Glasgow turns out for Sky Ride

23 Aug 2010

More than 13,000 cyclists brought the Glasgow riverside alive with the sight of hi-viz bibs and the sound of tinkling bells and squeaking brakes on Sunday, as Sky Ride returned to Scotland's biggest city.

Sky Ride first visited Glasgow in 2009 and despite awful weather, the city's cyclists turned out in force to show their love for cycling in the city. Turn the clock forward one year and thousands of cyclists were crossing their fingers and praying for a dry day for the return of Sky Ride.

Come the day and the weather gods behaved, despite threatening clouds all day - Clydeside's pedallers even got a few glimpses of well-earned sunshine as they hurtled round the route!

So, with the weather kept in check and thousands of cyclists in attendance to see Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy and TV star Lorraine Kelly, there was nothing to stop Glasgow's cyclists from enjoying the 8.1km traffic-free circuit. It started in Glasgow Green and headed west along the riverside as far as the SECC (aka the Armadillo), before looping back along the riverside, through the Green and back to the village, which sat next to the splendid People's Palace and Winter Gardens.

Glasgow Green itself was transformed into a cycling carnival, with a host of celebrity appearances and fun activities laid on, which kept Glasgow's Sky Riders happy all day. Celebrity autograph hunters were kept on their toes throughout the event, with Miss Scotland, TV's Lorraine Kelly and Sir Chris Hoy all developing bad cases of autograph-induced RSI at the British Cycling Love Cycling stand.

Source: Sky Ride Glasgow