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I know there are a number of cyclists on here, so I thought it would be useful to have a thread for cycling news/opinions etc in the Liverpool City Region. (Anything specific to City Bike can still go in its own thread).

To get the thread started, next Sunday (7th September) sees Liverpool's first ever Sky Ride Big Bike Event. Riders, led by Davina McCall, set off at 9am in Sefton Park and travel around a closed loop of traffic free roads taking in Princes Park, Princes Avenue, Parliament Street, and Wapping to Gower Street before looping back along the same route to the start. Entertainment is provided along the route, as are bike related activities. The circuit remains open until 12:30pm, after which the circuit is to be used for the Grand Depart of this years Tour of Britain.

Sky Rides in other cities have become annual events that can attract upwards of 10,000 participants (not necessarily at the same time of course), so it's good to see Liverpool being included for the first time.

Anyone on here planning on taking part?
 

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Not going to do the ride but plan on going down to watch the race. Been on a mini sky ride before, was well organised we trundled round the flower place in Knowsley before hitting the loop line and back again. Perfect way to get kiddies onto the road in a safe marshalled environment.

As an aside if you are taking part and need liquid refreshment I'd recommend The Marriot, space outside for your bike and tables too.
 

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Sounds good. Were there people on their own on the ride you did? I'm tempted, but as I'd be going on my own, I don't want to look like a weirdo surrounded by couples and families. (Although the corporate day-glo yellow bibs they hand out may raise everybody's weirdo quotient a notch anyway).
 

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Tour de France could come to Liverpool, says Chris Boardman

For the Champs Elysees, read Whitehall. For the Alpe d’Huez there’s The Tumble above Abergavenny. And for Le vertiginous Ventoux, we have the Great Orme.

The Tour of Britain peloton speeds into town on Sunday, and while the 69-year-old cycle race can’t hold a maillot jaune to the iconic status of its French counterpart, staging a multi-stage cycle race gives a country credibility in the eyes of the rest of the cycling world – says a man who knows.

And that credibility can lead to even greater spectacles.

The Tour has been to the South Coast in 1994, London in 2007 and – spectacularly – Yorkshire this year.
Article continues at - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/other-sport/cycling/tour-de-france-could-come-7710325
 

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I've just got back from the Sky Ride event, and I think it's fair to say it was a huge success. There were thousands of people all enjoying the traffic free route between Sefton Park and the Albert Dock. Hopefully the strong turn-out will encourage Sky and British Cycling to bring the event back to Liverpool next year.

Personally I had a lot of fun (somehow I managed to clock up 56km this morning), and despite the large crowds, I wasn't aware of any staging issues, indeed, the whole thing was managed very well. Plus I've now got a day-glo yellow bib - yay!

Onto some photos -

The Hub in Sefton Park -
https://flic.kr/p/p59ULJ

Long queues to register. It's a testament to the organisation that I only waited for about ten minutes in a queue of similar length -
https://flic.kr/p/oPFWt2

Off we go at Sefton Park -
https://flic.kr/p/p59Veh

Activities in Princes Park -
https://flic.kr/p/oPGHNu

A random inflatable tunnel, with flashing lights, music, and bubble blowing machines -
https://flic.kr/p/oPGh7G

Sprint Zone along Chaloner Street -
https://flic.kr/p/oPGGEr

At the Albert Dock you could borrow a BMX bike, ride full speed at the ramp, and land on a giant air bag. I passed on that opportunity -
https://flic.kr/p/oPGGA8

Looking up Parliament Street. It goes without saying that it was far more fun coming down the other side. I'm now paying the price of having climbed that hill six times -
https://flic.kr/p/p6VDbp

Princes Avenue/Road -
https://flic.kr/p/oPGh19

Back at Sefton Park, and there are still loads of people around, enjoying the activities and the atmosphere -
https://flic.kr/p/oPGGtz
 

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Thousands cheer on pro cyclists as Tour of Britain gets underway in Liverpool

Tens of thousands of supporters are lining the streets of Liverpool as the first stage of the Tour of Britain gets underway.

Riders including household names Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are tackling eight laps of 16km, taking in Sefton Park, the Anglican Cathedral and the Three Graces.

Huge crowds lined Liverpool’s Waterfront for the Grand Depart, with the finish line on The Strand by the famous Royal Liver Building.

