Published On: Sun, Sep 14th, 2014 on 4:50 pm

Sir Chris Hoy back in the saddle for Sky Ride Bradford

Chris Hoy Bradford

Sir Chris Hoy will participate in the annual Sky Ride Bradford event

Olympian Sir Chris Hoy will be joining the people of Bradford for the up-and-coming Sky Ride event later this month.

Thousands of residents and visitors are expected to cycle along a 6km traffic-free route on 28 September, starting from 11am to 3pm.

Participants will start at Bradford’s award-winning City Park, then cycle up Darley Street and past the Yorkshire Penny Bank, before heading down Manningham Lane to Lister Park. Riders will then head back past the famous Valley Parade stadium and City Hall before reaching the finish.

Sir Chris Hoy, one of Britain’s most successful Olympians, said: “I think that what Sky and British Cycling have done together to help transform cycling in the UK over the last few years is fantastic. With over a million more people getting out on their bikes regularly, it’s great to see so many people loving the sport I love too.

“It’s also been an incredible summer for cycling in Yorkshire with the start of the Tour De France taking place in the region.”

Sky Ride, a national campaign held encouraging people to discover cycling, is now in its fifth year.

Tricia Thompson, Sky’s director of cycling, said: “I can’t think of a more fitting person to attend the final Yorkshire Sky Ride Big Bike Event than Sir Chris. It’s hard not to be inspired by his achievements in cycling and it’ll be great to see his passion for the sport inspiring others to get out on their bikes and give cycling a go.”

This year’s event will see a Ride Social Bike Café providing refreshments for riders, and a brand new ‘Tricks & Tunes’ featuring unicycle displays and a airbag jump to take on.

Lister Park will see Bradford Council’s play and adventure activity development unit provide a range of free family activities such as climbing walls, bouncy castles, zorbs and a surf simulator.

To find out more about Sky Ride Bradford, please visit www.goskyride.com.

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