University saddles up for Sky Ride 2015


Sky Ride is back in Leeds for it's 3rd consecutive year on Sunday 14 June. It will see some 8,500 riders pedal past the iconic Buildings of the University of Leeds.

Riders of all ages and abilities will be cycling through the University of Leeds campus on Sunday 14 June as part of the 2015 edition of Sky Ride.

The University will host an activation zone at the mass-participation cycle ride, which in previous years has attracted some 8,500 riders of every standard.

The activation zone will be running activities for everyone, including a bike obstacle course, blingabike, smoothie bike, table tennis coaching, as well as hot and cold refreshments.

The route will take participants directly through campus from Hyde Park, going across the precinct, past the new Laidlaw library and The Edge before exiting towards Millennium Square in the town centre.

Rob Wadsworth, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Leeds, said: “It’s great to be part of something which will see huge numbers of people on their bikes and getting fit.

“We would encourage everyone, on the way through our campus, to stop at the activation zone and enjoy some of the activities taking place there.”

On the 6.5km route of this year’s Sky Ride, riders can look forward to starting on the Headrow, as cycling legends during last summer’s ‘Grand D├ępart’. As well as the University, they will also pass iconic city landmarks including the Town Hall and the First Direct Arena.

Riders can challenge family and friends in the Sprint Zone, experience the sensory tunnel and find out more about cycling opportunities in Leeds. Bike experts at Halfords are offering a free bike safety check to everyone who registers and will be on hand to help out with any last minute problems.

Sky Ride Ambassador and six-time Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy said:

“We want more people to enjoy riding a bike - that’s why British Cycling and Sky have teamed up to bring you Sky Ride. We’ve made it easier than ever to get out on your bike and spend quality time with your family and friends.

“Sky Rides close big towns and cities for big bike events so you can ride safely on traffic-free streets, with a huge festival atmosphere and loads to do both on and off the bike. They are good fun and a great way to get on your bike.”

In addition to the mass-participation Sky Ride event, a series of free, guided Sky Ride Local and women-only Breeze bike rides will also be taking place around Leeds this summer for cyclists of all abilities.

For more information on Sky Ride Local, Breeze and to register for Sky Ride Leeds go to

Further information

For more information about the impact on campus (entrance closures), visit the ForStaff page

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