Sky Ride Birmingham welcomed 18,000 cyclists at the weekend for an amazing celebration of cycling.
The eager cyclists cruised a 10km route through the city, passing by Chancellor’s Court and the University of Birmingham, Winterbourne Botanic Gardens and St. George’s Church. There were plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, with BMX displays, an Art Attack area, the British Cycling Bike Café at the University campus and face painters and a DJ at the Optima Community Association.
'It's been an amazing day,' said Paul Barber, Recreation Manager at British Cycling. 'This year has been the greatest ever for cycling in the UK and it’s fantastic to see that so many people have been inspired to get back on their bikes and join the fun.’
There was plenty of inspiration to go around with double Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Laura Trott in attendance. She was on hand to meet riders and sign bibs alongside Sky Ride Ambassador Stacey Solomon.
Ride Leaders helped take people around the route using bikes supplied by the Be Active by Bike initiative, whilst local bike shops were busy repairing bikes all day. Plus lots of youngsters took part in Go-Ride Racing and got their first taste of competitive cycling.
If Sky Ride Birmingham has inspired you to get cycling more often, don't forget there are loads of Sky Ride Local rides taking place in the region every Sunday. Find out more.