Bid for record number of cyclists to join Leicester's Sky Ride on Sunday
Sky Ride organisers hope Britain's recent Olympic and Tour de France success will inspire cyclists to turn out in record numbers on Sunday.
Many of Leicester's streets will be closed to traffic and handed over to riders for the annual event.
The Sky Ride is being held for the fourth time with a five-mile (8km) route taking in popular city landmarks.
Deputy city mayor Councillor Rory Palmer hopes the event, which attracted more than 12,000 participants last year, will be inspired by the British cycling team's Olympic medal haul and by Bradley Wiggins becoming the first British winner of the Tour de France earlier in the summer.
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Coun Palmer said: "It's been an amazing summer for cycling, with our athletes making sporting history again and again.
"Sky Ride is a great way for people to share that excitement for cycling with thousands of others, all riding the streets of Leicester.
"As well as encouraging people to get out on their bikes, it's a celebration of cycling in the city and a really fabulous, fun day out for all ages."
Starting and finishing at Abbey Park, the route takes riders into the city centre via the Belgrave flyover and Cultural Quarter, also visiting Leicester Market and Town Hall Square, with activity zones at various venues from 10am to 4pm.
British Cycling will be bringing their bike village to Abbey Park, giving people a chance to experience sport and recreational cycling. Members of Leicester Forest Cycling Club are among the many groups also involved.
Secretary Rob Jones said: "We will have a stand in Abbey Park with static bikes for visitors to test their power and ability. We will also have a range of bikes, from top road bikes to the latest track cycles, for people to try out."
Other attractions include a Disney children's area and riding skills demonstration in Abbey Park by Leicester's BMX world champion Keelan Phillips.
There will be Bikeability training sessions and a picnic area in the Leicester Mercury car park, a Sustrans Eco-hub featuring live music, stalls and food at the market, and an exhibition on Paralympic cycling at Curve.
Future Cycles will also be running a bike maintenance workshop in Town Hall Square, where children can decorate their Sky Ride bibs and get their faces painted.
Sky Ride Leicester is organised by the city council, with British Cycling, Sky and NHS Leicester City, as part of the five-day Ride Leicester Festival starting on Thursday.
Janet Hudson, British Cycling recreation manager for the East Midlands, said: "There is something for everyone."
Riders can pick up free bibs at Abbey Park or the Town Hall Square on Sunday and everyone registered will be entered into a prize draw. www.goskyride.com/leicester
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