York brings on the bikes for Sky Ride

York brings on the bikes for Sky Ride
14 Sep 2013 @ 6.33 pm
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Four wheels were supplanted by two on Saturday (September 14) as York turned into a city centre cycling circuit.

The first ever Sky Ride York saw cars banished from many roads as cyclists young and old enjoyed the freedom of the city.

Hundreds of people pedalled their way past the Minster, round Clifford’s Tower and along the river to Rowntree Park, home of the weekend-long Festival Of Cycling.

From tootling toddlers to recumbent racers, everyone was having fun on the flat streets of York. Many decorated their bike at a special marquee in front of the Minster, while on the Eye of York you could race on static bikes or get some well-earned refreshment at the café.

Supported by Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift, the event replaced the roar of the combustion engine with the whirr of the well-oiled chain.

With pedestrians kept safe behind the barriers by the stewards everyone, it seems, enjoyed the ride.

The ride in pictures

Advertising the Rowntree festival
Advertising the Rowntree festival
A race to the virtual finish
A race to the virtual finish
Pretty pannier
Pretty pannier
Cyclists get their bikes tuned up
Cyclists get their bikes tuned up
Little and large on the Minster piazza
Little and large on the Minster piazza
A young participant
A young participant
All aboard!
All aboard!
Members of the chain gang
Members of the chain gang
Riding down Duncombe Place
Riding down Duncombe Place
At the bike decorating station near the Minster
At the bike decorating station near the Minster
Climbing high outside the Minster
Climbing high outside the Minster
Taking a trip round the tower
Taking a trip round the tower
Time for a cuppa
Time for a cuppa
Some bike bling
Some bike bling
Bedecked with bibs before the ride
Bedecked with bibs before the ride
Young cyclists survey the scene from the Castle Museum steps
Young cyclists survey the scene from the Castle Museum steps