VIDEO: Cyclists’ fun day out at Sheffield Sky Ride

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Thousands of Sheffield cyclists had a ‘wheely’ good time at the city’s hugely popular Sky Ride.

People of all ages and abilities got on their bikes to pedal around an 8km course on closed roads.

The start line of the Sky Ride in Sheffield

The start line of the Sky Ride in Sheffield

The Sky Ride, which started at Devonshire Green, was one of a number of events held to celebrate the anniversary of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

Riders made their way out of the city centre along Ecclesall Road before turning around at Endcliffe Park and returning to the start line via a rare opportunity to cycle through the Winter Garden.

They were able to complete the course as many times as they liked, and stop off on the way as often as they wanted, between 11am and 3pm.

Participant Simon Wiles, aged 49, of Greenhill, said the event was a great way of encouraging people to get out on their bikes.

He said: “Anything that encourages people to get out on their bikes, or any kind of activity, is great, especially when you get so many youngsters and older people.

“It’s such a mix and it’s a bit like a party.”

Keen cyclist Simon said cycling’s popularity has gone from strength to strength since the Tour de France came to Sheffield.

He said: “I do a bit of cycling myself in the Peak District and there are so many people out on their bikes now.

“One thing I really appreciate is the patience car drivers have towards cyclists. They give you a wide berth.”

Sky Ride participant and Bradfield School support worker James Hunter, aged 40, of Greystones, said the legacy of the Tour de France is clear to see in the city.

At his school, the Bradfield School Velo Club was established following the Grand Depart and about 15 children go out for a bike ride every Friday after school.

James said: “The Tour de France came past our school and we were all there to support it.

“The Tour de France has raised the profile of the city and I think it’s been fantastic.”