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Champion cyclist Ben Swift to lead Sky Ride in York
A CHAMPION cyclist will take to the roads alongside more than 1,000 people in York in a bike ride around the city on Saturday.
Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift, from Sheffield, who won the World Championship Men’s Scratch race in 2012 to become Great Britain’s first ever world champion, and who is currently recovering from a shoulder injury, will join 1,318 riders who have signed up for the big Sky Ride.
The ride will see many of the city’s roads closed to allow cyclists to enjoy the 5.6km route traffic free.
Ben said: “Coming from Yorkshire, I am thrilled to be part of Sky Ride York this weekend.
“There’s so much going on in Yorkshire and with Le Grand Depart in 2014, there’s never been a better time to be on your bike.
“Looking forward to seeing you all there.”
The City of York Council-led initiative aims to encourage more people to get on their bikes and enjoy cycling around the city.
This weekend’s circular route will be followed with weekly local Sky Rides where cyclists of all ages can try out different routes, with some routes catering for the more experienced cyclists.
Local Sky Rides will follow designated cycle paths. Cyclists can set off from Clifford’s Tower between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturday.
There will be road closures in place in New Walk, Terry Avenue, Coppergate, Colliergate, Skeldergate, Aldwark, North Street, Wellington Row, Deangate and Goodramgate.
For more information and to register for the Sky Ride, visit goskyride.com
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