PICTURES: Thousands of cyclists join Sky Ride across Sheffield

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Photo: Chris Etchells

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Photo: Chris Etchells

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Thousands of people got in the saddle this weekend to pedal around Sheffield, taking in some of the city’s most popular landmarks.

The Sky Ride is a free annual cycling event which sees cyclists of all ages and abilities ride together.

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Riders head through the Winter Garden. Photo: Chris Etchells

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Riders head through the Winter Garden. Photo: Chris Etchells

For the first time, this year, the 8.5KM course started and finished at Endcliffe Park, Hunters Bar.

The sun shone as cyclists completed the route, which took in Ecclesall Road and the city centre, as many times as they could between 11am and 3pm on July 3.

Among the riders were the Zaman’s of Carter Knowle Road.

Karen, 36 and Saeel, 47, had brought their two children, eight-year-old Noah and Yasmin, to enjoy the day.

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Pictured are Sophie, Williamson, Charlotte Williamson, 13, Oscar Williamson, Holly Murtus, 13, and Freddie Conway, nine. Photo: Chris Etchells

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Pictured are Sophie, Williamson, Charlotte Williamson, 13, Oscar Williamson, Holly Murtus, 13, and Freddie Conway, nine. Photo: Chris Etchells

“Zach is really in to cycling, he’s got it from his dad and he likes watching the Tour de France,” said Karen.

“We did this last year and we like it because it’s safe with the roads being closed and it’s exercise.”

It was also the second time at the event for Janet Paterson, 61, of Ecclesall.

“It’s a good, fun event. I’ve been a keen cyclist for four years. I have a prosetic leg, and that’s when I realised I could ride a tricycle. Now, I cycle two days each week.”

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Riders head past Sheffield Town Hall. Photo: Chris Etchells

Cyclists took to the closed streets of Sheffield to take part in the 2016 Skyride. Riders head past Sheffield Town Hall. Photo: Chris Etchells

She was joined by her son, Doug Paterson, 31, who decided he wanted to take part after watching how much his mum enjoyed it last year.

During the route, cyclists passed through Sheffield United Football Club’s Bramall Lane stadium and also the Winter Gardens.