Sky Riders cycle their way through a traffic-free Bradford

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By Ninder Kaur

 

Cyclists took over Bradford city centre on Sunday for the 6th annual Sky Ride event.

This year Bradford saw thousands of cyclists of all ages  ride around the 5k route that started in City Park and also took in Little Germany and the city centre.

Sky Ride participants begin the race

Sky Ride participants begin the race

Joined the thousands of bikers was Jason Queally, who won gold in cycling at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Many of the riders passing through City Park rode through the mirror pool, whilst others kept dry and steered clear.

The event was organised between Team Sky, British Cycling and Bradford Council.

Also joining thousands of cyclists was Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds,  who was also on the route, sharing a tandem bike with council youth worker Naz Ali.

 9-year-old Sky Rider Sam Parker who was joined by his father said: “This is my first time doing the SkyRide in Bradford. It was so much fun.”
Another Sky Rider, 37-year-old Sheyanne Rogers added: “When I heard about the SkyRide it was something I definitely wanted to join in with. Its not often you get to ride your bikes in a traffic-free zone. I cannot wait for next year’s event and I hope more people join in.”

The route also featured a fun fair and the opportunity for cyclists to see and have a go at stunt riding.

 

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