STARS on their bikes are to shine take over central London this Sunday when the Mayor of London’s Skyride, returns for its annual visit.

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Famous figures like Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, actress/model Kelly Brook and the Big Wheel of London himself, Boris Johnson, will join tens of thousands of other cyclists for the event, in which some of London’s most famous roads are closed to motorised transport, giving bikes a free reign.

Those roads form a continuous route that stretches east from the front door of Buckingham Palace to the steps of the Tower of London, via the Embankment and St Paul’s Cathedral.

“London is in the midst of a two wheeled revolution,” said Johnson, whose new bike hire scheme has already proved popular, “and Sky Ride promises to add to our aim of making the capital the epicentre of pedal power.”

Despite being Scottish, Hoy let it slip that he prefers the London event to the Glasgow one.

“Having just attended Sky Ride Glasgow and after taking part in the Mayor of London’s Sky Ride last year, I’m really looking forward to the London event,” he said.

“I enjoy all the Sky Ride events, but it’s always something extra special experiencing one of the world’s most exciting cities in a unique, traffic-free environment.