Leicester

King Power Stadium bike ride part of cycle event

King Power Stadium Image copyright Leicester City Council
Image caption Cyclists were allowed to ride around King Power Stadium as part of the Sky Ride

Thousands of cyclists have taken part in the annual Sky Ride in Leicester which included a tour around the inside of King Power Stadium.

The event follows a 6km route in the city centre, including the stadium - home to the Premiership champions.

Janet Hudson of British Cycling said the cycling success at the Rio Olympics had also attracted many riders.

Sky Ride is a joint venture organised by Leicester City Council, British Cycling and Sky.

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Image caption A popular part of the Sky Ride was the area around and inside the stadium
Image copyright Iain Jaques
Image caption Cycling demonstrations were also held across the city
Image copyright Leicester City Council
Image caption Streets in the city centre were closed for six hours to allow the ride to take place

Councillor Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, said: "We're seeing a year-on-year increase in the number of people choosing to commute into Leicester by bike. But we know that people don't start off by simply deciding to cycle to work.

"It's events like Sky Ride which help people to make that change and begin to cycle more regularly."

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