THE CITY’S biggest summer cycling event hit the streets today (Sunday).

HSBC UK Let’s Ride Southampton made a return to the city, where residents took part in the free cycling festival to see their city from the saddle.

For the first time ever, this year’s route set off from St Mary’s stadium.

The main route took riders on a 6.25km circuit of the city centre via the city’s parks before they headed through the stadium itself for the finale.

There was also the option of a shorter loop for those who don’t wish to complete the full route and the event started at 11am.