By Nigel Wynn
An estimated 15,000 people turned out for the first of satellite broadcaster Sky's mass-particiation rides, Skyride Manchester.
British Olympic gold medallists Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny and Ed Clancy all saddled up for the 10km ride, which ran from Albert Square to Manchester Velodrome and back on closed roads.
Along with the main ride, there were several other events taking placein Manchester as part of the event, including BMX stunt display, fancy dress parade and stands offering fitness advice.
The Skyride events are part of Sky and British Cycling's joint aim to get one million more people out cycling regularly by 2013.
Four further Skyride events will take place this summer:
9 August, Skyride Hounslow
23 August, Skyride Glasgow
30 August, Skyride Leicester
20 September, Skyride London
In addition to these large city-based rides, there are many local rides on offer all around the UK. You can find out more at www.goskyride.com.
Skyride: Sky launches first step in new cycling programme
British Cycling and Sky want one million people on their bikes
Five stages that could shape the Tour de France 2022
Just five of the 21 days of racing which could see the fight for yellow tipped on its head
By Tim Bonville-Ginn •
US amateur rider handed four-year doping ban after winning cat three race
The 49-year-old was tested after his win in the Arizona State Championships this summer
By Alex Ballinger •