Thirteen thousand people took to the streets of Glasgow yesterday for the second annual Glasgow Sky Ride, amongst them were Sir Chris Hoy and TV presenter, and home town girl and queen of the GMTV sofa, Lorraine Kelly.
Riders of all ages and abilities tackled an 8KM traffic free route through the centre of the city along the way they were treated to free Gatorade and could have their bikes checked over by staff from Evans Cycles, there was also an entertainment village on Glasgow green with a display of flatland BMX riding and various celebs talking about cycling. There was also plenty of entertainment along the route including British Cycling Go Ride competitions for youngsters, bicycle bingo, and a Wacky Riders fancy dress parade – some wacky bikes too, including a sofa bike, you'll never guess who they got to sit on that… Oh, you did.
All that and a chance to buy Team Sky kit in a special adidas shop.
Commenting on the day Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy said: “It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying a day out cycling together in Glasgow and I’m sure having the unique opportunity to enjoy the traffic-free streets was a great experience for everybody. I hope today will have reminded people how much fun can be had from cycling and encouraged people to get back on their bikes.”
For anyone that missed out yesterday Sky and British Cycling will be running a series of 30 smaller rides in and around Glasgow which will be running every Sunday over the coming weeks through to October the rides will include historical and art tours as well as trips in to the country side and around famous local landmarks. There will be rides to cater to all abilities of cyclist and they will be led by trained ride leaders. To find out more visit www.goskyride.com.
Yesterday's event in Glasgow and the whole programme of Sky Rides across the UK is part of Sky and British Cycling's combined effort to get 1million more people cycling regularly by the end of 2013.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.