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City gearing up for traffic-free cycling event

Friday 24 June 2016

Mount those saddles and pedal to your hearts content. There’s just one week to go until Sky Ride Sheffield brings traffic-free cycling for all the family, to Sheffield city centre.

The third and final Sky Ride Sheffield event, organised by British Cycling and Sky, will return on Sunday 3 July with a festival atmosphere and lots to do both on and off a bike – completely free of charge.

Sky Rides are mass participation, cycling events which take over the city centre so that cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route.

For the first time, this year Endcliffe Park will play host to the start and finish of the 8.5km course. Roads will be closed between from 8:30, with the event taking place between 11am and 3pm and people can complete the route, which takes in Ecclesall Road and the city centre, as many times as they like during that time. And there’s no excuse for those without a bike, you can hire them for free from Tudor Square and Endcliffe Park.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sky Ride is always a fantastic event, but this year – coming right at the start of Move More month, being held as part of Allez Allez Sheffield, the council’s commitment to the Tour de France legacy, and with a new home at Endcliffe Park – it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.

“Sheffield is The Outdoor City and is well known for its history of hosting great cycling events, from the annual Grand Prix through to Allez Allez Sheffield, and of course the 2014 Tour de France.

“I, for one, look forward to being part of the fun that is sure to be this year’s Sky Ride, and seeing thousands of people of all ages whizzing through Sheffield’s traffic-free streets.”

Sky Ride will be held during the Allez Allez Sheffield weekend, a festival established last year as part of the legacy of the Tour de France. During the weekend, elite cyclists will take on the Cote de Wincobank climb, racing to the top of Jenkin Hill, a famous climb from the Tour de France route. And, locals will also get the chance to conquer the hill, with lots of fun to be had when they reach the top.

Allez Allez Sheffield kicks off a whole month of cycling events in the city giving people plenty of opportunities to take to their saddles. Plus, The Move More challenge runs throughout July aiming to get 50,000 people registered and active in the city. People can search for Move More Sheffield, download the app and start clocking up points on two wheels.

Since hosting its first Sky Ride event in 2014, 7,000 participants have taken part in the Sheffield event and this year Sky Ride will reach its millionth rider – will that be you?

Not sure? Watch Graham Simmington from Cycle Boost Sheffield talk about why he loves cycling in Sheffield and why everyone should have a go…

Cyclists will be able to hop on or off at any point throughout the route and can complete as many laps as they can fit in, plus they’ll have the rare opportunity to cycle through Sheffield United Football Club’s Bramall Lane stadium and the beautiful Winter Gardens in the city centre.

At the start and finish, held in Endcliffe Park, there will be lots of family-friendly activities where you can style your bike at the ‘Tricks & Tunes’ area, take part in cycling game shows, grab your free Sky Ride bib and get snapped in our photo booth, plus there’s live entertainment and food and drink stalls for those in need of an energy boost.

For more information and to register for free, visit GoSkyRide.com/Sheffield. All riders can claim a free Halfords bike check worth £14.99, either in advance or on the day.