Jason Kenny, double Olympic 2012 gold medallist, will be joining thousands of cyclists as they take to Bolton’s streets for Sky Ride on Sunday 2 June.
The free cycling event will take place in his home town of Bolton for the second time, offering everyone another chance to ride through the town on traffic-free streets, taking in some of the town’s key landmarks.
Jason will officially open the route on Le Mans Crescent at 10am. Throughout the day he will visit the Activity Areas to meet people and cheer the riders on their way, he will also take part in a question and answer session at Queens Park as well as sign cyclists’ Sky Ride bibs in the British Cycling tent on Victoria Square.
The traffic free route starts at Le Mans Crescent next to the Town Hall and will be open from 10am to 4pm. In addition to the 5km circular route there is also a shorter 3km route for riders who want to do a shorter distance and for those with disabilities, offering everyone the chance to ride through the town and take in some of its key landmarks.
The route will be open and traffic-free from 10am to 4pm, allowing participants to take part in the ride at their own pace. With no official start point or start time, cyclists can ride as much or as little of the route as they want.
Bike hire is available including, for the first time, adapted cycles provided by the Wheels for All* team. All riders can stop off at the Activity Areas in Victoria Square and Queens Park to meet up with family and friends and enjoy the free entertainment and try out some of the many activities on offer.
Jason Kenny said: “It’s great to be back in Bolton again to take part in the town’s second Sky Ride. I really enjoyed the event last year and it was fantastic to see so many local people take the opportunity to cycle on traffic free streets. Cycling is something that everyone can enjoy and a great way to stay fit and active so I’m really happy to be back to support Sky ride and want everyone to join in!”
Councillor Anthony Connell, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport said: “People in Bolton have taken cycling to their hearts after the success of Bolton’s Olympic champion, Jason Kenny, and we are delighted that he will be joining us again to start and cycle the route.
“We want to encourage as many people as possible to have a go at cycling as it is a great way to keep fit and have fun whatever their age or ability. Thousands of people turned out to last year’s event and I hope many more will join in the fun filled day this time whether to cycle the route or just to cheer everyone along the way.”
To register for free and explore Bolton on two wheels, visit www.goskyride.com/bolton