October 1st, 2016

Thousands turn out for Coventry Sky Ride

Updated: 4:35 pm, May 07, 2015

THOUSANDS of people took to the streets to take part in a traffic-free bike ride through the heart of the city.

Sunday’s Sky Ride event was hosted by British Cycling and the council and saw riders complete a 5.5km route which took in some of the city’s famous sites including the Cathedral, Coventry University and the Herbert Art Gallery.

The route opened from 11am to 3pm and will started from The Hub in Broadgate before ending at Coventry University.

Coventry-born cyclist Elieen Sheridan, who was once hailed as the greatest of all women riders, made an appearance.

Elieen’s achievements include her 1954 Lands End to John O’Groats ride, which she completed in two days, 11 hours and seven minutes.

As part of the Skyride event, the Herbert screened two films; the acclaimed new ‘Bicycle’ documentary film, directed by two times BAFTA winning Michael B.Clifford, and ‘Come On Eileen’, a short film about Eileen’s incredible career.

Eileen with her 1954 Coventry built Hercules bicycle, the same bike that she smashed the 1000 mile record on and the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge in 71 hours. (s)

Thousands of people took part in Sunday’s ride. (s)

A Question and answer session is held Broadgate with Eileen and Anthony Collins, Director of her film ‘Come on Eileen’, which was screened on Sunday evening at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. (s)

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