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Cycle through King Power Stadium with Sky Ride Leicester

Published on Friday, July 29, 2016

THOUSANDS of people will get the chance to celebrate Leicester City’s amazing league-winning season as part of this year’s Sky Ride.

The Sky Ride – a traffic-free mass cycle ride through the centre of Leicester – takes place on Sunday 28 August and again includes a pitch-side ride at the King Power Stadium, offering great photo opportunities for fans on bicycles.

Visitors to the Sky Ride – which is free to join – will also be able to enjoy a host of bike-themed activities and events as they cycle round the city, including mountain bike and jump box display teams, ‘bling your bike’ sessions and a Style Bicycles showcase with Keelan Phillips, world BMX flatland champion.

The route forms a loop around the city of 6km, and people can join the route at any point, at any time, between 10am and 4pm.

The Sky Ride is the culmination of the city’s Ride Leicester festival, a two-week long celebration of cycling that starts with the Leicester Castle Classic Sportive on 13th August.

The Ride Leicester festival includes bike try-outs, films, talks, discussions and social events, as well as encompassing the Castle Classic elite cycle race (14 Aug).

Leicester’s Castle Classic Kermesse is the final race in British Cycling’s National Grand Prix Series for 2016, with elite UK team riders battling for a podium place on 14th August.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor responsible for energy and sustainability, said: “Sky Ride is a great event that is suitable for all ages and abilities – and one of the nicest things about it is that you see whole families out together on their bikes, enjoying and exploring the city on traffic-free streets.

“It’s a very popular event, with some people taking part year after year, and others getting back on their bikes for the first time on city streets. We’re keen to encourage people who have never tried the Sky Ride before to come along and have a go.

“There’s a great atmosphere in the city, particularly because the City Festival will be going on in the same weekend. Our hope is that by exploring the city, more and more people will discover just how easy it can be to get around on foot or by bike.”

Alan Birchenall, Leicester City Football Club ambassador, said: “We’re always keen to get involved in community events like Sky Ride, and we know it’s a real treat for fans to ride through the stadium. It’s been such a special year for us, with phenomenal support coming from the people of Leicester, so we’re only too pleased to give something back.”

Janet Hudson from British Cycling said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer people the chance to ride through the King Power Stadium, thanks to the wonderful support of Leicester City. When we started to work with them they were in the Championship. Now they lead the Premiership, play in Europe and are a warm, family-friendly club proud of their city and community.”

Sky Ride is free to join – to sign up, go to www.goskyride.com/leicester

People who sign up for the event can get a free bike check from Halfords worth £14.99, plus a free reflective ‘I Love Cycling’ bib.

The 2016 Sky Ride Leicester route will link Bede Park, Leicester City Football Club, Magazine Square, the King Richard III Visitor Centre, St Martins, Town Hall, the Clock Tower, Jubilee Square and Leicester Castle. A full route map will be available soon.

More than10,000 cyclists took part in last year's event.

Sky Ride is a partnership between Leicester City Council, British Cycling and Sky.

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