Speaking ahead of the race Mr Cavendish, who is from the Isle of Man but was a regular competitor in the Birkenhead North End Cycling Club events at Birkenhead Park during his junior days, told the ECHO he thought it was “really good” Liverpool was hosting the first stage of the popular race.
Article continues at - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/tour-britain-begins-liverpool-thousands-7732768
 

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Spotlight turns to Knowsley as Tour of Britain continues

More than 100 of the world’s top cyclists descended on Knowsley today as it welcomed the Tour of Britain for the third consecutive year.

After the success of the Grand Depart in Liverpool yesterday - attended by many thousands of spectators - it was Knowsley’s turn to be in the spotlight, with Stage Two of the national cycle race departing from Knowsley Safari Park.

The action started at 9am today with a range of activities on offer, including the cycling village.

The 197km race itself got under way at 10.15am with the cyclists departing the Safari Park, with Germany’s Marcel Kittel starting in the leader’s jersey after his thrilling sprint win in Liverpool yesterday.
Article continues at - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/spotlight-turns-knowsley-tour-britain-7735579
 

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Great report & Pics.....

I've just got back from the Sky Ride event, and I think it's fair to say it was a huge success. There were thousands of people all enjoying the traffic free route between Sefton Park and the Albert Dock. Hopefully the strong turn-out will encourage Sky and British Cycling to bring the event back to Liverpool next year.

Personally I had a lot of fun (somehow I managed to clock up 56km this morning), and despite the large crowds, I wasn't aware of any staging issues, indeed, the whole thing was managed very well. Plus I've now got a day-glo yellow bib - yay!
Congratulation on your epic ride, can we call you SSC`s " King of the Mountains " ? :bow::bow:
 

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Congratulation on your epic ride, can we call you SSC`s " King of the Mountains " ? :bow::bow:
Depends on your point of view I suppose. I didn't get off and walk the bike up the hill like others did (I'm not judging there, just an observation), but on the other hand I wasn't exactly reaching the top in any kind of record setting time. :)

On a related note, while watching a bit of the Tour of Britain on TV later, after having pushed myself to get up that hill so many times (in general I usually take a route that avoids that climb), it was quite disheartening to hear the commentators describe it as 'only' an easy category climb. Oh well, I suppose I'll just have to practice for next year when hopefully the event returns.
 

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Depends on your point of view I suppose. I didn't get off and walk the bike up the hill like others did (I'm not judging there, just an observation), but on the other hand I wasn't exactly reaching the top in any kind of record setting time. :)
Doesn`t matter how long you took, you did it without your feet hitting the tarmac, even the pro`s had to fight the Parliament street mountain to win the coveted King of the Mountain jersey. So well done...:banana:
 

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It's barely a bump! Islington is steeper for longer. I still think it was a badly designed route, is there some sort of agreement with the police et al about what road closures are allowed as it seems similar to all the fun runs.

If you fancy some steep climbs go to the prom in new bo and do the side streets, some are at 17%.
 

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It's barely a bump! Islington is steeper for longer.
As noted in the TV commentary, Parliament Street may well be a minor inconvenience for a professional cyclist, or even just a seasoned amateur. However until a few months ago, I hadn't been on a bike in 20 years, so despite the miles I've put in in recent months, I'd still regard myself as relatively new to it, and thus my perceptions of what is steep, and thus a bit of a leg-burner may be different to others.

If you fancy some steep climbs go to the prom in new bo and do the side streets, some are at 17%.
Maybe one day. Give me a bit of time to develop my climbing legs. :lol:

With regard to the route between Sefton Park and the waterfront being used repeatedly for various events, I think it might just be a matter of convenience. The park offers large flat fields to act as a staging area, while also offering an obvious circular route, but also various routes through the middle that can easily form loops to easily increase the distance without resorting to miles of road closures. The waterfront is a natural start/end point from a media perspective, and also offers the best public transport provision for spectators. The route between the two is also straightforward, and doesn't require the closure of too many major roads. It's a route that has been proven to work many times, so it may be a case of 'if it ain't broke'.

That's not to say I wouldn't personally like to see things mixed up a little. If I was to level one criticism at the Sky Ride event, part of the concept is the closure of major roads to traffic. While that may have been true of Wapping/Parliament Street, I might have liked to have seen a route taking in similar roads - Leeds Street and Byrom Street for example - but tying it to part of the Tour of Britain route obviously made logistical sense.
 

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Could have used the magical flyover that people want to turn into a farm/ashtray/allotment. Ha don't worry about hills, no matter what or wear you ride, there will always be someone faster, someone slower, someone stronger, someone weaker.
Anyway, first up the hill buys the drinks.
 
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