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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-30-09

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Thousands take part in HSBC UK City Ride Liverpool

THOUSANDS of people took to the streets of Liverpool to enjoy the HSBC UK City Ride. Starting at The Strand, the route took in some of the Albert Dock's most iconic sights, before heading down Great Howard Street towards the Stanley Dock and looping back. The 5.5km route also featured an accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes.

Liverpool born Paralympic champion Lora Fachie got the event underway before later joining participants on the route, alongside her husband and fellow Paralympic gold medallist Neil Fachie, and double Olympic champion, Steven Burke.

Lora Fachie said:- "It's been wonderful to spend the day with so many people who have been out and about enjoying cycling on the streets of Liverpool. Encouraging people to get on their bikes and make cycling part of their everyday lives are what the HSBC UK City Rides are all about, and I hope today has inspired thousands of people across Liverpool to do just that."

The event, delivered in partnership with Liverpool City Council, was the final of 14 HSBC UK City Rides which have taken place across the country this summer. The events are the 1st step towards HSBC UK and British Cycling's ambition to get two million people on bikes by 2020, making cycling the UK's most popular activity and sport of choice.

Giles Morgan, HSBC's global head of sponsorship, said:- "Today's final HSBC UK City Ride has been a great event, with thousands of people getting on their bikes and enjoying their City's streets in a traffic free ride. Getting people onto their bikes is what our partnership with British Cycling is all about, and Liverpool has been a great host."

Liverpool City Council's mayoral lead for wellbeing and the City's cycling champion, Councillor Tim Beaumont, said:- "It was great to see so many cyclists riding through Liverpool and enjoying the City. Cycling is a great way to get fit and stay fit and that is why we're delighted to have supported this event, and have committed to a range of measures to encourage people on to bikes.

Hopefully some of those who took to the saddle for the 1st time in a long time today will be encouraged to make cycling a part of their life from now on."

There are countless other opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to attend free, organised rides in Liverpool and right across the country via:- LetsRide.Co.UK.


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