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Sky Ride: bike attack

Traffic free city centre cycling for family, friends, centurions on 1 August

Published on July 20th 2010.

Sky Ride: bike attack

Manchester’s Sky Ride – the city’s biggest cycling event – is back.

Last year 15,000 people joined stars from the worlds of sport and television, including Victoria Pendleton and Gethin Jones, to enjoy a family-friendly, traffic-free day out, cycling on city centre streets.

Taking in some of the city’s landmarks and sites, it’s the perfect activity for all the family to take part in together and is a great way to explore the city.

And the fun is set to begin again on Sunday 1 August when Sky Ride returns for its second outing.

Taking in some of the city’s landmarks and sites, it’s the perfect activity for all the family to take part in together and is a great way to explore the city.

Last year one enthusiast dusted off his 100-year old bicycle to take part, while children were joined by eager mums and dads for their very first spin outside the park. Groups of friends took in some leisurely exercise together, while fitness fanatics competed against one another to the finish.

Even more people are expected to join the Sky Ride this year taking in the specially designed route that will once again suit all ages and abilities.

In recent times Manchester has become synonymous with cycling thanks to the enormous success of the Great Britain Cycling Team, which trains at the Manchester Velodrome. As a result the numbers of people taking up the sport have risen dramatically in the city with more people either training seriously or enjoying the freedom of two wheels as a leisure activity.

Not only is Manchester one of ten UK cities hosting a Sky Ride event around the country, it is also hosting a number of Sky Ride local events.

Trained cycle leaders from British Cycling will guide small groups of cyclists on routes around Manchester throughout the summer.

The local rides will offer a selection of routes at different levels of difficulty ranging from Ride Easy and Ride Steady for any age or ability, to Ride Well and Ride Strong for adults and teenagers looking for a slightly harder challenge.

It gets better too. If you don’t have bike, click here and hire one. It’s best to book in advance though as there will be a lot of people wanting to pick up their two wheels on the day.

And to round it all off you can become a Wacky Rider. All you have to do to maybe win a prize, is dress up as one of your favourite Sky characters – think the Simpsons maybe or the Pineapple Dance Studios look.

Anything goes, outrageous hats, face paints, bells and tassels, matching outfits for families, decorated bikes and so on. The best dressed rider and their pedals will be asked to join in the fashion show held on the main stage, in front of a crowd of adoring fans.

You can find out more information including how to get involved by visiting www.goskyride.com. So what are you waiting for? Get on your bike and have a wheel of a time.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 20th 2010.

Another set of road closure in the City Centre and notices to residents saying they can't use their cars or they should get them out of the way. I suggest we take it in turns... let Chorlton have on next year (the Great Northern Run? and Disbury the Manchester Parade, and Moston Gay Pride. and they can swtch around.
Alternatively Residents could set up some gated communities (where you take responsibilies for services) and hire their street out if they want to under the Great Society programme I suggest we start with the Withworth Street both west and esat. Afterall it seems the Tories are actually in favour or road pricing. Let the people who put up with the latest weezes from Maketing Manchester get make a profit.

By the way are these articles about 'events' sponsered by 'Marking Manchester'

Temporary HeroJuly 21st 2010.

I also hate living in the City Centre because so much more happen here than when I lived in the peaceful and boring suburbs.

It's awful, last night there were noisy people outside, on a Tuesday night, noisy! I couldn't believe it.

Just because I live in centre of the country's third biggest city (in the most vibrant place I could find) I don't see why I should have to put up with the noise and annoyance caused when things happen.

No on my door step thanks. Anon let's start a petition.

AnonymousJuly 21st 2010.

yes,its annoying. A few more notices wouldnt go amiss - especially on the routes in and out of the city.
(I wonder if there is a twitter service?)

But really - its the city centre. You cant have moved there for the tranquility?

MinxJuly 27th 2010.

Oh here we go again with a classic helping of Nimbyism. It's not as though big events have just started up in the city centre. What's next..... silent parades? "Now, all you Pride participants, let's have no whistles, no cheering and please wear nice soft shoes and tiptoe as you pass...... "

AnonymousJuly 27th 2010.

Who said anything about noise Jimmy Two Shoes.... I was on about road closures which affect all City Centre users not just residents. Noise is under control, more or less and I have just negotiated a something for my bit of the road closures.

One of our past residents a DJ said 'even Djays have to sleep' but the bird disturned him in Didsbury

Daniel WildJuly 28th 2010.

I like events like this in town, but kinda agree with anon - there should be some provision made for residents as far as parking and access is concerned.

NoMoreInsideJobsJuly 28th 2010.

This Sky Ride seems like a good idea.

Anomymous residents cant use their polluting cars ? Boo Hoo.Move to surbiton.
Cars should be banned in the City Centre.
Some people.

Daniel WildJuly 28th 2010.

I think sugguesting city centre residents should be banned from having cars is a little bit unreasonable...

Smyth HarperJuly 28th 2010.

Surely anyone who lives in a big city centre knows before they choose to do so that there will be disruption for big events? Presumably it's a price worth paying? And if not, well there's plenty of places in Manchester to live where big, exciting, popular events aren't held...

Rachel CorrieJuly 29th 2010.

Exactly Smitty , Exactly

Daniel WildJuly 29th 2010.

Even small town have road closures for public events - I was stuck in traffic for an hour recently (thank you very much Altrincham carnival), but I bet there were more people having fun than there were moaning about the inconvenience.

You can please some of the people some of the time...

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