend’s event. Both riders will take part in a variety of activities on the day alongside the thousands of riders expected to descend on the streets of Sheffield.
The HSBC UK City Ride programme, which got underway in June, will visit 14 cities across the country in 2017 and is the first major step in British Cycling and HSBC UK’s ambition to get two million people cycling by 2020.
Speaking ahead of the weekend’s event, Marchant, who trained extensively at the city’s English Institute of Sport during the early part of her career, said: “I’m delighted to be attending HSBC UK City Ride Sheffield this weekend. Having spent a lot of time in the city, I know just what a great sporting area it is, and I can’t wait to see thousands of people enjoying the opportunity to cycle around the traffic-free streets of Sheffield.
“Yorkshire has truly embraced cycling over the last few years and I’m sure this weekend will be no exception.”
Giles Morgan, HSBC’s global head of sponsorship, added: “To have two Olympic medallists attending this weekend’s HSBC UK City Ride Sheffield is great news, and I’m sure will add to the buzz around what is set to be another fantastic event.”
The Sheffield HSBC UK City Ride will see participants begin at Endcliffe Park, before making their way into the heart of the city centre, passing the Town Hall and riding through the Winter Garden, before heading towards Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground.
The 8km route will also feature a shorter, accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes, giving entrants with reduced mobility, families with young children or those building their confidence on a bike the chance to complete a shorter route.
As well as exploring the route, the event will give young riders the opportunity to test their bike handling and pick up new skills on the HSBC UK Go-Ride course.
Run by British Cycling coaches, the area will feature obstacles and challenges for all levels of rider to tackle. There will be bikes and helmets available to borrow and you will be able to find out about all of the local cycling clubs and activities for children in the area. Younger participants will also be able to dress their bikes in the Kids’ Zone, which will house face-painting, a bib personalisation station and a caricature artist.
Entrants will be able to benefit from the presence of fully-qualified technicians who will be able to advise on any mechanical issues, while other activities such as a virtual reality cycling experience, street velodrome and the Sir Chris Hoy Speed challenge – where participants can challenge Sir Chris’ Olympic gold-medal winning sprint time – will ensure a fantastic day for entrants of all ages.
A limited number of free hire bikes will be available from Tudor Square or Endcliffe Park on a first come, first served basis on the day, with details available at the below website. The events are completely free and participants can either register their participation at www.letsride.co.uk or enter on the day.