Tuesday 24 March 2015

British Cycling and Sky marked a successful year of cycling in partnership with Sheffield City Council, with the presentation of a framed, signed GB Cycling Team jersey.

After an exciting year that saw Sheffield play host to a fantastic Tour de France stage finish and its first Sky Ride big bike event, Sheffield City Council’s cycling programme saw hundreds of people get out on bikes and join in the amazing season of cycling.

To recognise the success of the partnership and to announce this year’s Sky Ride Sheffield event, British Cycling Recreation Manager, Steve Peters, presented a framed GB Cycling Team jersey to the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Peter Rippon.

Mr Peters said: “It’s a great time to be inspired by cycling and we’ve really enjoyed working with Sheffield City Council to get more people on bikes than ever before.

“The first Sky Ride Sheffield saw more than 2,500 people brave the elements to ride the traffic-free streets and we’re looking to build on that for this year’s event.”

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, added: “As a keen cyclist myself, I know how enjoyable riding a bike around Sheffield’s stunning landscape can be.

“I hope that young and old, individuals and families, experienced cyclists and novices alike will pull on their helmets and take to the roads for this year’s Sky Ride Sheffield.”

Sky Ride Sheffield will be taking place on Sunday 5 July and, with the knock-on effect of the Tour de France legacy from 2014, is hoped to be a huge success.

In the last seven years of British Cycling’s partnership with Sky, more and more people in Britain have been getting into cycling regularly – more than one million now cycle once a month. The partnership with Sheffield City Council has helped contribute to this figure and there are hundreds of opportunities to continue to ride in Sheffield through Sky Ride Local guided lines, women-only Breeze rides and Britain’s biggest social cycling network, Ride Social.

Mr Peters added: “We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with Sheffield City Council again this year. Ultimately, we want to work together to get more people on bikes, riding recreationally and really falling in love with cycling.

“Sky Ride is just one event, with our Breeze, Sky Ride Local and Ride Social programmes there are lots of opportunities for the people of Sheffield to get cycling.”

Sky Ride Sheffield rolls into the city on 5 July.  For more information and to register for this free event visit www.goskyride.com/Sheffield