July 19, 2016

Essential’s Rachel takes part in Leeds Sky Ride

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Thousands of people including our very own Rachel from sales took part in the Leeds Sky Ride on Sunday.

The free event, which took place on Sunday 17th July all around Leeds, aims to get riders of all ages and abilities to try cycling on a traffic free route. The 6.5km route took cyclists passed historic city buildings from the University of Leeds to the Town Hall and Civic Hall.

“I couldn’t believe that we were interviewed by ITV News either, I think it was the cat bike helmet worn by my daughter that got their attention!” – Rachel Smith, Sales Executive for Essential Healthcare Solutions

Riders could also challenge family or friends in the Sprint Zone on the Headrow, find out more about cycling opportunities in Leeds at Millennium Square or watch mountain bike stunts at the Tricks and Tunes zone at Woodhouse Moor.

This year was the fourth Sky Ride in Leeds, with previous years attracting more than 8,000 cyclists. Leeds has also a rich cycling history, with it famously hosting the start of the Tour De France in 2014.

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Essential Employee Rachel Smith on her bike during Leeds Sky Ride

Rachel Smith, Sales Executive for Essential Healthcare Solutions said: “It was lovely to take part in something like Sky Ride. I do enjoy my cycling and keeping fit, so it was great to bring my daughter along and get her to join in.”

“I couldn’t believe that we were interviewed by ITV News either, I think it was the cat bike helmet worn by my daughter that got their attention! It’s great that so many people turned up for this event and it’s encouraging more and more people to take up cycling.”

Councillor James Lewis, for Leeds City Council told Sky Ride: “It’s been a fabulous day for the city, and just incredible to see so many people rediscovering a simple love of cycling.”

2016 marks the last year for Sky Ride in Leeds, however we’re sure it certainly won’t stop Rachel and her family getting on their bikes!

To watch Rachel’s ITV interview, click here.

To hear more about Sky Ride Leeds, visit http://www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride

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Map of Leeds Sky Ride route, image courtesy of https://www.goskyride.com/leedsSkyRide