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More than 3,000 cyclists took to their bikes yesterday to enjoy traffic-free cycling at Sky Ride Middlesbrough.
The free event hosted by Sky and British Cycling, in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, allowed riders to take in the 7km route at their own pace while enjoying some of the town’s most well-known green spaces including Fairy Dell Park, Newham Grange Country Farm and Nature’s World.
There was also a host of entertainment and activities at Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit for young people including a Go-Ride racing course where participants tested their racing skills and received tips and advice from British Cycling coaches.
The presence of some of the best BMX riders in the country, Team Extreme, at the nearby Prissick Skate Park was also hugely popular with an estimated 800 BMX, scooter and skateboard enthusiasts attending.
Overall estaimated attendance on the day was 3,800 and cyclists now have even more opportunities to get on their bikes in and around Middlesbrough thanks to Sky Ride local rides which start this Sunday, July 17.
Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Sky Ride Middlesbrough was once again a huge success.
“It was fantastic to see so many people of all ages enjoying a wonderful day of cycling.
“There were so many activities available and the weather was kind to us apart from a short shower.
“Cycling is now really taking off in Middlesbrough thanks to events like Sky Ride and I think we could become the cycling city of the north!”
Sky Ride Middlesbrough was the fourth event of Sky Ride 2011 - a national campaign to get one million people cycling regularly by 2013, inspiring and helping people of all ages and abilities to get back on their bikes and re-discover the fun they can have on two wheels.
Corin Dimopoulos Sky’s Director of Cycling said: “I’m thrilled Sky Ride has returned to Middlesbrough for the second year running and that once again so many people have been able to enjoy cycling through the town traffic free.
“Through our great partnership with Middlesbrough Council and British Cycling, we hope to build towards our aim of getting one million more Britons cycling regularly by the end of 2013.”
Sky Ride Local Rides are now running every Sunday through the summer in and around Middlesbrough which take in everything from the countryside to local sights.
Bike Maintenance Workshops are also available in Middlesbrough on 22nd and 23rd July – to help everyone keep riding with confidence.
For full details on the workshops, the next Sky Ride Local Ride, nominate your Perfect Hill and find out about all the other ways to back on your bike this summer visit: www.goskyride.com