Sunshine and traffic-free streets the perfect cocktail for Sheffield cyclists

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Thousands of cyclists made the most of the scorching weather and traffic-free streets as the annual HSBC Let’s Ride returned to Sheffield.

Riders of all ages and abilities lined up at the start line in Endcliffe Park before winding their way through the city centre.

Making the most of traffic-free streets. Picture and video: Chris Etchells.

Making the most of traffic-free streets. Picture and video: Chris Etchells.

The route also saw those taking part Sheffield Town Hall, Winter Gardens before heading out of the city centre on Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park.

The 6.5km route will also include an off-road section in the park before riders return to Tudor Square and city centre for the finish line.

Spectators also made the most of the sunshine as the heatwave continues across Sheffield.

Organisers set up three festival parks in Endcliffe Park, the Winter Gardens and Tudor Square.

The route also took riders through the Winter Gardens.

The route also took riders through the Winter Gardens.

Youngsters also learnt the basics at a special coaching zone in Endcliffe Park before hitting the road with their parents.

A number of road closures and bus service diversions were put in place while the event took place.

Jon and Anna Cooper with Arya, one, and Alyena, four.

Jon and Anna Cooper with Arya, one, and Alyena, four.

Riders make their way through the Winter Gardens.

Riders make their way through the Winter Gardens.

The route took cyclists past Sheffield Town Hall.

The route took cyclists past Sheffield Town Hall.