Monday, 16 June 2014

Thousands take to the streets for Sky Ride Leeds

Thousands of people took to the streets of Leeds city centre for the second annual Sky Ride event yesterday. Guests of honour were British Cycling's Olympic and double world champion Joanna Rowsell MBE and Team Sky rider Ian Boswell.

Reflecting on the event organised by Leeds City Council, British Cycling,Sky and West Yorkshire Metro, Leeds City Council executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“It was another fantastic Sky Ride event for Leeds, despite the wet start to the day thousands of people came out to take part and especially families with young children which was great to see.

“Our cyclist guests Joanna Rowsell and Ian Boswell really engaged with the event which was brilliant so thanks to them and everyone who helped stage the day. I completed a couple of laps of the course and all the way round I could hear people talking about the Tour de France coming up in three weeks’ time, so people are getting really excited now and Sky Ride Leeds set the tone perfectly for the amazing events to come.”

British Cycling Recreation Manager for Yorkshire Dan Goodey said:

"The event was brilliant, thousands of people enjoying a fantastic, fun day of traffic-free cycling around Leeds city centre. With only weeks until the Tour de France Grand Départ starts on the same stretch of road as yesterday’s Sky Ride, it certainly feels like cycling fever has hit Yorkshire in a big way."


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,

There’s more to Le Tour in Leeds as events guide launches

Caption: Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills and dancers from the Pop Up West Indian Carnival who will be performing in Leeds on Saturday 5 July.

A new guide has been produced detailing all of the events happening in Leeds around the start of the Tour de France next month.

Leeds City Council has produced a new leaflet entitled ‘There’s more to Le Tour’ detailing 48 events happening around the city in the week leading up to the Grand Départ of the world’s largest annual sporting event on Saturday 5 July.

‘There’s more to Le Tour’ will be available to pick up across the city in leaflet form and will also be hosted online at from later this week. The guide features 48 top events which will be happening in the city centre and further afield on the week leading up to the Tour de France. The digital map will host all these events and all the other events that the council are made aware of on the lead up to the race.

From lunchtime concerts to theatrical performances, and cycling themed events, Leeds will be brought to life via a variety of street acts, and other forms of entertainment on the day and in the week preceding the event.

The Pop Up Carnival will be performing in the city centre after the elite riders leave the start line. The procession will feature jaw dropping creations and infectious tropical beats culminating on Briggate with high energy dance moves, joyful steel pan tunes and live calypso melodies to continue the carnival atmosphere.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

“The new events guide and digital presence is fantastic and really captures the essence and excitement that is growing in the city around the Tour de France.

“The printed map contains a wide range of information about what will be happening in the city, but will also act as the perfect memento of this once in a lifetime event.

“Leeds will be a fantastic place to be for the race, and there is a huge programme of events that will be happening throughout the city even after the race departs – what better day to be in Leeds than Saturday 5 July – we really are looking forward to welcoming the world."

Arthur France MBE,founder and chairperson for Leeds West Indian Carnival said:

“We are delighted that Pop Up Carnival will showcase Leeds as the home of Europe’s first Caribbean Carnival to the thousands attending the Grand Départ and potentially millions watching across the world. Having the Tour de France start right here in Yorkshire is simply fantastic. This is an amazing opportunity for Leeds Carnival to bring a wow factor and to champion Leeds as the wonderfully diverse and artistically vibrant city we are so proud of.”

For further information contact
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council communications team
Mob: 07712214224