9th Dec, 2016

PICTURE SPECIAL: Thousands turn out for annual Coventry Sky Ride

Shaun Reynolds 8th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THOUSANDS of pedal powered minds took to the streets of Coventry on Sunday (August 7) as the city’s annual traffic free Sky Ride took place.

This year’s seven kilometre route gave riders the chance to experience the heart of the city before enjoying a long stretch along the traffic-free ring road.

TV star and Sky Ride ambassador Denise van Outen joined in with the fun-filled day by joining the start gantry before visiting Fargo Village and The Hub in Broadgate for a Q&A session.

Sky Riders set off from Council House, before passing the Cathedral and Coventry University on the way to Fargo Village.

Broadgate visitors got a close-up look at the bikes used by the Great Britain Cycling Team and Team Sky, while Halfords cycle experts carried out dozens of free bike checks and minor repairs.

There was also the Extreme Mountain Bike Show in Salt Lane, Piff Paff cycle theatre in University Square and many other activities down at Fargo Village.

Councillor Jayne Innes, cabinet member for city services, said: “It was my first Skyride and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Thousands of people took part – mostly Coventrians, but also some from further afield.

“It was our biggest and best Skyride ever, the atmosphere was amazing, very friendly, and everyone I saw was having a wonderful day.

“The beauty of Skyride is it doesn’t matter whether you’re an occasional bike rider like me, or a dedicated sportsperson, Skyride is fun for everyone.”

Jackie Brennan, recreation manager from British Cycling, said: “It’s been brilliant to see thousands of people enjoying the festival atmosphere at Sky Ride Coventry today.

“I hope it’s inspired everyone to get out on their bikes more often – I can’t wait to see everyone on one of our other rides in Coventry soon.”