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York Cycle Show hailed a huge success
TEN thousand cycle enthusiasts got on their bikes this weekend as they descended on York Racecourse for an annual cycling extravaganza.
The 67th York Cycle Show, one of the biggest national events for cyclists and one of the highlights in the UK cycling calendar, is the climax of National Bike Week.
Paralympic gold medal cyclist David Stone attended the weekend-long showcase and visitors enjoyed stunt shows, vintage bike exhibitions, bike auctions, children's entertainers, a real ale bar, giant inflatables, a climbing wall and a bungee jump.
York Police were also at the event, tagging dozens of bikes and offering tips on how owners can make life more difficult for thieves as part of the city-wide Operation Spoke.
Saturday coincided with the arrival of a prototype London 2012 Olympic torch and on the Sunday a grand cycle parade took place through York from the Minster after a special service for cyclists.
Paul Hepworth, chairman of the show’s committee, said everyone enjoyed the dry and warm temperatures on the Saturday and the glorious sunshine on Sunday, adding: “This is the first time for several years we have had fine weather throughout the event and it really helped draw people out of their homes to the event.
“It was a spectacular turnout with about 10,000 people in total for the two days.
“The show is one of the biggest national events for cyclists and since it started in 1945 it has encouraged thousands to pedal for pleasure.
“Again this year everyone seemed to be having a great time, including the children who took part in cycling competitive events, and the service at York Minster was very well attended.
“We hope to see the same success in 2012.”