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Tour de France winning bike comes to York
CYCLISTS of all abilities will take over York city centre when Chris Froome’s Tour de France winning bike comes to the Yorkshire capital.
The top-of-the-range Pinarello bicycle will be just one of several cycling-related attractions in three different parts of York on the weekend of September 14 and 15.
More than 1,000 people are expected to take part in the York Sky Ride on a circuit of roads closed to all other traffic in the city centre on the Saturday, which will also be the first day of the two-day York Festival of Cycling.
Coun Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “This will be a great chance for people of all ages and abilities to get involved with cycling in York. Whether you are a regular rider or if you haven’t been on a bike in years there will be something for you to enjoy on this 5.6km route. We want as many people as possible to get on their bikes for this circuit.”
The Sky Ride on September 14 will include a Team Sky zone at Clifford’s Tower, where Froome’s bike will be on display. Participants and visitors will also have the chance to sit in one of the custom-built Jaguars that support Froome’s Team Sky at major events throughout the season and transport the team’s sports directors and mechanics during races. They can also eat at the British Cycling café and Halfords bike mechanics will give bike checks and do minor repairs. York Sports Village will provide free cycle hire for people without bicycles to join in the fun and Quest 88 will provide free adapted bicycles for disabled people.
Rowntree Park will host the Festival of Cycling on September 14 and 15 when a host of cycling related activities and displays will include performances by the Clan Stunt show riders and families can try out bikes on a main track and the KMX Karts zone. There will also be learner and toddler areas.
Duncombe Place will be the venue during the Sky Ride for a professional artist to decorate bikes, cycling fitness tests with state-of-the-art technology run by York St John University and a mobile climbing wall.
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