Glasgow, 22 August 2010: Over 13,000 people today joined stars from the worlds of cycling and television at Sky Ride Glasgow to enjoy a day of entertainment on traffic-free, city centre streets. The event was the seventh in Sky’s series of 12 mass participation cycling events taking place this summer.
Cyclists of all ages and abilities took to the streets of Glasgow with friends and family for the event hosted by Sky, in partnership with British Cycling and Glasgow Life. They were joined by Glasgow-born TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and recently crowned Miss Scotland, Nicola Minnagh.
The 8km route took in iconic landmarks and sights and as well as having the opportunity to see their city in a new light, participants were able to take part in a number of activities and entertainment taking place along the route and in the Sky Ride Entertainment Village in Glasgow Green.
Riders enjoyed performances from live bands, games of Bicycle Bingo and were able to take part in a Wacky Riders fancy dress parade. There was something on hand for everyone to enjoy as celebrities took to the Sky Ride stage for interviews and Flatland BMX riders performed impressive demonstrations in the Sky Ride Entertainment Village.
To keep everyone hydrated throughout the day, there were Gatorade Hydration Stations dotted around the route giving out free drinks. Evans Cycles ensured participant’s bikes were in tip top shape to manoeuvre around the traffic free streets, whilst an adidas shop sold Team Sky kit and Sky Ride merchandise. There was also plenty of entertainment for young people including a Go-Ride obstacle course where participants tested their cycling skills and received tips and advice from British Cycling staff.
Four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy commented: “It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying a day out cycling together in Glasgow and I’m sure having the unique opportunity to enjoy the traffic-free streets was a great experience for everybody. I hope today will have reminded people how much fun can be had from cycling and encouraged people to get back on their bikes.”
Lorraine Kelly said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at today’s city Sky Ride and it has been amazing to share the unique experience with cyclists from my home town. The atmosphere on the route and in the Entertainment Village was fantastic! Sharing the experience with Sir Chris Hoy has been great fun and I’m really proud to have been involved.”
Corin Dimopoulos Sky’s Director of Cycling said: “I’m delighted Sky Ride has returned to Glasgow for a second year and that thousands of residents were able to enjoy the wonderful sights and famous landmarks of the city from two wheels. But for anyone who has missed out today, we’re running over 30 smaller, local and guided rides in and around Glasgow over the coming weeks. Through our great partnership with Glasgow Life and British Cycling, we’re building towards our aim of getting one million more people cycling regularly by the end of 2013.”
Councillor Archie Graham, the Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “It has been wonderful to see the streets of Glasgow filled up once again with so many keen cyclists, who were obviously having such a great time. With the fantastic range of free entertainment on offer it has really been a day for all the family to enjoy. I hope that the thousands of people who took to their bikes today will now be thinking of cycling more often. As a city we are keen to promote the benefits of staying fit and healthy to local people and Sky Ride is playing an important part in this.”
People in the region inspired by this event can also get involved in Sky Ride Local rides, which run every Sunday through to October in and around Glasgow. They will be led by fully trained cycle leaders from British Cycling and will take in everything from the countryside and local sights, to historical and art tours. Riders can pick a level to suit their age and ability and will be given a hi-visibility vest to keep. For full details on the next Sky Ride Local in your area please visit www.goskyride.com.