Video: Cycle stunts and circuits as city saddles up for Sky Ride

More than 8,000 people saddled up as York became a giant cycling circuit for the latest Sky Ride on Sunday (September 13).

With many roads closed and others reduced to a single lane, cyclists took over the city.

People of all ages, sizes and on all manner of bikes took advantage of the free event. The friendly atmosphere and good weather ensured smiles all round.

York Central MP Rachael Maskell, councillor Nigel Ayre and Welcome To Yorkshire boss Sir Gary Verity were among those who took to the start line.

Some stunt riding at Rowntree Park
Some stunt riding at Rowntree Park

Organised by City of York Council in partnership with British Cycling and Sky, Sky Ride York also saw a festival of cycling on Rowntree Park.

Families tried out weird and wonderful bikes and watched impressive stunt shows.

Cllr Ayre, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said:

Sky Ride York gave residents and visitors the chance to see some of York’s most famous landmarks in a unique traffic free environment on a scenic 7km loop.

I hope this will have helped to inspire people to ride their bikes more often, for both leisure and for getting in and around the city.

A couple of cyclists by the Minster
A couple of cyclists by the Minster
Two young cyclists ride through the tunnel of noise
Two young cyclists ride through the tunnel of noise

As a keen cyclist, Rachael Maskell said she really enjoyed riding the route, which took cyclists past the Minster, Clifford’s Tower and over Millennium Bridge.

She said:

I’d like to congratulate everyone involved, this event is great for all ages and it is especially good to see youngsters out on their bikes enjoying the route and activities.

For more information on future rides, visit goskyride.com/York.

Sir Gary Verity and Cllr Nigel Ayre at the start near Clifford's Tower. Photograph: Les GibBon
Sir Gary Verity and Cllr Nigel Ayre at the start near Clifford’s Tower. Photograph: Les Gibbon
MP Rachael Maskell takes to the roads
MP Rachael Maskell takes to the roads