Cyclists riding out to revive spirit of Le Tour

Betty-Ann Hutchin, aged 67, who is to lead Sheffield's first Sky Ride.
Betty-Ann Hutchin, aged 67, who is to lead Sheffield's first Sky Ride.

Cycling fever will be making a return to Sheffield this weekend when a family bike ride takes over the city’s streets.

The free 8.4km Sky Ride - starting from Devonshire Green at 11am on Sunday and returning to the same spot - will see more than 1,000 people getting on their bikes.

Disruption is likely - roads in Sheffield city centre and along Ecclesall Road as far as Hunters Bar roundabout will be closed to traffic.

The route also takes in Bramall Lane stadium, where cyclists can ride around the perimeter of the pitch.

The traffic-free ride is one of 15 across the country backed by British Cycling to harness enthusiasm in the wake of the Tour de France.

Proceedings will be started by Great Britain BMX rider Curtis Manaton, while Hillsborough resident Betty-Ann Hutchin has been selected as Sheffield’s Sky Ride ambassador.

Betty, aged 67, took up cycling after retiring three years ago. She said: “I love the freedom and sense of achievement it’s given me, it’s wonderful and has certainly opened up new opportunities for me.”

A Bike Café will be serving refreshments on the day, and a ‘loud zone tunnel’ and ‘tricks and tunes’ area promise to create a festival atmosphere.

Free tyre pumps are being provided on Fitzwilliam Street and outside the entrance to Endcliffe Park.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said the aim was to build on the Tour’s success and to get a ‘much broader range’ of local people cycling.

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