City’s got PEDAL POWER!

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

ONE half of the Coven­try ring road turned into a mas­sive cy­cle path this week­end for the HSBC UK City Ride Coven­try.

Peo­ple on rac­ing bikes, moun­tain bikes, re­cum­bents, fold­ers, tandems and all kinds of other bikes took part in the ride in the city cen­tre on Sun­day.

Chil­dren rode on bikes or half bikes clamped to their par­ents’ bikes, on bikes with sta­bilis­ers, on child bike seats, on bal­ance bikes and in trail­ers.

With Broadgate as the main hub, cy­clists fol­lowed a cir­cuit along one side of the ring road which had been closed to traf­fic.

Along the way was the bub­ble hub, where soap bub­ble ma­chines blew out bub­bles and a mini bike track com­plete with banked turns and a sprint sec­tion.

The free bike checks were very pop­u­lar with peo­ple join­ing long queues to get their ma­chines checked by Hal­fords tech­ni­cians.

Disco bikes car­ry­ing loud speak­ers play­ing pop mu­sic joined the riders. And ev­ery­one tak­ing part was of­fered a free horn for some Tour de France style toot­ing.

Giv­ing the riders a send off at the start of the event was Par­a­lympic cham­pion He­len Scott who won gold in the tan­dem kilo event at the Rio Olympics.

She was joined by Coven­try deputy Lord mayor Coun John Blun­dell (Con, Wain­body) and Coun Jayne Innes (Lab, Whober­ley).

Ch­eryl Smith who com­pleted the ride with her hus­band and chil­dren said: “The girls re­ally loved it. They are nine and 11. They loved go­ing down the hills and we went through the bub­ble tun­nel and we honked our horns.

“It’s nice to be able to ride away from traf­fic with­out hav­ing to get four bikes to a water park or some­where like that.”

Immy Kaur from Birm­ing­ham, said: “There was one in Birm­ing­ham and we en­joyed it so much we came to this one.

“There are not many events like this in the re­gion and it gives chil­dren a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence cy­cling cul­ture.”

Andy Evans from Coven­try said: “They should do this more of­ten and close more lo­cal roads. It gets peo­ple out of their cars and on to their bikes.”

It’s the first year HSBC has spon­sored the event. Pre­vi­ous sim­i­lar rides were spon­sored by me­dia com­pany Sky.

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