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Thousands of cyclists took the to the streets of Hounslow last weekend for the second of the five closed road Sky Rides.

The 10 km route was entirely closed and took the cyclists through the greener parts of the borough where BSkyB's headquarters is based.

Olympic medalist Ross Edgar was the British cycling star on show, while Sky's new Director of Cycling was also present, saying; “The weather was spectacular; it was a really good route. The number of families and local community out was astonishing actually, we didn’t quite expect it.”

The next event is in Glasgow on August 23, followed by Leicester on August 30th and central London on September 20th. Local Sky Rides are going on up and down the country - you can register here.

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


SIMON IS CURRENTLY RIDING

Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel