ROUTE CONFIRMED FOR HSBC UK CITY RIDE IN CARDIFF

British Cycling and HSBC UK have revealed the route for the HSBC UK City Ride, taking place in Cardiff on 6 August.

Starting at Roald Dahl Plass, participants will head north before looping back towards the Docks and along the Barrage. Riders will then make their way back into town. The route will also feature an accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes.

The event will be the seventh of 14 free-to-attend HSBC UK City Ride events across the country in 2017, and is the first 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.

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Cardiff-born Olympic champion Elinor Barker said:

"Cardiff - and Wales as a whole - is a fantastic place to cycle, and I'm delighted that the HSBC UK City Ride initiative will be coming to the city. The route looks fantastic and will be a great way to showcase Cardiff and the opportunities for cycling.

"It will be great to see thousands of people getting the chance to enjoy cycling through their city, and the event will hopefully inspire them to make cycling part of their everyday lives."

Giles Morgan, HSBC's global head of sponsorship said:

"Taking part in an HSBC UK City Ride is a great way to enjoy cycling around Cardiff without traffic, which means it could be a great day out for families, those who want to get back on their bike after allowing it to collect dust at home, or for the more experienced cyclists who want to try something a bit more relaxed."

Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure at Cardiff Council, said: "This will be a fantastic opportunity for residents and families in Cardiff to get their bikes out of the garage and take part in this fun event. Cycling has many uses, it is a great way to commute to work, get fit or just spend time with friends or families outdoors.

"Increasing cycling provision is a priority for the council and Cardiff is committed to improving the cycling infrastructure in the city and my cabinet colleague Cllr Wild will be taking this agenda forward."

As well as exploring the city-centre route, the event will give young riders the opportunity to test their bike handling and pick up new skills on the HSBC UK Go-Ride course. Run by British Cycling coaches, the area will feature obstacles and challenges for all levels of rider to tackle. There will be bikes and helmets available to borrow and you will be able to find out about all of the local cycling clubs and activities for children in the area. Younger participants will also be able to dress their bikes in the Kids' Zone, which will house face-painting, a bib personalisation station and a caricature artist.

Entrants will be able to benefit from the presence of fully-qualified technicians who will be able to advise on any mechanical issues, while other activities such as a virtual reality cycling experience, street velodrome and the Sir Chris Hoy challenge - where participants can challenge Sir Chris' Olympic gold-medal winning sprint time - will ensure a fantastic day for entrants of all ages.

The events are completely free and participants can either register their participation at www.letsride.co.uk or enter on the day.